Villafranca, N. Book Review Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief) Author: Rick Riordan For a story about Greek mythology with a touch of remarkable twists and humor, Rick Riordan’s book is a wise pick. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief) is the first book of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, which revolves on the story of Percy Jackson, a demigod son of Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea. In Percy’s perspective, he talks about his journey along with other demigods dealing with different monsters and Greek gods of Olympians and Titans. Perseus “Percy” Jackson is a twelve year-old kid who lives in Manhattan in New York City. He is diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia. He is a son of Sally, a human, and Poseidon, a Greek god, – which makes him a half-blood or demigod and is the reason why he unknowingly always gets into trouble. From his innocent yet chaotic life with his mother and stepfather in Manhattan, he is taken to Camp Half-Blood where he has fully known his identity as a half-blood and where he has met his co-half-bloods from different cabins of other Olympian gods and goddesses. Percy, along with his two half-blood friends, is
tasked to get Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt, mistakenly believed to be stolen by Poseidon. They encounter several strange phenomena and meet different gods and monsters along their journey. In the end, they get to return back Zeus’ master bolt and Hades’ helm of darkness which they discover missing also during their quest and they find out later on who the original thief is. Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a book by the #1 New York Times bestseller American author, Rick Russell Riordan Jr., who wrote over twenty novels about fantasy, detective fiction and mythology. Riordan published the first book in the series in 2005 inspired from his son, Haley, who had been diagnosed with
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ADHD and dyslexia, like the book’s protagonist, Percy Jackson. His book introduces the readers to Greek mythology and shows values of loyalty, love for family and friendship. It implies the true meaning of love to family and friends – acceptance. The story shows fantasy, fun, mystery and adventure which gives resemblance to other famous works such as Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. What makes Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and his other works stand out from other prominent novels is the way he interacts to his readers through his books. Considering the terms, names and places from the Greek mythology, Riordan creatively informs his readers by giving detailed descriptions that the readers can easily imagine and create in their minds. He also adds humor and connection to real-life situations so the readers will not get bored while reading. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief) is a story written for all ages, depicting different attitudes and perspectives towards life’s challenges and creating a powerful vision of perseverance and determination to life’s achievements and success. One of the most interesting part of the book is the scene on Lotus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where anyone who enters there will never want to leave again. While on their quest, Percy, with his half-blood friends, Grover and Annabeth, entered the hotel to rest for some time but it turns out they have been indulged by the heavenly enjoyment they experience inside while being unconscious of the real time. They happen to leave the hotel because of Percy and realize they have been inside for five days. Another enthralling part of the book is when the three half-bloods meet Medusa, the famous cursed Gorgon with a hair of serpents. Medusa feigns kindness and anyone who looks directly into her eyes will be turned to stone. Percy fights with Medusa by slashing her head with his celestial bronze sword, Riptide. He gives Medusa’s head to his mother and used it to turn Percy’s abusive stepfather to stone. The book Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief) yields a wider perspective in life’s trials and triumph. It teaches the value of family and
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