Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Reviewed By M. Koopmans, June 2021

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is a mythological fantasy story about Percy Jackson. Percy finds out that he is a half blood, half mortal and half god. This causes the 12 year old to be launched into a life of Greek “myths” that he could’ve never assumed were real. Once he arrives at Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for people like him, he learns that his real dad is Poseidon, Greed God of the sea, and that he is being accused of stealing Zeus’s, Greek God of the Sky, master lightning bolt. Zeus gives Percy 14 days to return what was stolen from him before he starts an all out war against the Gods, ending the world as we know it. Now Percy has to go on a quest to find the lightning bolt so he can save the world. 

I have read this book a few times and it is one of my personal favorites. The author does a really good job of making Greek Mythology easy to understand and making the characters interesting. This is a book that is meant for younger kids but it definitely is enjoyable for teenagers too. In all, I recommend this book to people who enjoy adventurous fiction novels and Greek mythology.