The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

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Jan 03, 2021

This was the first series book that I was really attached to and liked. Since I was in the 4th grade, which was 7 years back now, I've followed along with all of the books and after finishing reading "The Tower of Nero", it's hard to believe so much has happened since Percy first entered Camp Half-Blood. With the 3 series' finished, I can only hope that there will be more to come and a TV series (that I hope comes sooner rather than later) to look forward to as well !

Dec 18, 2020

Percy Jackson is the best book ever. All of them are really good, this one I think is not my favorite. But it is a classic! EVERY book in this series is good duh!

Dec 15, 2020

Absolutely the G.O.A.T book series ever!! The most fantabulus series in the universe

Dec 04, 2020

Percy Jackson is a seemingly normal 12-year-old child with ADHD and dyslexia, but he is plunged into the world of Greek mythology when monsters attack him. His first meeting with these monsters is when Furies sent from Hades command him to return Zeus’ lightning bolt. Once his mother finds out, she sends him to the only safe place for demigods before she is dragged to the Underworld by the Minotaur. Here, he finds out that his true father is Poseidon, God of the Seas.

Unfortunately for Percy, 60 years ago there was a pact between The Big Three, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. Due to demigod children of these three Gods being too powerful for mortals, the pact was created to prevent them from ever having demigod children again, but Hades was the only god who did not break the pact. When Zeus’ lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon for stealing it with the help of Percy, and orders that he return it by the summer solstice. Poseidon, in turn, demands an apology for his accusation by the same date since he is innocent. To prevent a devastating civil war between the gods, Percy must now find which god is the true thief and return the lightning bolt to Zeus. By doing this, he can rescue his mother who is being held captive in the Underworld until the lightning bolt is returned.

In my opinion, this is a great book to start reading books by Rick Riordan. It is because of this book that I have now read every Rick Riordan series. It has a well-paced and well thought out plot. Very action packed, and excellent if you like mythology, or fantasy in general.

Ages: 12+

Dec 02, 2020

AMAZING!!!!! It is really nice. People who like fantasy, humor and adventure books should read this. I totally recommend this!!!!

I remember loving these books as a kid, and I even went to a book signing event with Rick Riordan for his last installment in the sequel following Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It's in this book where we are introduced to Percy Jackson himself, and find out he's a demigod. That means he's a descendant of one of the gods, and his happens to be Poseidon. This will cause further problems for him at his new camp, and send him on a quest to retrieve Zeus's missing lightning bolt after being accused of stealing it. Our first look into the world of the Greek gods is just the beginning of numerous thrilling installments.

Oct 29, 2020

Really, really, REALLY love this series! It's a bit slow when you start this book, but stick with it! I promise you wont be disappointed! This book is part of one of my favorite series of all time!

Oct 08, 2020

Did you know that Percy Jackson was inspired by Riordan’s oldest son? Haley, has ADHD and dyslexia. The author started telling him a bedtime story, and everything came from that. He needed a story that would tell him that it was okay, that seeing the world differently, processing information differently is okay, and can be a sign of strength.

Oct 05, 2020

book 1 of a series, rest are available in audio

VaughanPLDonnalee Oct 03, 2020

I recently reread this book and it was just as good as I remembered. I love how Rick Riordan took dusty old Greek mythology and made it so contemporary. The book is feels so fresh and funny. It is fast-paced, with lots of action and excitement. Percy is a very likeable protagonist, although my favourite character is the clever Annabeth. Camp Half-Blood makes a great setting. It's just a purely enjoyable, fun read and will make you want to read all the sequels. Highly recommended.

Sep 18, 2020

The Lightning Thief is the first of Rick Riordan’s novels in the Percy Jackson series. Percy is a dyslexic and ADHD student who constantly gets in trouble at school, and has gotten expelled nearly every year. However, when he gets attacked by a monster during a field trip, he begins to realize the truth about him: his father is a Greek god. He is sent to Camp Half-Blood to learn to fight against monsters, and soon realizes that his father is Poseiden. Because of this, he is blamed by Zeus for stealing the master bolt, Zeus’s most deadly weapon. Percy, with his friends Grover and Annabeth, must go on a quest to confront the believed thief Hades and retrieve the bolt, knowing that failure means his death.

This is a fast-paced book with new adventures coming every moment. Percy is constantly confronted by monsters and gods, and he does not know who to trust. This constant element of surprise keeps the book very entertaining. Also, Riordan adds a lot of humour to these encounters, so the book cannot be considered dull at all. Riordan develops the characters of Percy’s friends very well, and we see many sides of them. For example, Grover wants desperately to help his friends, but feels like he is unable to do so. Adding these elements leads to a better story. This book is the first of a series of five, and it will keep you wanting to read more.

Sep 16, 2020

This is the first book in the Percy Jackson Series and it really sets a great tone for all the next books. It is interesting, comedic and easy to read. If you are a fan of greek mythology but don't want to read something heavy, this is the book for you. All the characters are very unique and interesting and the plot is so unpredictable it really makes the readers want more. Once you read the first book you keep on wanting more. I would definitely give this book a 5/5. @BookHoi127 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Lightning Thief is the first novel of an amazing series. It is action-packed, and the main character and narrator, Percy Jackson, gives a very funny and interesting take on Greek Mythology. I would recommend this book to ages 10+, and if you enjoy this book you should definitely continue to read Rick Riordan’s entire demigod collection, starting with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. @teen_reader19 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The book starts with a blast, it was a fast, exciting and creepy. After reading half the book it all went downhill from there. Once the mystery around the house was explored which was somewhat early. It became a very boring and almost absurd story, which I was not expecting at all. thought that it was different from other books that showed photos that were scattered throughout the book, I thought that concept was very interesting. It's also really well written with great creativity, but it lacked the same passed it had throughout the book. I would give this novel a rating of 2 stars. Only recommend to people who like fantasy. @Nando90 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 26, 2020

I have just reread the first book and it's just as I good as a remembered. It's so well written with jokes here and there. This series in general is so amazing and is like a Greek Mythology lesson that people look forward to reading. So excited for the TV show!!!

