Title: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Fantasy, Greek Mythology
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
This is another book I read because it had a movie adaptation and I want to judge the movie for what it did to the plot development of the story.
Let me be very honest with all of you. When I first saw the movie, my 10 year old self was very impressed, considering I had (and probably still have) low standards then and got fascinated by the simplest movie tricks. Also, I hadn’t known about the book series, then. A friend of mine mentioned how he hated the movies for its injustice to the books, and boy do I agree with him.
Percy Jackson, a normal, sassy twelve year old boy. Yeah, he had problems with bullies, got kicked out of every school he attended, but he had his trusty best friend. How could things get worse? Maybe when a visit to the beach with his mother ends up with being chased by a Minotaur into a camp for demigods and get accused of stealing Zeus’ master bolt? Twelve years old is such a young age to be bombarded with unrealistic revelations of being a half human and half god, with the sea god as your father. It was amazing how he coped up with the surprises that crept up him throughout the book and the monsters that come at him one after another. This kid is the real MVP!
“Even here in the Underworld, everybody– even monsters –needed a little attention once in a while”
(If I’m not mistaken Percy said this, or maybe Annabeth.)
This line shows the demigods’ longing for their parent’s attention. Look at what happened to a certain character who got tired of waiting for quests that never came, for the attention that was never given. Not all of the half bloods are like Annabeth, who think very highly of the gods. But unlike Percy, Annabeth, Luke and etc., there are half bloods who remained, undetermined; their godly parents never claimed them. These demigods are mostly just children in their adolescence, who need attention every once and a while. They can ‘t just accept whatever quest, task or favor their non-human parents ask of them, the gods should show them love sometimes. Or if love is such a big price to pay, the gods should at least show their children signs that they still care for them or acknowledge their existence. No one is ever busy enough to ignore the people who matter to them. If they love you , you will be their number one priority.
I also loved how Riordan casually addresses current issues like pollution, illegal smuggling of wild animals, minimum wage, domestic violence and so much more! This book seemed even nicer, since Riordan made the story for his son who was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Just imagine being a little child who is dyslexic or was diagnosed with ADHD and you read a book talking about how children who were also diagnosed with the same thing you have, could be half gods (demigods). Would that not brighten up your day, for even a little?
I loved the book. I loved the characters and how they evolved throughout it. This was such a nice read. I recommend this to everyone. I will definitely read the rest of the series and maybe even other book series by Rick Riordan. Five potatoes for seaweed brain and wise girl!