Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Next Book: The Sea of Monsters
Source: Personal Purchase
Description from Goodreads:
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
I actually read the whole Percy Jackson series back in February 2010; they were the first five books I read on my kindle, actually! When the Heroes of Olympus series first came out, I started considering a reread, but after watching the second movie, I realized I didn’t remember much of the series and decided to start my reread immediately.
I remembered a lot of the big details of The Lightning Thief, but I had forgotten a lot of the little ones, so I still really enjoyed it. Actually, I was surprised at how fast it went this time around. It seemed longer the first time I read it, so I hadn’t realized how quickly the story actually moved. I thought it worked really well.
It was a cute, fun Middle Grade read, and while things seemed to resolve themselves easier than they might in a book for an older audience, it never seemed like things went too easily.
Overall, even with a reread, I really enjoyed The Lightning Thief. I plan on continuing to reread the series, and it really piqued my interest in Greek Mythology again. I would definitely recommend this series!