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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1
Author: Rick Riordan
Book 1 Twelve-year-old Percy is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. But can he really be expected to stand by while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy he's not even sure he believes himself. Un...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780786282258
ISBN-10: 0786282258
Publication Date: 1/6/2006
Pages: 483
Reading Level: Young Adult
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  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) on + 94 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
How could Harry Potter be better? Forget that wizard nonsense, let's have a series about how Greek mythology is real! There are kids who have one parent who is a Greek god, and they all need special training to defend themselves against the mythological monsters. Almost every child I've recommended this to has come right back for the sequel. As an adult reader who likes some children's fantasy writing but not all, I think this and the Peter and the Starcatcher books are the best I've come across in the last few years.
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Helpful Score: 5
I really enjoyed this book. I love the idea of the Greek gods being real. If you like mythology I think you'll like this book. Sure it's a children's book but I bought it for myself!
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Helpful Score: 4
How could Harry Potter be better? Forget that wizard nonsense, let's have a series about how Greek mythology is real! There are kids who have one parent who is a Greek god, and they all need special training to defend themselves against the mythological monsters. Almost every child I've recommended this to has come right back for the sequel. As an adult reader who likes some children's fantasy writing but not all, I think this and the Peter and the Starcatcher books are the best I've come across in the last few years.
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Helpful Score: 4
Very clever! I haven't read anything this entertaining about Greek mythology in a very long time - if ever. The characters are well-detailed and interesting, and the action is fresh and flowing.
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Helpful Score: 4
Love it! I cannot say enough about this series! It is witty, exciting, and makes you look back into your mythology books to make sure you "got it" all. This first book starts the series off strong, and it only gets better as each book comes out!
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This book has an overall interesting story concept, but it's fairly obvious that the author was trying to break into a genre made popular be series like Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl. So if you like those types of books, like I do, you will most likely enjoy this.

Initially, Percy doesn't know who his father is, but the mystery isn't really that hard to figure out for anyone who has a basic understanding of Greek mythology.

There are several plot-holes in the story, one coming to immediate mind is the repetition of Percy being warned not to speak the names of Gods or creatures aloud so as to not draw their attention. This rule seems to be inconsistent, since other characters manage to do it, plus you have to wonder how they keep the average public from mentioning these names. There's several other things you'll notice that don't make sense when you analyze it, but overall, it doesn't make the story something you can't enjoy, so it's easily overlooked.

I'd suggest reading this series, just for wanting to find out what happens, plus it'll be good reference for when the movie comes out.

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