In this blog, I am going to review a well known fiction novel called "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan. I have read this book before many times and each time, I found the moments capturing my attention and my imagination. I've loved reading this book in the past so much that I thought I should read it again and review it in a blog! I think that this book would be a favorite read for most people who love fantasy and got an "A" in Greek mythology!
In the book, the main character, Percy Jackson, was having a lot of problems when it came to his home and schools. When Percy was a baby, his father abandoned the family and his mother replaced his dad with a wretched step-father who spends all of his time gambling away the family money. At school, each place Percy attends ends in him having a horrific accident on a field trip which always gets him expelled. Now, as his sixth grade school year comes to a close, Percy's Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner, decides to take his class to a museum. While every one else is excited about the outing, Percy is praying that everything would turn out all right considering his history with field trips. On the tour, Percy is pulled aside by his brutal math teacher, Mrs. Dodds. She tells him that he is "giving her trouble", and she turns into a with bat-like creature. She then prepares to kill Percy, but is stopped when his Latin teacher throws him a pen that turns into a sword. Percy swings it at the creature and Mrs. Dodds disappears.
At the end of the school year, Percy's surprised to find out that he is going to go on a trip to the beach with his mom. After he gets there, his best friend from school, Grover, arrives out of nowhere and forces Percy to tell his mom about the fight with the creature at the museum. In a rush, the trio drives to Camp Half-Blood, the place his abandoned father always wanted Percy to go to stay safe. On the drive, Grover tells Percy that all the Greek myths he's ever heard about are actually true... and that he's a Demigod!
I would give this book five out of five stars because the story was very detailed, so much so that it made all the Greek gods of legend and monsters seem almost real. I also liked this story because it is packed with action and was a real page turner. Lastly, I liked this masterpiece because I think it is a great introduction to Greek mythology. Reading this teen novel really brought me into an entirely new world, and I hope that it does the same for you!
If you enjoyed reading the Percy Jackson and The Olympians book series as much as I did, you might also want to check out Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes" which goes into more detail on the different Greek heroes.