Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) by Rick Riordan

Star Rating : 4 out of 5
Content Rating : MILD

Backcover :
“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 Thoughts :
I enjoyed this book and I look forward to the rest of the series. It has some definite similarities to Harry Potter. Three main characters, two boys and a girl. They train at a school made just for them and are divided into dorms according to their character, etc, etc. However, it is a story all its own and I loved it. Let’s not mention that I am definitely outside the age of the target audience. It’s funny and fast moving and have already read the second and the third one. So, when you are done with it, pass it on to your kid.
I gave this a rating of MILD. I would recommend this for 10+ year olds. The premise of the story is about Greek gods and their children. It includes some swordplay and monsters, all very mild. There was no strong language, or sexual references.

What I liked :
  • The Concept – Son of a Greek god, like Hercules, but in modern times. The half-bloods, half god and half human, or demigods all have character traits from their god parent. The daughters of Aphrodite, the god of love and beauty, all like to look at themselves in the mirror. The children of Ares, the god of war, all have harsh personalities and will do anything to win in the camp games.
  • Ultimate Childhood Fantasy – Percy Jackson has trouble in school with dyslexia and always ends up in getting kicked out of school for doing something odd like blowing up the school gymnasium. But, turns out he has dyslexia because his brain is wired to read ancient Greek; and, all the strange things that are happening to him are because he has superhuman powers, god powers. Isn’t that the dream? To find out everything people label you as weird for is actually caused by your secret awesome powers?
  •  The Pace – It is face-paced, exciting and funny. It’s full of friendships that are forming, Greek mythology, a little mystery, adventure, and a little magic. 

What I didn’t like :
  • The Audio Version – The reader’s portray of voices isn’t very consistent throughout the book and is a little distracting from the story with the type of voice he choose sometimes. 

What Others Are Saying :
“This mingling of the world today and the world of myth is outrageous, funny, compelling, and delightful. Who would have guessed that Mount Olympus sits 600 stories above the Empire State Building? This wild romp of a book will intrigue and amuse middle schoolers, whether they know the Greek myths or not.” –Hyperion Books for Children

“The sardonic tone of the narrator's voice lends a refreshing air of realism to this riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty.” – Kirkus Reviews

Reviewed by Shayna Hinshaw

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