Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Lightning Thief Book Review

Wow...it's been so long since I last made a post on here! Sorry about that, everyone! I promise that I'll try to upload at least something every week from now on. :)

Now onto the book review! Spoilers are in white, so highlight them to see.



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' 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' 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 warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


I really enjoyed The Lightning Thief - so much that it is now on the "Favourites" list. Rich Riorda's writing is amusing, engaging, and easy to read.

There's a few things I didn't like about the book, though. One - Percy's intense dislike of his stepdad. Okay, I know the guy is a total jerk, but is that really a good enough excuse to make him into a statue? Also, I find the parts about the gods having kids with humans a little unnerving because I seriously doubt they got married before hand.

Other than that, I LOVE this book. Because of the few things mentioned about, I will give this book a rating of:

Alyianna's rating for content: 8 out of 10
Alyianna's rating overall: 9 out 10

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

How are the gods portrayed: as real or not? I've wanted to read these for a while, but don't know much about them contentwise.

Alyianna Baggins said...

Well hello there!

In these books, the gods are portrayed as real. However, I have noticed a hint in a few of the books of there being a higher power than the Greek gods. It is not said who, but I would be tempted to say God.

- Anna