The Lightning Thief
The Lightning Thief By Riordan, Rick Book - 2006 | First Paperback edition

WARNING! If you read this book, you'll get sucked into an amazing series and may never escape! I began reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians back in March, and I had had The Lightning Thief for a while before that. One of my friends recommended it to me and I thought, "sure, why not? I'll pick it up and see if it's good." And I'm so glad I did, because this series is chock full of relatable characters, action-packed scenes, and (surprisingly accurate) Greek mythology. Rick Riordan is incredibly funny, and the chapter titles are hilarious. I love how all his books tie into the same universe. The Lightning Thief is the first out of 5 books, which is the first series out of (currently) 3. Now that that's out of the way, I'll actually get into the book. (SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD!) The main character is, duh, Percy Jackson. He has ADHD and dyslexia and seems to get kicked out of every school he goes to. Disaster seems to follow him wherever he goes, but then, (Gasp!) he finds out he's a demigod, half-human, half-god! And guess what, his best friend Grover is actually a satyr, half-human, half-goat. Anyways, stuff happens, adventure bites at every corner, and Percy arrives at Camp Half-Blood unconscious. His new best friend, (and later to be girlfriend) Annabeth Chase wakes him up, and then quest time, after some big things happen in between. (I'm not giving away everything.) Their quest: find the lightning bolt stolen from Mount Olympus, home of the gods. The Big Three, Zeus, Posideon, and Hades, all blame each other. The three of them have made a pact to not have any children after WWII, but Percy being alive kind of breaks that rule. Zeus blames Percy for stealing the bolt, and now Percy, Annabeth, and Grover have to find it to prove Percy's innocence. (Okay, I'm going to stop saying Percy now. I mean now.) Anyways, to find out what happens, you now need to read the book! I'd give it 5 stars if people didn't think that'd be unrealistic, so I'll have to settle for 4.9.

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