{The Lightning Thief: Rick Riordan}The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 1, 2006
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Junior High, Middle School, Movie Adaptation
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
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{Synopsis} – 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.

{My thoughts} – Percy is a 12 year-old boy that is about to learn that the world he has lived in his entire life, isn’t really as it seems. He has attended school after school and been kicked out of so many for bad behavior. He has been told that his behavior is because of ADHD and Dyslexia, However, that is only a small percentage of the real issues at hand.

Percy is about to learn the hard way that the mythological monsters and the gods he has learned about in his textbooks are real. He is about to learn that they are after him, and that it is their goal for some to help him, and for others to try and destroy him! What is really going on? It’s hard to say cause things are a bit chaotic at first while he tries to find ways to navigate what is quickly becoming his new reality.

Percy has a friend named Grover at school, the only friend he seems to have made. The problem is that Grover is weak and Percy is always left standing up for him and defending him. Percy has a lot to learn about Grover, however, they have a nice bond. At the end of the school term they both get on a bus together and Grover offers to walk home with Percy. That isn’t how the events unfold though – they unfold much differently and eventually they end up meeting up again, just not in the way they would have imagined.

Percy and his mom go on a weekend trip. It is on this trip that his entire world explodes. It is on this trip that he realizes things will never be the same again. It is on this trip that he sees he isn’t just an average human boy. His mom ends up disappearing from thin air after they he, his mom and Grover are attacked. It’s from there that Grover and Percy head to Camp Half-Blood. Once they get there everything changes again. Percy learns what he really is and it isn’t an ordinary human. He also learns which god is his father.

It eventually becomes Percy’s quest to find out who stole Zues’ Lightning Bolt. Percy. Annabeth another camper and Grover go on a quest to solve this mystery. This quest is an adventure of a lifetime and they are tested and tried and forced to overcome so many different obstacles.

I really am glad that a close friend recommended this book to me. It was a fun read and I am looking forward to reading more books in the series in the near future. Percy is a fun character and so are his two friends Grover and Annabeth. I look forward to learning more about them and their stories. I really enjoyed the tie in to the Greek Mythology. I have always had an interest in it, I just don’t always enjoy reading about it. This book made reading about it interesting and entertaining. This is definitely a book that I am going to add to my highly recommended list of books to read.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.