Sunday, February 5, 2012
"The Lightning Thief" (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
Synopsis: Heroes abound in Rick Riordan's children's series, Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Twelve year old Percy Jackson is your average trouble maker. He's been to six different schools in the past six years, and he is this close to being kicked out again. His ADHD and dyslexia aren't helping matters any either. And now, to top of everything else, Percy's either gone crazy or his world is about to be turned upside down when his pre-algebra teacher turns into a monster and attacks him. Soon Percy finds out all the Greek legends he learned in school may not be myths after all, in fact, the Greek gods do exist and one of them is connected to Percy in a big way and needs his help. The problem? If Percy is going to be a hero is this new world he's discovered he's got to deal with the consequences, because most heroes end up as tragedies.
My Thoughts: I've always been a big fan of children's adventures: Harry Potter, Pendragon, the Chronicles of Narnia... they all hold a special place in my heart. So when I discovered Percy Jackson I completely fell in love again. Rick Riordan captures something special in this series, the complexity of childhood. Percy Jackson is as lovable as Harry Potter and just as unique. What I loved about this book was the awesomeness of the Greek mythology thrown in with the modern world. Have you ever wondered what Ares would look like if he was to come to your local dinner for a bite to eat? He'd be riding a motorcycle complete with a leather jacket, of course! Not only was the mythology cool, but throw in Percy as a young,current Odysseus and his companions and you have for one amazing read.
My Rating: 4/5 Greek gods