375 pages, Hardcover
Borrowed from the Library
First in the Percy Jackson series
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. With cover art from the major motion picture, this first installment of Rick Riordan's best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.
I had no interest in this book until I watched the movie recently. As I’ve mentioned briefly before I’m reluctant to read books written by men. (I’m trying to change this and am challenging myself to read books written by men.) What I found inside the book was nothing like the movie, but it was equally enjoyable if not more so.
I had qualms about reading a book with such a young hero, but he was mature, brave, and heroic without ever becoming arrogant. His love for his mother and friends lead him to be courageous in the face of incredible odds.
Annabeth and Grover were great sidekicks. Annabeth is intelligent, maternal, and one of the best secondary characters I’ve had the pleasure to read about. Athena should be lucky to have such a daughter. Grover kinda annoys me, but I have faith that if we see him later on he will be more mature after going on this quest and any future quests he will have to endure alone.
The action within this book was never-ending. When you thought the coast was clear was exactly when a new monster would appear.
This mixed with mythology that is more detailed than any other mythological books I have read thus far barring the ancient classics by Homer, made this one book that I will return to time and again.