The Lightning Thief is the first of Rick Riordan’s novels in the Percy Jackson series. Percy is a dyslexic and ADHD student who constantly gets in trouble at school, and has gotten expelled nearly every year. However, when he gets attacked by a monster during a field trip, he begins to realize the truth about him: his father is a Greek god. He is sent to Camp Half-Blood to learn to fight against monsters, and soon realizes that his father is Poseiden. Because of this, he is blamed by Zeus for stealing the master bolt, Zeus’s most deadly weapon. Percy, with his friends Grover and Annabeth, must go on a quest to confront the believed thief Hades and retrieve the bolt, knowing that failure means his death.
This is a fast-paced book with new adventures coming every moment. Percy is constantly confronted by monsters and gods, and he does not know who to trust. This constant element of surprise keeps the book very entertaining. Also, Riordan adds a lot of humour to these encounters, so the book cannot be considered dull at all. Riordan develops the characters of Percy’s friends very well, and we see many sides of them. For example, Grover wants desperately to help his friends, but feels like he is unable to do so. Adding these elements leads to a better story. This book is the first of a series of five, and it will keep you wanting to read more.