Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
I picked up Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan at the book fair a few months back but only got around to reading it a few weeks ago. If you like stories of young people with powers going around fighting monsters, a book full of hilarious quips, Greek mythology and don't have a problem with a third of the characters being the gods from Greek mythology you will like this book.
While I really enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, this book reminded me of Harry Potter in many ways more than the title (yes it is definitely a rip off in a lot of ways, but I am not going to bother to name most of them), and in the bad things as well as the good ones.
Percy Jackson (the MC) does actually fit all the characteristics of an epic hero. Some better than others though...
- He is of Supernatural birth.
- The gods intervene in his quest (continually).
- He has a special weapon.
- Is a great warrior..... kind of... at lest more so than some of the other half-bloods.
- He faces supernatural foes.
- Defeats monsters.
- He travels over a large setting.
- Is trying to save the world.
- He is... not tempted by women as most epic heroes are (that would not really be appropriate for a children's book), but there is a scene that would kind of fit that characteristic.
oftensometimes make rash decisions and takes unnecessary risks.
- He even descends into the underworld.
- And of course he eventually achieves his goal.
The story is rather humorous, I had tears of laughter squeezing out of my eyes at times. It is also fast paced, non stop action with a very short deadline. The stakes are raised as you read, even though they start rather high, with a narrow escape from death in the first or second chapter! I found the main character really relatable even with him being a demi-god, he has dyslexia just like me and he also had ADHD and that was not portrayed as a bad thing, he was a very real and unique character. And some of the gods were such characters too. I liked his two main friends, but could not help being reminded of Harry, Ron and Hermione half the time.
The plot was not particularly surprising, it seemed to hint at
everything a bit too much, but it was a fun read. I also have conflicting thoughts about how accomplished Percy Jackson is, he ends up only having trained with a sword for a year (and all that time not believing he will need it) yet he can defeat monsters! He seemed a bit scary and daring for .... however old he was, maybe 12? And things occasionally seemed to easy for him....But then he is half god so maybe he should be even more powerful.... so maybe what he can do is quite understandable.
As for why water features in a lot of these photos.... well you will have to read the book to find that out won't you. I have read the second book now too, and it does seem less of a rip off from HP than the first is, but the plot of it is very similar to this one and still not really surprising, but both were really fun and hilarious... and I have touched up on my Greek mythology too.
Have you read any Rick Riodan books?
What did you think of them?