Review: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

[Goodreads]: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. 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 friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy 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. 

I gave it 4 stars!

*minor spoilers in this review*

I’m so glad I decided to give this book another try. The first time I tried to read it, the movies had just come out and I had really enjoyed them but the difference in age and the writing didn’t work at all for me then. I ended up DNFing it.

As far as the plot, conflict and ending of this story, I already knew what was going to happen from watching the movies, with a few important exceptions. It was a bit dull in the beginning but by the middle of the story, I was kept on the edge of my seat excited to see what would happen next (even if I already knew the gist of it).

I love Greek mythology and I was initially drawn to this series because of the key role it plays in the story. I was very satisfied with how it was handled, not only in the interactions between characters and living myths but also in the way that it was informative and fun without being an unpleasant info dump. From all the small details to the big gods and creatures, I just loved everything in this story.

The main character of the story is Percy Jackson (just in the case the title wasn’t too clear on that), a troubled boy who discovers he’s a half-blood, the son of the sea god Poseidon. At first, Percy does seem to be the typical delinquent, with a bad attitude and behavior, who doesn’t fit in anywhere but as the story progresses and he learns his true identity, everything just clicks into place. So, honestly, it’s a pretty basic character journey and development but it was really fun to read, so I’m not complaining.

There’s only place fro half-blood kids like him, and that’s Camp Half Blood, a place to train and prepare them for the the world and all its dangers. And make friends since it’s also a summer camp.

Annabeth and Grover are Percy’s companion’s on his quest. Annabeth, in particular, is probably the best character in this book. She’s the daughter of Athena and she’s clever and brave and extremely resourceful. She’s not fearless, or without her flaws, like being a bit hostile to Percy at first because their parents hate each other. She’s just a great female character.

Grover was never a character I was too fond of, though I suppose he has his purpose in this story. (If he wasn’t there I wouldn’t miss him, though). He’s your typical sidekick, witty character who screws up occasionally but tries really hard to succeed and save his friends.

The writing was a bit dull and even irritating at first. The book is told solely from Percy’s perspective and the mind of a 12-year-old boy, although probably well-portrayed, isn’t all that interesting. As the story progressed and Percy himself grew and changed, and with the quest, it became better. Or at least, there were no particular moments when I noticed something negative about the writing.

Overall, this was a really fun and quick read and I’m looking forward to the next book – The Sea of Monsters.

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