‘Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief’ by Rick Riordan

 

377p

2005

Disney Hyperion

Borrowed

516tbavfpvl-_sx324_bo1204203200_Twelve year old Percy Jackson, diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD, has always considered himself to be unusual. Expelled from multiple schools, he has a bit of a reputation as a trouble maker. But in a shocking turn of events, he discovers that he is the son of a Greek god, and his whole world is turned completely upside down.

Living a normal life is no longer possible as he’s exposed to many dangers, so he goes with Grover, his friend, who turns out to be his special protector, to Camp Half-Blood, where many other half-blood children and teens from around the world live. There, the half-god, half-humans stay in relative safety from the monsters and evils that would seek to harm them. While there, they train and learn techniques that can help them survive to in the outside world.

When Percy is accused of stealing Zeus’s lightening bolt, he, Grover and their new-found friend Annabeth go on a mission to clear his name. They need to find out who stole the Lightening Bolt, while avoiding all the many life-threatening foes along the way.

My 13 year old brother Kieran positively raves about Rick Riordan’s books- he owns all of them- so I figured it was about time I gave them a try. Kieran recommended that I read Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief; it’s the first in the 5 book Percy Jackson series and the one that got him hooked.

The plot is fast, funny and full of surprises, and there’s loads of facts about the Greek gods- you really learn a lot about the myths surrounding them. The characters are so engaging, pulling you into the story, and Kieran says that because of the way the series is written, he truly believes in the story. 😉

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief is a great book perfect for any reader and it’s a fab series as well, although I’d suggest that you read them in order. Rick Riordan has also written stand-alone books, centring on the myths about the gods, as well as other series, which Kieran recommends, though I haven’t read them yet: Trials of Apollo (Greek and Roman gods); Kane Chronicles (Egyptian gods); Heroes of Olympus (Greek and Roman gods); and Magnus Chase (Norse gods).

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