I have read and finished Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. Its been out for a while and I never got around to reading it.
But I have and I’m glad I did.
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s just the least of his worries. When Percy manages to vaporize his math teacher on a school field trip he realizes that things are not what he thought they were. After being chased by a mythical creature who makes Percy’s mother disappear, Percy is taken to Camp Half Blood where he discovers he is a half-blooded child of a real Greek god.
Now, Percy and his new friends have less than two weeks to locate and retrieve Zeus’s stolen thunderbolt in order to bring peace to a Mount Olympus that is on the verge of war. Percy’s life quickly changes from mundane to exciting and full of adventure as he realizes things he thought were myth are in actuality real as life. From my experience working with middle schoolers, teens are intrigued by mythology and that’s part of the reason my kids enjoy this series (and why I still can’t keep them on the shelf!). Rick Riordan writes action so well and the book is a page turner. I couldn’t wait to get back to the book to know what would happen to Percy and his friends.
Now, I will say that I like the idea of a main character who struggles with ADHD, which is apparently what inspired the character. Supposedly Riordan was thinking about the idea of viewing a child with a learning disability as a child with unique abilities rather than a student with a problem. All his life Percy has been told he had “issues” caused by his ADHD, but throughout the story Percy learns that these so-called disabilities may actually make him better at some things. This is a pretty cool idea. Maybe why so many reluctant readers like Percy; they see themselves in him?
Now, as much as I loved the story, I honestly wasn’t connected to Percy. I just cared more about Annabeth and Grover, Percy’s friends, more than I cared about him. I don’t know why this was; maybe because he’s a boy? Sometimes I have trouble reading books which boys as the main character.
All in all, a quality story that’s already a middle grade fiction classic. A must read for anyone who likes adventure!