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Series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: Disney Hyperion Books
Synopsis from Goodreads: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
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I wasn’t sure if I was going to review this one being that it is technically 10 years old (the copyright date is for 2005 although the listed publication date on Goodreads is 2006) but then I decided I had to. Why? Because there has to be someone out there, like me, who hasn’t read this book yet. And that, my friends, is a travesty.
I admit I’m late to the Percy Jackson game. I saw the trailers for the Lightning Thief movie and I was mildly interested but didn’t pay much attention because at the time I wasn’t reading (the dreaded reading slump) and because I actually didn’t know it was based on a book at that time. I learned that later, but still didn’t watch the movie or read the book.
But as I was perusing the library shelves at my college, The Lightning Thief was sitting there in all it’s glory and I decided I might as well see what the fuss was about. I saw – so much so that I actually finished the book (devoured it) the same day I checked it out, which was actually yesterday (Oct. 12, 2015).
I’m a Greek Mythology nut. I absolutely love it. Yet I found characters from the Greek myths that I hadn’t heard of before in this book. Which is a good thing because it wasn’t boring to me when the Greek myth characters were in the mix. I loved how the gods were portrayed – especially Artemis, who is included even though she’s chosen to remain a maiden and therefore wouldn’t have children. At first Ares was a bit of a shock but then I could see where a biker would be a good fit for him. And I’m still laughing about the fact that Poseidon looks like a beach bum/tourist when Percy meets him.
I won’t tell you, if you don’t know, who Percy’s father is, but I will say it didn’t take me long to figure it out. But then again, that’s not a bad thing. It’s actually quite helpful.
It’s hard not to give away the entire story – you just have to read the book for yourself if you haven’t already. Trust me, this book is amazing.