The Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: Lightning Thief
Books | Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
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.
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"When people say that movies don’t do the book justice, literally this book is 10x above and beyond the movie. I decided to read a childhood classic and it did not disappoint. Percy Jackson is once again being kicked out of school. But that’s not the worst thing. Recently, mythological creature and the Greek gods are no longer just a class he takes but is becoming his life. Of course with Percy’s luck, he has angered the gods. The lightning bolt of the god Zeus has been stolen and for some reason, they think Percy has it. Percy and his friends are now set on a quest to both find and return Zeus’s bolt and prevent war on Mount Olympus. In order for Percy to complete his quest he must find the actual thief, accept why his father abandoned him, figure out the Oracles riddle, and unravel the treachery in his new life. The book makes way more sense than the movies, the plot is well thought out. The storyline actually makes more sense. As you travel with them on this quest, they make more stops and meet more people that bring more into the overall storyline. Speaking directly from not comparing it to the movie, this book is definitely a more YA book by how the story is carried out. The fight scenes aren’t gruesome, there’s not huge character development, and the world building isn’t too wild either. The book was good for it being Greek mythology, which I love. I loved following them along their journey as they learn each other, meet mythological creatures and battle them with their understanding of this world as it relates to being like a 12 year old Demi-god with parent issues. For it to be a children’s/ YA story, I am excited to read the rest of the series, especially past the ones that aren’t made into movies. As much as I enjoyed this book, and I liked how it had added elements that the movie missed, I think it was also more simply executed. It was a nice break of a book for me. "