Spoiler-Free Review of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
These were the books I read when there was no more Harry Potter – and these are so much better than Harry Potter, don’t bother with the wizards: read these instead!
The Lightning Thief is a fun, action-packed story following Percy Jackson as he is chased by monsters, attempting to find out why everyone thinks he stole Zeus’ lightning… Percy is a wonderful main character – he’s witty, fiercely brave, and smart.
He is joined by two new friends: Grover and Annabeth. These characters are amazing! I’m trying not to let future books and series impact this review, but it’s a bit difficult!
The Lightning Thief is funny, fast-paced, and has everything you want from this kind of book. There are monsters around every corner, a fantastic found family, and some of the coolest action and supernatural powers in children’s fiction.
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. W
hen 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. S
oon 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.