Thursday, June 30

Book Review: The Lightning Thief

Title: The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riodan

Pages: 375

Summary: There is no such twelve-year-old boy as Perseus 'Percy' Jackson. The Greek gods are nothing more than old myths. They certainly never have children with mortals in the 21st century, nor is there any such place as Half Blood Hill, a summer camp for demigods on eastern Long Island. Percy never met a satyr or a daughter of Athena. They most emphatically did not take a quest together across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

My Rating: 5.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book was fine, it wasn't a bad book by any stretch, but I didn't find it that interesting, likely because I'm quite a few years older than the intended age audience.

I found that there were a lot of holes in the plot, missing information I guess you can say on how everything should have come together, and tied up. But I did enjoy the Greek mythology woven into the book, it gave enough information, to grab the reader's attention, especially for the age group - it may even get the intended audience more interested in mythology.

If I look at the book as something I'd recommend to the age group, I think it would be a good book, and series for them. It's easy to read, and has adventure and action throughout. And the characters would likely be ones the age group can relate to.

Overall, it is not a book for me, but I think it is good for the age group. I didn't hate it, it just didn't work for me.

Would I recommend it to read: I'd recommend the book for the tween audience. It may be a good choice for more reluctant readers, or a book parents can read along with their kids, but it isn't one of those books I'd recommend to the adult readers.

What to read next: If you enjoyed the book, more from the series.

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, Fantasy Challenge, Spring Reading Thing


  1. My kids loved these books and dragged me to the movie last summer, and it was just horrid,, I tell you. I am sure that these books are fine for adolescent readers, but I am not one of those readers who will ever pick on of them up. They seem to be made for the younger set, and don't' have much crossover potential. I can see we agree on this Jules!

  2. Zibilee - It wasn't my cup of tea that's for sure. The only real reason why I picked it up is for the Take a Chance Challenge I'm doing one of the challenges is read a book you spotted in public, and one of the book was part of the series. I don't think I could handle more books, just to get to that one, so I'll have to pick another.