Book Review: Percy Jackson and The Olympians – The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson and The Olympians The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan, was written in 2005 and has been widely viewed ever since with 20 million copies being sold and the books having been trending on The New York Times best seller list for 357 weeks!


I have recently decided to reread Percy Jackson and The Olympians, and I honestly believe it is an amazing read! Rick Riordan’s writing style uses imagery amazingly to create in your mind the idea that you are at Camp Half- Blood or on whatever quest they embark on.

 I also love the idea, at least to me, that Rick Riordan is trying to include people typically thought of as “learning disabilities” such as ADHD or Dyslexia, because, being someone that has ADHD, you don’t typically see characters that have these types of conditions in books. I like the idea that instead of just being the stereotypically “easily distracted” or just always zoning out and that instead of that just being the end of it, he explains why this happens to them as to help in battle or to help them solve important aspects of their quests that no one else can figure out. 

Or the fact that, to explain why they have a hard time reading English writing, the fact that since they are half Greek god, their minds are hard-wired to read Greek. 

The book is based on a 12 year old named Percy Jackson, notorious for being kicked out of schools and is about to be kicked out of another boarding school, but lately things have been getting stranger than usual for him. He has had more and more encounters with monsters, yet no one else seems to see them… Until his professor and best friend start to do so.

Hifavorite class seems to start coming to life right before his eyes, and, bad for him, he seems to have angered a few gods… Zeus’s lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is now the main suspect. Suddenly, Percy’s life goes from normal, well as normal as it could get, to abnormal when he is thrown into a quest with his best friend, Grover, and his new friend from camp, Annabeth. They have ten days to find Zeus’s master bolt and clear Percy’s name upon returning it to Olympus, which is now on the verge of war. In order for Percy to succeed, he not only has to accept everything that he has been thrown into, including the fact that his father that abandoned him is a god who now needs his help, but he has to decipher the prophecy he was given by the Oracle Delphi as he goes along. 

Will he succeed? Read the book, and if you enjoy that the series, and find out.