Percy Jackson – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

893174Page Number: 377

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Miramax Books, 2005

ISBN: 9780786856299

My Rating: ★★★★★

So I was a little apprehensive when starting the Percy Jackson series because everyone I know who has read it thought it was brilliant. Now I know why! As you can see I have given this book a five and out five stars and this is because it deserves nothing less, it was just awesome!

So we begin our journey with a young boy named Percy Jackson living in New York, he has trouble fitting in at school and puts this down to the fact that he has ADHD and Dyslexia. The story follows Percy through his transition from being at the bottom of the social ladder to discovering he is the son of an Olympian god. Yes that’s right, he is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea.

On a school trip to the museum Percy’s math teacher transforms into a Fury and tries to kill him and this is when his best friend Grover reveals himself as a Satyr (half goat, half man). Once Percy has come to terms with the fact that he has powers beyond that of a mortal being he starts noticing other things, such as the large amount of monsters that now seem to be after him.

Percy has to leave his home and travel to a place known at Camp Half Blood, where all the children of the gods must go to be trained against the monsters that hunt them, they are Heroes in the making and Percy has now joined them.

Percy then receives a quest and must battle it out with monsters, gods and other unearthly beings to retrieve the Lightning Bolt of Zeus which has been stolen.

The characters in this novel are extremely relatable, as the reader you can appreciate the hardships Percy is having to deal with after discovering his true identity.

The world is built to an impeccable standard, Rioden draws you in with his great depth of knowledge regarding Greek Mythology. All the stories and gods link together so flawlessly and make for an extremely entertaining story.

I would recommend this to anyone of any age, the novel is timeless and even though I’m a 20 year old girl I felt a real connection with Percy, a twelve year old boy!

Keep an eye out for my review of ‘The Sea of Monsters’, the second in the Percy Jackson series.

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