The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan: A Review

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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. (Goodreads)
My Review
Rating: 4/5
After quite a long hiatus from reading, I was craving something that was full of fantasy and battles but would also make me laugh. I found this book in the school library, took it out, and then brought it back the next day; I’d finished it that evening.
The genius of bringing the Greek Gods into modern-day America is absolutely astonishing. I have nothing but praise for this novel! (Or the rest of the series for that matter).
Percy is a beautiful character with the flaws of youth but his personality is heroic and empathetic.
When I was reading this for the first time about three years ago, I fell in love the world Riordan created. It’s just so honest and real as a coming-of-age story with  major twist!
Fantastic read for young and old.

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