Thursday, March 12, 2015
Read - Percy Jackson / The Lightning Thief
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One)
by Rick Riordan
'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 ino 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 in 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.'
As with most things, I'm late to the Percy Jackson party. I've been aware of the books and intended to read them for a long time but it wasn't until I received the boxed set for Christmas that I'm finally doing it. I remember when the movie came out on DVD we bought it right away, and I even remember starting to watch it. I don't remember finishing it though. Having read this book now, I really want to dig out that movie and watch it.
This is a middle grade book, intended for ages 10-14. I find I quite enjoy these middle grade books because they're an easier read. And just like with that Loki's Wolves series I've posted about, it's an easier way to learn about the Norse gods (in Loki's Wolves) and the Greek gods in this.
I really enjoyed this book. I tend to compare things in my head so of course there were some Harry Potter comparisons happening in my head. I didn't let it get in the way though, and this story worked in its own way. Another good thing about middle grade books is that they usually don't have a lot of extra stuff or complicated storylines. This book kept a good pace and stuck to the main plot quite well. There was just enough sneakiness to keep you thinking you'd figured things out and then suddenly you're near the end and thinking 'Oh, clever! You fooled me!' And then a couple more things happen and you find you were probably right all along. I admit though, I didn't figure out was in the pit beforehand. Even when it was revealed, I was wondering what I'd missed that had made it obvious enough for these kids to figure out. Maybe if I'd known a bit more about the Greek gods going into this I would have picked up the clues. But oh well, it all works out in the story.
I liked Percy. I liked that he wasn't perfect, and that he wasn't a whiny victim of his circumstances. When he was mad, he was mad. He kicked butt. He had mean thoughts. He was quite real. I liked his friend Grover but I had a hard time warming up to his other friend, Annabeth. She seemed a bit inconsistent, or undone, like the author wasn't quite sure at this point which way he wanted her to go. Some of the characters seemed over the top but again, it's a middle grade book and kids probably loved those particular ones.
I'm glad I'm finally experiencing the Percy Jackson world. I immediately started reading the next book, and I will be digging out the movie very soon.
Have you read the Percy Jackson series? How about Rick Riordan's other books?