Where’s the glory in repeating what others have done? – Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief
Today I am reviewing a great book, Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief. It is a bit of a mouthful, but definitely worth the read. It follows the adventures of Percy Jackson, a demigod, half man, half god. It uses the Ancient Greek myths and brings them alive in an interesting way. In the book, Percy finds out that he is related to the Greek god Poseidon. His mother is kidnapped and he has to go on a quest to find her.
The book is class. It has found a gap, a very big gap, and Riordan has exploited it. The way he incorporates myth and Ancient Greek tales into the real life is great and, like many books published for young adults, makes it so that nothing is unexplained. Every little detail links into the modern times so much so that you start believing that maybe you are a Greek demigod.
I would recommend this book to any ages, as there is nothing particularly adult about it. Don’t let this discourage you though, it is still a great read for teens to read, its just got no sex themes etc. It is a great book if you are looking for an action/humour books that is centred around fantasy. Because there is a lot of it. It is particularly great if someone is looking for a book that lets them escape from this world, into a new unexplored one with dangers around every corner. If you have read this book and the series, the next series is okay. It is definitely not as good as the first one, not by a long shot, but it is good if you want to read something.
If you are looking for a similar book I would recommend the Alex Rider books. This has a lot less fantasy, but is also similar when it comes to incorporating a fictional world into a modern one.
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I absolutely loved this book because it let me escape from the usual world of action and spies and into a new one of action and magic and gods and prophecies and so many other good things that just add up to make a truly spectacular book. You get absorbed into the characters and feel sad when they do and great when they do.
I didn’t like how many of the problems are caused by the simple fact of lying by omission. It may seem like nothing in the first book, but as you read more and more of the books it seems that every problem they face is due to the fact that someone in the group has not told someone else something. It almost gets to the point where it is like they would have no problems if everyone just told everyone when they had a nightmare or when a god/goddess just comes to them at night with a dire prophecy. It does get tiresome.