Jul 23, 2020

Amazing book to read - it intrigues as much as possible and ends with a slight cliffhanger that would force you to read the entire series. Descriptions are very vivid and fluid.

Jul 20, 2020

WARNING! If you read this book, you'll get sucked into an amazing series and may never escape! I began reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians back in March, and I had had The Lightning Thief for a while before that. One of my friends recommended it to me and I thought, "sure, why not? I'll pick it up and see if it's good." And I'm so glad I did, because this series is chock full of relatable characters, action-packed scenes, and (surprisingly accurate) Greek mythology. Rick Riordan is incredibly funny, and the chapter titles are hilarious. I love how all his books tie into the same universe. The Lightning Thief is the first out of 5 books, which is the first series out of (currently) 3. Now that that's out of the way, I'll actually get into the book. (SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD!) The main character is, duh, Percy Jackson. He has ADHD and dyslexia and seems to get kicked out of every school he goes to. Disaster seems to follow him wherever he goes, but then, (Gasp!) he finds out he's a demigod, half-human, half-god! And guess what, his best friend Grover is actually a satyr, half-human, half-goat. Anyways, stuff happens, adventure bites at every corner, and Percy arrives at Camp Half-Blood unconscious. His new best friend, (and later to be girlfriend) Annabeth Chase wakes him up, and then quest time, after some big things happen in between. (I'm not giving away everything.) Their quest: find the lightning bolt stolen from Mount Olympus, home of the gods. The Big Three, Zeus, Posideon, and Hades, all blame each other. The three of them have made a pact to not have any children after WWII, but Percy being alive kind of breaks that rule. Zeus blames Percy for stealing the bolt, and now Percy, Annabeth, and Grover have to find it to prove Percy's innocence. (Okay, I'm going to stop saying Percy now. I mean now.) Anyways, to find out what happens, you now need to read the book! I'd give it 5 stars if people didn't think that'd be unrealistic, so I'll have to settle for 4.9.

Jul 14, 2020

This is the incredible book that started an incredible series by an incredible author. So much fun to read, and you can tell how well the author understands Greek mythology

Jul 04, 2020

[MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS] This series is awesome. While the introduction is a little sloppy, it is filled with enough humor and goes quickly to make way for the real introduction. Awesome series, although Rick seems to be mentioning the ADHD clique too lightly. This series goes a little slow at times, like book #4, but is thoroughly entertaining. This series sets pavement for the other series in the same world, which are just as if not more entertaining. Recommend.
Before reading this, I always thought Rick R. was just another overrated, overblown author (like JK rowling's, which sucks terribly). It's great that I was wrong, because it meant more good books for me to consume!

Jun 24, 2020

Me encanta est libro! He sugerido este a muchos de mis amigos y familia! Hay muchas detalles pequeños que añaden mucho a la historia de Percy.

Jun 18, 2020

SPOILER FREE- What can I say, I LOVE THIS BOOK. The characters are amazing, the plot is thrilling and engaging, the action is perfectly written and is great. This was Rick Riordans first adventure into Greek mythology and he handles it perfectly, making it believable that the Olympians are still roaming in New York. I absolutely love Percy as a character and narrator. This is not only one of the best Percy Jackson books, not only one of the best Rick Riordan books, but of the best books of all time.

Jun 17, 2020

Percy Jackson is so awesome I love it 10/10, Whether you're a beginner or not it's an awesome choice. Rick Riordan is a genius.

Jun 16, 2020

i love this book!!!

After getting hooked on the Percy Jackson series, I found this book to be amazing! It's filled with action, drama, and everything in between! I cannot stop reading this series!

Jun 10, 2020

Percy Jackson is just another normal 12 year old boy living in New York, except he has ADHD and is picked on by many of his teachers and peers. When one of his teachers suddenly turns livid, Percy's life changes forever. His only friend, who turns out to be half human, leads Percy to a camp like no other, where he does not only find the truth about his father, but also embarks on a risky quest with new acquaintances to take back a stolen lightning bolt.

The Lightning Thief is the first book of a 7-book series filled with suspense, elementary humor, and references to mythology that will keep the reader turning the page to the end of the plot; The plot may be quite complex to young readers, but is beneficial in developing their vocabulary. For those who have read this before, it is worth rereading, as it brings back many childhood memories.

*I highly recommend reading the book instead of watching the movie, which was poorly directed.

May 14, 2020

I really loved this book. I learned so much about greek mythology and had a good laugh. I totally recommend.

May 12, 2020

I remember hearing about this book from so many people. So many people from my school kept urging me to read it, since it was a very popular read for middle schoolers. I used to read this book, slowly, day by day, until I finished, and then moved on to the rest of the series. Personally, I enjoyed the book, mainly because it connected our life to the life of greek demigods. It’s a way to escape from reality, and learn about the life of different people. I liked this book so much, I finished the entire series and reread it again. I also continued to read books of the same author, Rick Riordan, a really popular author. He mainly writes books about mythology. The Lightning Thief is just a start of what comes next. The rest of the series is amazing as well. I definitely recommend this book, and I really recommend reading the book before watching the movie.

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