Book Review: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: Book One: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


Scholastic, Inc./Disney Hyperion

Publish Date:
June 14, 2005


Trade Paperback

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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 be 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 lightning 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 warms him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Review: Percy Jackson comes across as a screw-up, kicked out of schools, dyslexic with a heavy dose of ADHD. What he doesn't know is that there is more to him than meets the eye. On a field trip to the museum, a teacher attacks him by turning into a fury and is dispatched by a pen-turned-sword given to him by another teacher. This is his first glimpse at a world he never knew existed outside of the storybooks.

I love this book and I plan on reading the rest of the series. Haven't you always wanted to be someone special? What about the son or daughter of a Greek God - a demigod? Percy learns he's the son of Poseidon and he can't ever look back. I loved the action and adventure of this story and Percy's definitely a likeable character. It's like reading the Greek myths set in current times. Excellent, indeed!

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (1), The Sea of Monsters (2), The Titan's Curse (3), The Battle of the Labyrinth (4), The Last Olympian (5)


  1. I had heard great things about this book but when I tried to read it I found it to be a little too young for me. Maybe I'll give it another try soon.

  2. I have this in my TBR pile (my bookseller recommended the series). I've heard good things about this too, and since I love mythology it's even more enticing. Holding off watching the movie until I read the book.

  3. I adore this series something fierce!

  4. I'm one of those adults-reading-young-fiction. My son, with the same addiction, clued me into the Percy Jackson series. I'm sure you'll enjoy the rest of the series to its logical and exciting climax.

    [Wished the movie did the book better justice.]

  5. I loved this one too, as did my daughter. It was a good one to discuss with her. I haven't gotten any farther in the series, but she has all of them.

  6. I adore this series! It was a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants good time =) Weren't the chapter titles hilarious? I definitely agree - everyone should check out this series!

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  8. I have read the whole series and LOVED it. His new book about egyptian mythologie is said to be really good as well, I think it's called the Red Pyramid.

  9. i loved this too and plan to read the other books but haven't got around to them yet. i was so disapointed in the movie however.


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