Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Greek Mythology
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2009
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
# of Pages: 396
Where to buy: Buy The Lightning Thief on Amazon
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 loved this book a lot, especially the characters and the adventure that some of them went on. This book starts off with our main character Percy who is at a boarding school called Yancy Academy. At this school, he has a best friend called Grover. The students are going on a field trip to Manhattan to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While on that field trip the pre-algebra teacher (Mrs. Dodds, a Kindly One) attacks Percy in the museum. Luckily Mr. Brunner (Latin Teacher) and Grover were there to help him. A mist was put on the mortal students so that hopefully Percy would forget about it and not start to realize who he is and attract more attention of monsters to himself.
When they had reached the last day of term Percy packed his belongings and got on a bus to head with Grover to head for home. Along the way, the bus breaks down and when they get off Percy sees three old lady’s across the street at a stand knitting. He then sees them cut the yarn, Grover freaks out about this when Percy points it out. So, Grover decides to go home with him to make sure he is safe. When Percy’s mom comes home she tells them they are going on a trip for a few days to Montauk.
While on this trip in the middle of the night there is a really bad storm, and Grover shows up at the door. There is a Minotaur out to attack Percy, his mom must take him to Camp Half-Blood, where he will be safe from monsters. While at this camp Percy finds out he is the son of Poseidon (God of the Sea). He finds out that by the Summer Solstice Zeus’s master bolt must be returned or there will be an all-out war. So, the camp lets him and two other people go with him on a quest to get Zeus’s master bolt returned on time.
While on this adventure they get attacked multiple times by monsters. They get led on by Ares and find out that he was the real person behind the theft. They manage to get Hades’ helm back and returned to him as well as Zeus’s master bolt. They make in back to the camp safe and alive, then his prophecy comes true and his friend Luke at the camp betrays him. Percy finds out he is following Kronos’ guidance. Percy then decides to go home for the year instead of staying year-round.
About the Author
Rick Riordan is the author of many bestselling books such as the Percy Jackson Series, The Heros of Olympus Series, The Kane Chronicles, Trials of Apollo, and Magnus Chase. Rick lives in Massachusetts with his wife and kids. You can learn more about him by visiting his website here http://www.rickriordan.com
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