Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Grade: A+


What if the gods of Olympus were alive in the 21st

Century? What if they still fell in love with mortals and had children who might become great heroes — like Theseus, Jason and Hercules?

What if you were one of those children?

Such is the discovery that launches twelve-year-old Percy Jackson on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction – Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.


Character Development: 10/10

Originality: 8/10

Overall Enjoyment: 9/10

Ending: 7/10

Voice: 10/10

Plot: 10/10!

Setting: 10/10

Total Score: 64/70

Obtained: Borrowed.

Age Appropriate? PG (as the series progresses and the characters mature, each of these gets more intense. By book 4, I would give it a PG-13 rating.)

Cussing: Mild. (Gets worse as series progresses but nothing too bad)

Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Adult alcohol consumption and drunkenness.

Sexual Content: None.

Disturbing Images/Violence: Graphic violence, blood and gore, monster killing, monster and magical attacks, etc.


This is a story of truly epic proportions. It is so huge, so adventurous, so exhilarating! I enjoyed every second of it. While middle school heroes usually annoy me, Percy is an intelligent, believable, likable boy with a voice that is compatible for older readers as well as middle grade. It didn't bother me at all. The beginning of the first book is slightly slow-going, I admit, but once you get past it, believe me, it's worth it. This series is one heck of a ride.

I hate to compare anything to Harry Potter, but Percy Jackson gave me much of the same excitement and adrenaline. The similarity stops there, but it is enough to make me anxious to read the next one and the next one and the next one...! Like the Harry Potter books, the Percy Jackson series is simply well written. With a brilliant plot, a fascinating array of characters, groundbreaking worldmaking, and unmatched adventurism, it is clear that Rick Riordan has an endless respect for his craft and the Greek myths, and he marries the two flawlessly.

For the record, seeing the new Percy Jackson movie is not an acceptable substitute to reading the book. The two are almost hilariously different. The plot was dramatically changed. I don't know what those guys in Hollywood were thinking when they wrote that script, but it did not pay tribute to the book. Trust my judgment. The movie was good, but the book was infinitely better. No matter who you are, you need to read Percy Jackson. Seriously.


Percy Jackson Site

Rick Riordan

1 comment:

  1. I love this series. I also constantly compare the series to Harry Potter, because of the reasons you stated. Percy is such a fun character to read about. His comments often crack me up. Nice review!


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