The Lightning Thief | Book Review 

The Lightning Thief

“My name is Percy Jackson. 

I’m twelve years old. Until a few months ago, I was a boarding student at Yancy Academy, a private school for troubled kids in upstate New York.

Am I a troubled kid?

Yeah. You could say that.” 


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. 

“Right,” she said, “We’re going to the Land of the Dead and I shouldn’t think negative.”

Another one bites the dust! I have just finished The Lighting Thief and I am beyond impressed. I admit I thought the book may be to young for me and I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as if I had read it when I was younger. I’m glad to report I was completely wrong! Rick Riordan writes much like J.K.Rowling, with both children and adults in mind. While I was reading I didn’t once feel like I couldn’t relate to the story or characters, which was a wonderful surprise. 

“How did you die?”

“We er….drowned in a bathtub.”

“All three of you?”

“It was a big bathtub.” 

Throughout the book I laughed, got teary eyed and cheered Percy on from where I sat on my bed. Having a much less interesting adventure then Jackson. Percy is a very mature twelve year old, and while reading I had to keep reminding myself he wasn’t an adult. His moments of humour and bitting sarcasm aided in reminding me of his youth as well. Percy  is a brave, loyal, and hilarious character whose growth throughout the book was a joy to behold. I can only imagine what is in store for him in the next book! 

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.” 

“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.” 

Annabeth is the wise, kickass female character I always pray is within the pages of whatever book I’m reading. She is an excellent counterpart to Percy’s character and is another character of whom clearly grows throughout the book and reveals herself to be an equally loyal friend to Percy. Though I spy a romance in the future I’m glad the first book isn’t about that, and sets the foundation of friendship. Making Annabeth more then just a love interest, but an essential support in his quest. 

“The real world is where the monsters are.” 

The Mythology is the element of the book that I can see keeping me hooked for many novels to come. I have been a fan of Greek, Roman and Norse Mythology since I was in primary school and have a large collection of books on the subject to prove it. The way Riordan weaves the myths into the story is exciting and clearly well researched. I found myself getting giddy with each reference to Nymphs, Olympus and of course the Gods themselves. 

“It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.” 

The invention of Camp Half-Blood is ingenious and I adored reading each moment spent there. Being completely enthralled by the imagery Riordan so expertly creates in the readers mind. Naturally I found myself wondering which cabin I would want to stay in myself, and obsessively reading the pages for more information about all aspects of the camp.

“The real world is where the monsters are.” 

“Hades raised an eyebrow. When he sat forward in his throne, shadowy faces appeared in the folds of his black robes, faces of torment, as if the garment was stitched of trapped souls from the Fields of Punishment, trying to get out. The ADHD part of me wondered, off-task, whether the rest of his clothes were made the same way. What horrible things would you have to do in your life to get woven into Hades’ underwear?” 

This book flew through my fingertips as a clamoured to read each page to find out the fate of our heroes in this journey. I can honestly say it’s a journey with a brilliant finish and I cannot wait to pick up the next book. The hints of whats to come has set of an excitement that will not be quenched till I have that hot little book in my hands! Please don’t follow my lead and let the fear of this book being to young for you stop you from reading it any longer. It’s one of my favourite books I’ve read this year!

“Names have power.”