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Book Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 387 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on June 1st 2005 by Disney-Hyperion
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Salamavaras”.

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

This is my second read of this beloved series. I had only seen the movies until I finally read The Lightning Thief in 2017. After Percy Jackson’s birthday this year and Rain @ Bookdragonism posted some amazing Percy Jackson pictures in Instagram I decided it was time to reread. I decided to go with this cover instead of the art that’s in Finnish cover since I didn’t find any English hardcover version of the same art– and let’s be honest this one is much prettier.

“So few people did good in their lives. It was depressing.”

Blame Rain. Her books just looked so good.

Mythology can be so hard to understand, even in my native language but I had forgotten so many things that I devoured every piece of information. It’s always interesting to see how each author is twisting Greek mythology. It’s always especially interesting because unfortunately we never learned these things at school.

Percy Jackson is 12- years old boy with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. I don’t know if there’s a better word for it in English? He has been expelled six times in six years and he doesn’t get along so well with his step dad. His life is pretty normal despite that until gods think that he stole something from Zeus.

“Sounds like a plan worthy of Athena.”

I still wish I had started this series when I was younger. Maybe then I would’ve gotten into reading when I was a kid instead of my teens. Instead I tired reading books that just didn’t catch my interest and still doesn’t, like Harry Potter. I rarely never read middle grade books but for some reason I just love the books in Riordan world. I didn’t rate The Lightning Thief higher but 3.5 stars is high praise from me considering there’s no romance and I remember most of the plot from the movies (which I like– don’t kill me but they give this series zero justice!)

3.5 stars

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