The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan: A Review

#19 on my 2017 Reading Challenge is The Lightning Thief, a book I own but haven’t read yet. I picked this book up some time back, but am only just now getting around to reading it. I wish I knew why it took me so long. This was a really fun read!

Book one of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief introduces us to a world of myths and legends from ancient Greek and Roman times. Riordan has seamlessly brought these ancient stories to life right here in modern America.

The story opens in New York City where Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of his sixth boarding school in as many years. He has dyslexia, ADHD and has a knack for attracting trouble. And then, while on a field trip in the city, Percy is attacked by his math teacher and he destroys her with a pen-turned-sword.

Life as he has known it changes forever in that moment. He learns that the gods and heroes of Greek mythology are very much real. Not only that, he is himself a part of that world. Turns out, he’s a half-blood, the son of one of those gods he’d never believed in before.

That’s not all. Before he can even adjust to this new knowledge, Percy is thrust into the middle of a huge sibling rivalry as he is accused of having stolen a powerful object from the gods themselves. Along with his best friend – who turns out to be a satyr – and another demigod, he is sent on quest that takes them across the US. Mayhem and misadventure ensue as Percy struggles to accept his newly discovered identity.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to Percy’s next adventure in The Sea of Monsters. I’m so glad I finally read this. Now, on to the next unread book I’ve already owned for far too long.