BOOK REVIEW: Percy Jackson & The Olympian: The Lightning Thief


Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Published: January 5th, 2010

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's 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's 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.

(Source: Goodreads)

To be honest, I've never liked Percy Jackson. I remember when I watched the movie and hated it so much. It's like the worst book adaptation movie after Twilight.
That's probably why I've never had the reason to try reading Rick Riordan's works. I also have no interest with Greek myth, so yeah this book was not supposed for me. Heck, I was wrong.

The first installment of the series, The Lightning Thief, is really good. The characters are awesome and lovable. I found myself loving Annabeth more than the main character, Percy Jackson. This book make Greek Myth sounds fun and not boring.

What I really love from this book is that it can be accepted by human mind. No weird superpowers whatsoever. Even though all the half-bloods are gods child, they seems perfectly normal. They can't fly and stuff, and I love when a writer have some boundaries in imagination.
Well, I don't believe that Myth gods is actually exist (since I'm a christian, duh?!) and everything in this book is quite impossible to be happened, but somehow Rick Riordan convince me that it could happens.

There are lots of twists in this book, lots of action, but too bad - no suspense at all. Percy and his team - Grover & Annabeth - face lots of monsters and all the fight are won easily... of course by Percy and his team. Also most of the fight ends in one chapter, leaving you with no question, giving you no curiosity. Making you think, "Well, I can read the next chapter tomorrow, there's nothing that make me curious anyway."

The biggest flaw in this book that comes up to my mind is how Percy is seriously stupid about hiding his identity while the police, heck, the country is looking for him and suspect him as some kind of terrorist accomplice. Yeah sure, just take a bus, show your cute little face to everybody in the bus while your face is all over the TV and newspaper.... and all of the people are like, "I think I've seen this boy before. Is he some kind of actor or something?".... Yeah right...

The story is great, the writing is perfectly fine, perfectly paced. When a book is perfectly paced, I'll definitely love it and that's what I feel about Percy Jackson, Love.
The ending doesn't really impress me. Leave me with just few little questions and I don't mind finding it out next year... Like I said before, this book gives me no curiosity.

Anyway, I rate this book:

This is a good book and you have to read it. Even though, I have no curiosity for the next book, Sea of Monsters, I think I'll buy it anyway. Hopefully, it'll be better than the first book.

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3 Responses to “BOOK REVIEW: Percy Jackson & The Olympian: The Lightning Thief”

  1. It gets better. I like the last book best, and the third book is kinda slow, but I like the first and last books best.

  2. I'll definitely read the second book before the movie comes out. I just don't really have so much interest with the greek myth

  3. I'm 16 years old and I love Greek mythology when I read the first book I fell in love. I have read all the books multiple times and still enjoy them just as much as the first time. This series is a good choice for anyone who likes Greek mythology; but the author Rick Riordon writes other demigod stories too there is two books that have a combination of Greek and Roman influence as well as a series in the Egyption aspect. Other reviews I've read say its resembles Harry Potter and if you look at it in the right light it can be similar. Teenager with problems finally finds where he belongs and magical powers to go with this amazing place. If you liked Harry Potter this may be a good series for you. But the ultimate desision is whether you like Greek myths.