Title: The Lightning Thief.
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1.
Writer(s): Rick Riordan.
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books.
Release Date: June 28th 2005.
Genre(s): Fantasy, Young Adult.
My Overall Rating:
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. For one kid, all he ever wanted was a simple and bully-less life. But when he learns that there was much more to who he is than what he knows, he goes on to discover his inner strength, stamina, and perseverance, unlocking an ability to do everything in his power to protect and save the people he cares about. First adapted as a movie in 2010—unfortunately failing to garner the desired success—and now awaiting a Disney+ live-action TV series adaptation, writer Rick Riordan’s critically-acclaimed series has made the rounds and become one of the most beloved young adult fantasy series in the world. It was now my turn to finally discover Percy Jackson’s story.
What is The Lightning Thief about? Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old boy who is on the verge of getting kicked out of his boarding school once again. While his dyslexia and ADHD don’t help him perform much in class, he has lately been experiencing odd phenomenons, instances where mythological creatures infiltrate his reality and seek to take his life. With only his textbook knowledge on Greek mythology at hand, he is slowly reeled into a perilous quest that will send him looking for Zeus’ precious and lost master lightning bolt. While the road ahead is not without its fair share of obstacles, from monsters to gods, Percy Jackson needs to elucidate the riddle of the Oracle where a fate far worse than death awaits him.
“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
— Rick Riordan (2005)
Writer Rick Riordan does a remarkable job in infusing Percy Jackson’s world with a soft take on Greek mythology as he ventures into a mystical facet hidden in plain sight, right in the United States of America. Sequentially exploring notorious Greek monsters and Gods, he offers readers the chance to rediscover them through the eyes of young children who are ready to tackle the worse that destiny has in store for them in order to achieve their deepest desires. The modernized interpretation of these myths jumbled with the breakneck pace of this story ultimately makes this quest riveting in unimaginable ways. The minimal effort put into merging these worlds together and bringing it all to life is a feat in itself, one that makes the journey refreshing and delightful.
And then you have these characters at the core of this adventure. None of them are flawless, yet somehow they shine like beacons of light in a scary world. They all have unique identifying personalities, they all have dreams, and they all have qualities and talents that make them all the more special in their own way. The main trio also procures some fun banter that highlights their charismatic nature, whether it’s through their silly jokes or their insecure deflections. The various different creatures and gods that they encounter also embody iconic traits of their respective mythological counterparts and bring readers additional entertainment in their particular interpretation. While you might know everything about who they are, writer Rick Riordan assures readers a thrilling ride with fun surprises to make it all worthwhile.
The Lightning Thief is an electrifying and enchanting quest drawing upon Greek mythology and sending a couple of friends through a myriad of exciting trials to seek the truth.