Title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Release date: July 4th, 2013 (first published June 28th, 2005)
Publisher: Puffin Books
I am very ashamed to say that in my 21 years on this earth, I have never read a single Percy Jackson book. Now, in my defense, I have tried to pick up the Lightning Thief multiple times in audio format but for some reason, I could never get myself to finish it… Maybe it was due to the narration I don’t know. Either way, the other day when I was on a short trip to Germany I decided to pick up a physical copy of this first installment in the Percy Jackson series and boy am I happy I did! Let’s get into all my thoughts on this legendary
The characters were definitely my
Percy is such an awesome character! He is very funny and not afraid to take risks if it will better his chances of completing his goals. I also like how he is actually a twelve-year-old kid. While reading the book I fully believe that he is the age he is supposed to be, meaning I don’t feel like he is made more mature and clever than is plausible. The author didn’t try to push personality traits or a vocabulary on him that wouldn’t have fit his character.
Of course we can’t forget about good ol’ Grover. As much as I loved Grover in this book, I do kind of feel like he is a bit more of a side-kick… I really hope we get to see more of his quest to find Pan in the next books. Or something equally exciting for his character. Cause at this point, although I think he is quite a nice contribution to the story, I think he is more of a comic relief / trusty side-kick…
Like I already mentioned earlier, one of my favourite parts of this novel were the characters. I really think they were what made the story come to life. The wit with which they spoke and chemistry they had between each other made me invested in the story.
Apart from the characters I LOVED the mythology aspect! I personally don’t know a whole lot about Greek mythology and the vastness of the subject has always stopped me from delving into it. So I love that I am now getting a manageable introduction on that.
There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this book. The only thing I can think of is the fact that it was a bit slow at points. But this is a very minor complaint that I am willing to forgive seeing as it is the first book in a five-book series and Riordan obviously had to built a world and set up a lot of things for further progression in the story.
Deadlines just aren’t real to me until I’m staring one in the face.
Overall I thought this was a fabulous read. I have been in a middle-grade mood as it is, so this was the perfect book for me right now! I think this would have been a very influential book to me had I read it as a child. Now it was just a very entertaining and well-written read. The next book is already waiting for me so there will be a new review up very soon (hopefully)!
Please tell me in the comments whether you have read this series and if you liked it! (no spoilers svp)