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Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief, A Book Review

Three days. It only took me three days to read this book - and I honestly can’t believe I haven’t read it sooner. So without further ado, here is the Percy Jackson book review...

Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief book cover.

Overview

  • Average Rating: 4.27 stars

  • My Rating: 5 stars

  • Genres: Fiction, fantasy, middle grade

  • Descriptors: Adventurous, funny, lighthearted

  • Pace: Fast-paced

  • CW/TW: Graphic - bullying, violence, domestic abuse, Moderate - death of parent, car accident, death, Minor - child death, ableism, war. To see the full list click here.

Summary


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 Percy Jackson Book Review


This is another 5 star review because how could it not be!?!


The voice of this story grabbed my attention from the first sentence and didn’t let go for a second. Percy’s voice really comes through in such an authentic manner - the middle school sass, the innocence and fear of a child, and yet the boldness and loyalty comes through as well. I honestly haven’t read writing this genuine and good in a while. Each character, side or otherwise, had their own arc and development throughout the book. They weren’t only there to serve Percy's arc.


The storyline flowed seamlessly and you really get the sense that the main trio are taking these trials in stride. There are also external and internal factors that are impacting their decision making and ability to problem solve (such as literal gods and goddesses).

As well, the plot twists weren’t “I didn’t see that coming,” but “I should have seen that coming.” For a middle grade book I was genuinely surprised when the pieces all came together in the end - you’d think with all my crime drama watching nothing would shock me anymore, but here we are.


One last thing I want to touch on is why I didn’t read this series before. I remember hearing about it when I was in elementary school, but I never took an interest in them. Part of this is because I believed they were “boy’s” books, and I was a girl so I couldn’t read them.


The same can be said about getting stuck in the YA genre in high school. Whenever I went to the bookstore I’d head straight to my designated section and age-group. You find books that are written for each age group or grade such as 6-8, 9-12, then teen, and so on.


It wasn’t until grade 12 when I was reading a novel for English that I realized I now had access to the entire bookstore. Like nothing was stopping me at that point except, you know, myself. I do wish I had realized this sooner because I would read an entire YA series and then think “why did I just waste my time reading six books about this.” But hey, you live and you learn.


Final Thoughts


I have read book two and three of this series now. Somehow it just keeps getting better. I also cannot wait for the show to premiere in December - I just have to rally my sister to read the first book at the very least so we can watch it together.

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