Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Thanks to @drakhanas for lending me this book, it was a great read.

Of course I’d heard of the movie that came out a couple of years back, and when I saw it advertise I thought it looked rather interesting, but somehow I never got around to seeing it.  That seems to happen a lot more often than I’d like it to, but such is life.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) was a very quick, but good read.  It deals with Percy Jackson, who is the half god/ half human son of Poseidon, the god of the sea.  It deals with his struggles in a modern day world of present-day America, but has Greek mythological influences and themes all the way through the book.  The author does a fine job of keeping you tuned into the book and wanting to read more.

The book was written in the first person, from the protagonist’s perspective, who is a 12-year old 6th grade student at a boarding school. (*Hint Twilight
)  I have to admit that I am growing a bit tired of the theme we’ve been seeing lately of protagonists all being middle-school-aged youths, who struggle with adult-type issues.  I don’t think this fact detracted from the story, but it did put me in a skeptical state of mind about the book when I first dove into it.  However, I am glad I endured the first chapter and got used to the idea of the 12-year old protagonist because it turned out to be a really good read.  I’m planning to follow up the series with the other 4 books soon.

So yes, I definitely recommend this book to both the young and adult reader.  It’s good and clean for the youth and a fascinating story for the experienced reader.

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