Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Hello book lovers! As some of you may or may not know (from my twitter) that I have been reading Percy Jackson: The lightning thief and I decided to do a review on it, so here it is!

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What was the story about?

  • A 12 year old boy with dyslexia and ADHD who ends up in a camp and finds out he is the son of Poseidon (the greek god of the sea). Later he finds out that Zeus and Poseidon are fighting because Zeus thinks Poseidon’s son (Percy aka the 12 year old) stole his lightning bolt. Now Percy and two other friends (one the daughter of Athena the other a satyr) have to go to Hades Palace to find the lightning bolt, which they think he stole it trying to frame Percy.

Who were the main characters?

  • Percy, Annabeth (Athena’s daughter), Grover (the satyr), and some greek gods make a cameo.

What did the main characters do in the story?

  • Run….most of the time.

Did the main characters run into any problems?

  • Yup, pretty much at every corner they turned. Including a math teacher that wants to kill Percy during a field trip, a lady who makes delicious food and then turns her customers into statues, a water mattress store where the owner likes to make the beds fit the customers by stretching them to death, and also fighting with the god of war, just name a few.

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Did the main characters have any adventures?

  • Yes, indeed they did.

Who was your favorite character? Why? 

  • Mostly Percy….he likes the color blue….and he can kinda control water. Along with the three headed doverman, and Annabeth.

Could you relate to any of the characters in the story?

  •  Sadly I don’t have the power to control a tidal wave, and I don’t know how to fight…epically. But I can relate to Annabeth’s fearless attitude and Percy’s cluelessness.

Have you ever done some of the things or felt some of the same things that thecharacters did?

  • You mean fighting monsters, breathing underwater, and going to Hades and Mt. Olympus….no. But being blamed for something you didn’t do like Percy….yes.

Did you like the book?

  • No, I did not like the book. The right term would be loved. I LOVED the book (that is why I read it on Valentines day 😉 )

What was your favorite part of the book?

  • Hard to say cause I loved the whole book, but I think when one of the gatekeepers to Hades’ place asked Percy and his friends if they were dead (which they weren’t, they were pretending) and Grover said yes. The guy asked how did they die, Grover answered, “In a bathtub.” The guy asked, “All three of you? Big bathtub.” Also anytime Percy would give attitude or talk back to one of the gods.

Do you have a least favorite part of the book?

  • Yes, every time Percy would do something that would make you want to slap him in the face, and the ending…when something happens….which I can not speak of.

Would you recommend this book to another person?

  • Yes, I recommend this book to anyone who can read, young and old. This book has adventure, humor, makes you use your imagination. Overall great read, I loved the characters even some of the villains. The writing style is great, Rick Riordan does a good job at keeping the reader on their toes and always wanting to read more, and the unexpected twist and turns in the plot…good job.

-This book kinda reminded me of I am number Four series, how Four (aka John Smith) and the others had to run and it was always action, except the main Character in this story had to discover who he was and all.

Overall a 9/10.

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If anyone is wondering if the book is anything like the movie the answer is…..no….not really. Logan Lerman does look like Percy and he did a good job at it. Annabeth was supposed to be blond, and half of the things (more like 80%) of what was in the book wasn’t in the movie, instead they added other things, like the fight with the five headed monster thing in the museum and looking for the pearl things….none of that was in the book. Just thought you should know.

AND if by any chance any of you have no idea what Percy Jackson even is, here’s a movie poster, maybe you’ll recognize it.

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Also check out my twitter for some more of my reaction while I was reading the book.

Twitter.com/elimariereguere

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Happy Readings!

-E.

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