Deadlines just aren’t real to me until I’m staring one in the face.
I’ve been debating whether or not to review this series when I had finished it. On one hand, everyone had heard about this series. On the other hand, it’s taking me a long time to finish and multiple weeks have missed posts because I was reading of the these books. Obviously, I’ve decided to review.
The Lightning Thief is the first in this five book series following Percy Jackson. He starts off as a regular twelve-year-old who struggles in school because he has dyslexia and ADHD. He soon discovers the dad he has never known is a Greek god, and that his whole life will constantly be in danger because monsters will always be after him.
You can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.
The overarching plot is this Great Prophecy that the characters aren’t sure who it is about. Percy is obviously a good candidate. So he has a lot of expectations and enemies before even knowing that the myths are real.
As Percy goes on his various quests, he gets more and more proficient at navigating his new world. However, his world is steadily getting more and more dangerous. He has to rise up to these new challenges every time.
One common theme in these books is the short time frame Percy has to finish these quests. Somehow, Riordan makes these action packed books work without skimping on character development or world building.
In a way, it’s nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong.
The characters are definitely the shining stars of the series. Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Chiron, Sally, and so many others. They are all fully formed and complex. Even the smallest side characters. Everyone has flaws and makes mistakes, and every betrayal and redemption made me just as emotional as the one before it.
I loved how Riordan made the gods into people. They were so annoying yet helpful yet detrimental. Like a real family.
Don’t feel bad, I’m usually about to die.
The writing is so easy and nice to sink into. I never had any complaints about it. The humor never skipped a beat. Even now, a couple hours after finishing the last book, I want to pick up the next series to keep the feeling of peace these books give me.
With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.
This first series was perfectly wrapped up for me. Everything ended so well, and I love knowing this isn’t the last time we see Percy or Annabeth even if they aren’t as prominent.
There are still so many books that I can read after this that I know get better and more diverse. I can’t wait to finally pick them up.