Title: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Release Date: June 28, 2005
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.
I love Greek mythology! So this series was made for me. Riordan does a great job of bringing Greek mythology into the modern world.
I kept smiling every time another myth was introduced into the story. For example, the Fates were in the story. They spin the threads of life. All of the myths were cleverly woven into the story.
There were also many twists that I didn’t expect. I did figure out who Percy’s dad was fairly early on. I think it was kind of obvious. But I was surprised at some of the other twists.
This is a great start to this series. I’m excited for the next books.