Review: Percy Jackson And The Olympians : The Lightning Thief

Posted: July 6, 2009 in Reviews, Young Adult Book Challenge 2009

Book: Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

My Rating : 4 out of 5

Book Available at : Flipkart , Amazon, Indiebound

Harry Potter fans have always wondered if they could ever love any other series as they loved HP . The answer to that is NO. Harry Potter is something you cannot replace, it was special. It will always hold that dear place in the reader’s mind but that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy other fantasy series . My sister absolutely refused to read other books for a few days once she read the last book and realised that Harry Potter is never gonna make a come back but that was until she found Percy Jackson 🙂

Percy Jackson And The Olympian series is about Percy , a half blood ( heard term before ? ), a semi/demi god , who gets to know that his father is one of the Olympian gods. As if that info wasn’t shocking enough, he comes to know that his life is in danger from monsters who come sniffing for him.Percy is hurriedly taken to a summer camp, Camp Half Blood at Long Island, where half blood kids of various gods learn archery, Greek , sword fighting etc etc.A training camp for heroes. Percy who has been expelled from every school he has ever joined ,due to his ADHD and some really weird happenings ,finally realises he belongs here because all this comes naturally to him. While he discover which of the gods is his father , he also has to face his fate which has decided that he has a quest to undertake . Along with his friends Annabeth and Grover he sets forth to meet what destiny has en stored for him .

Book has a great deal of mythology which makes the reading fun and informative more so for kids . Legends are interwoven in present scenario with finesse. It’s the first one in the series and it does make you want to read the rest of them. There are places in the book where the narrative is jagged and you feel lost but the storyline makes up for that.The plot about prophecies and a powerful villain who is plotting to rise to power does give a sense of de javu but that’s where the similarities end. The book does stand apart in a league of it’s own. It’s more of bravery than magic.

  1. Nish says:

    I loved this book too. Yet to embark on the rest in the series though. Do they match up to the first?

    My review of the book is here: