Thursday, August 11, 2011

Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book I: The Lightning Thief


The 12 main gods for eons have ruled over man kind. The big three, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades are the most powerful, and therefore have the most powerful children.

Half-Bloods. Half Human, half god. I can't imagine what that would be like.

Unluckily for him, Percy Jackson knows exactly what it is like. When he is attacked by a demon teacher, he realises that not everything is how it seems. His favourite wheelchair bound teacher is actually a centaur in disguise and his best friend has hooves and a furry behind.

I found the Percy Jackson books when I was in middle school. I was crazy into Greek Mythology, and when I saw these, the ancient Greek gods, built into modern times, and I was hooked!

Rick Riordan did a really good job at writing at an appropriate level. The characters are not paper thin, but just deep enough to follow along. Percy has the attitude of a young boy. He often thinks he is always right, and doesn't really see all the way into situations. This makes him an easy character to fall in love with.

Another thing that Rick Riordan did great was the story line. Not once did this book get dull. The story had unexpected twists and turns, but it was still easy to follow along.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in a fantasy book where a teenager is playing the main character.

There is only one thing that I don't like about this book. Percy Jackson, while you fall in love with him, and I realise he is the narrator, but he can get annoying! I don't know why.... I just found it.

So that is all that I have to say on The Lightning Thief! I would definitely recommend the entire series, there are 5 books in all.

So have fun reading!


Brittany said...

I absolutely adore the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and I just finished the last one a couple days ago. Have you read the rest?

I didn't think Percy was annoying; I actually liked him a lot and I was glad that he didn't get on my nerves. :) I mean, even Harry Potter was a bit annoying with his temper sometimes, but I still love him anyway.

The one thing that I didn't like about the series was the depth. There wasn't much meaning or any themes to the series, it was just a bit 2D, I guess. With other series like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, there's still depth in the midst of all the action, while the PJ series was a bit flat. I think the series could have been taken to the next level if Rick Riordan had made them a bit deeper (without being forceful or preachy or anything). Some people think that middle-grade novels don't have to be deep, as if the target audience doesn't care enough/isn't smart enough, but I disagree. I've read MG novels with depth and I think it's worth it.

Emily said...

I have read all the rest, and I like the last one the best!

I guess each person has their own opinion! Personally, I didn't find Harry annoying (hot headed yes.)

I started this series in grade 7, so the depth was great then, but I guess, looking back, that the depth is a little "2D". It isn't as shallow as some books that I have read though!

Thanks for commenting!