Original Title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: 2013 by Puffin Books (fist published January 1st 2005), Paperback
Page Count: 375
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Finally managed to begin this series, and finally writing a review about this wonderful book. I really loved it. Guys, if you haven’t read this book yet, go to the next bookstore and grab it immediately!
Most of you probably know what this is all about based on the movies. Fantasy fiction involving greek mythology. Since I always found mythologies interesting, especially the greek mythology, I enjoyed this novel a lot. I already liked the movie, but after reading the novel I enjoyed the whole story more. The novel begins in a dramatic and sad way, introducing Percy and his mother, together with his evil stepfather. Then, the story gets more interesting with different dark creatures appearing that will leave you with horror. I loved the scenes at Camp Half-Blood but when they went for their first mission, everything got more and more exciting, including the plot twist at the end of the novel. The end of the novel was calm and promising. It didn’t end with a cliffhanger, but still, I want to find out what other adventures Percy and his friends will go on.
Percy’s character is the typical character of a boy who suddenly finds out he has magical powers: An innocent outsider, who will later gain qualities of being a good leader. Then, there was this know-it-all Annabeth and the funny guy of the trio, Grover. When you look at that constellation, it is quite similar to the trio in the Harry Potter series. Still, those 3 characters are quite different to Harry, Hermione and Ron. My favourite character of all was probably Hades! He was soooo amazing! I loved him! He is one of those bad guys who are actually not bad at all. I also like Percy’s mother and how she tries everything to protect Percy :’) so heartwarming. Ares was a funny character as well, although his mischief came out in the end. I am really curious about the new characters that await me in the next books.
First of all: this book has the most epic chapter headlines ever. They were sooo entertaining and after reading the headline, I was too curious and couldn’t just put it down. The rest of the novel was written in an easy and fun style, typical to a Children’s/Young Adult novel. Still, it never gets boring, neither with the story, nor with the writing style.
Final rating – 5/5: This book has everything a Fantasy Novel should be made out of. Nobody should mis out on this.