Book Review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Published on May 18, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars shattered my heart into tiny pieces. I opted to go on a “reading break” because the book made me really depressed for more than two weeks. When I finally decided to start another book, I told myself that I needed something light as my heart was still recovering. I settled with The Lightning Thief, the first of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series.

lightning-thief Image taken from rickriordan.com

I know a lot of people who love Greek mythology. My husband is one of them. Unfortunately, I found it too boring. It was included in our English curriculum on my last year in high school. But after watching the film (just last year, thanks to Star Movies :p), my curiosity was piqued, and I decided to give Greek mythology another chance.

Though the overall feel of the novel is somehow similar with Harry Potter, I still enjoyed it. I love how Rick Riordan has modernized the different gods. Can you imagine what if the earthquakes and storms are actually caused by angry gods?! =)) And it is very hilarious to think that some important figures from our history are demigods. There were some parts that were dragging, but the author was able to make me regain my interest. After reading the book, I somehow felt that the movie was a letdown. Well, it’s really difficult to compress a book into a three-hour film.

Though the book is probably aimed for young adults, I still enjoyed it. It tickled my imagination. And most importantly, Riordan’s approach to Greek mythology finally made me appreciate it. :)

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