Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson & The Olympians Book 1 in the series, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he cant seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worsePercy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. Percys mom decides its time that he knew the truth about where he came from. 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 friendsone a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of AthenaPercy 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. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

I have always wanted to read this book and as soon as I saw the preview for the movie I knew it had to be read before I saw the movie. I was a little skeptical at first. Is this going to be another boy saves the world (like Harry Potter). It was an easy read, grabbed my attention right away. I think that if I knew something about Greek Mythology it would really have helped, I know nothing about it and I was lost a couple times. Thankfully I have kids and a husband who does.

With fantasy books I love to see what authors do and I just loved the stop off in Las Vegas, I just thought that was a really neat idea (sorry no spoilers from me).

I will probably read the rest of the series, but it didn't have me dying to continue reading like Harry Potter did. Maybe the next book will.

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