Monday, December 7, 2009

The Lightning Thief

Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: YA Fantasy
Got it from: Library
Why I read it: Sounded good
Grade: B

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.

My review:
I thought this was a fun read, especially for kids (it's intended audience).  There were times when things seemed just a little too easy for the main character, and he seemed too powerful.  The book was also fairly predictable, but none of that dampened my enjoyment too much.  I would recommend this one to YA/juvenile fantasy fans.

1 comment:

Kath said...

I really enjoyed this series. I love greek mythology and it was fun seeing it come to life in these books. I'm really excited for the movie version!