The Lightning Thief Review

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to me walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightening bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Back in middle school, I fell in love with Percy Jackson and the Olympians. My love for the series is part of why I love Greek Mythology. It was fun rediscovering the characters and the beast and the Gods. The Lightning Thief is the first book in the series.

What is fun about reading the series now is understanding the world better. As in having a stronger knowledge of mythology. Percy Jackson is a half-blood- meaning half human and half god (turns out he is the son of Poseidon). He goes on a quest with Grover, a satyr, and Annabeth, daughter of Athena. They deal with various beasts like Medusa, a Chimara, and put up with traps. There are some plot twists I didn’t see coming. Like always, I still strongly dislike Hades (it is hard to love the God of the Underworld).

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a great series to get introduced to mythology. Next read: Sea of Monsters.

3 thoughts on “The Lightning Thief Review

  1. I think it must be about ten years since I last read The Lightning Thief. It was definitely one of my favorite books back in the day, and I know that I have all of the books at home, so I definitely need to do a reread sometime soon.


  2. Such a good series! Unfortunately, I didn’t read this series until I was an adult and I feel like I would have enjoyed it so much more if I read it as a middle-grader. But even as an adult, I loved this first book!


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