Percy Jackson 1: The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

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

What a delightful surprise this book was. I kept hearing good things about Rick Riordan’s books, and his behavior as an author was inspiring. I never had any real interest in the books when I was a child, but I almost wish I had read them soon. They’re fun and quick reads.

I like the setup of a summer camp for demigods and while the greek myths and legends were in turns familiar and unfamiliar to me, it was nice to have them remind me of who someone was and what was going on.

Percy as a narrator is wonderful. He’s far from perfect, but his talents shine even as his flaws endear him. Rick Riordan also has a very amusing voice that is catchy and never grates. I think in the ten years since publication Percy Jackson has aged very well, and I’m really excited to continue on with him and read the other series.

I also liked the chronological structure of the encounters. Going from one ancient monster to another and learning all sorts of new things about the legends upon which the monsters are based. Getting to see the gods bend the rules and see the prophetic dreams Percy has really kept me engaged in the adventures.

Update: I keep getting stuck on Medusa wearing a burqa as a disguise. It feel like it seems inclusive, but instead it perpetuates the stereotype of 'what's hidden beneath that veil' and the fear of muslims.

Pages: 384
Year: June 28, 2005
Publisher: Miramax Books/ Hyperion

Read: 27 April 2017 to 30 April 2017
Stars: 4 (really liked it)