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June 25, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

Percy Jackson

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Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief was one of the books that I came across when attempting to feed the Harry Potter shaped monster that exists inside me and can only be satiated by the very best of magical fiction. The boy who knew nothing about being a Demi-God, with secret powers and rather interesting parents, sounded remarkably and  delightfully familiar.

Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief is written for a young audience, which is very apparent, through the dialogue, interactions and the setting of Percy’s school and holiday-camp style training venue, but I can’t really blame Rick Riordan for not picturing a 26-year-old as his intended audience when writing about a camp for the sons and daughters, of the Greek Gods. Despite this, and the occasional american-ism that annoyed me a weeny bit I thought that this book was imaginative and a modern, alternative way to learn about the mythology of the Greek Gods. Thanks to Riordan and a certain Lara Croft game I think I can now be considered an expert on the subject ;-). I even reckon I would have a good chance against Medusa if I ever found myself in such a situation. I knew there was a reason to always carry a mirror!

12-year old Percy’s life is turned upside down when he discovers that has a far more unusual father that he had been led to believe and that his life is about to get a lot more complicated, as monsters are drawn to his ever-growing power. As Percy is thrust into Camp Half Blood, the only place he can be protected and can learn about what being a Demi-God really means, he is faced with returning Zeus’ lightening bolt, to the man himself, and clearing his name before he becomes the unwitting cause of a god almighty war! This book is a fast paced adventure that covers a lot of ground quite quickly, literally and metaphorically, not  leaving much time for boredom, as Percy crosses the boundaries of the tangible world as we know it.

On a deeper level, which I have no idea whether or not Rick intended but I suspect he did, The Lightening Thief  could perhaps play a part in helping children who don’t know one/both of their parents to come to terms with it, as their hero Percy attempts to, and encourage them to see the magic in their lives.

I enjoyed this book, it is lighthearted and absorbing and cheered me up when I wasn’t feeling very happy. If you want a quick, distracting read then Riordan is your man. It can’t hurt to be prepared either, apparently you never know when your relation to a God may be dramatically revealed and you will be expected to battle monsters.

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  1. ioniamartin / Jun 25 2013 7:33 pm

    Liked that book very much. Great review.

  2. ljbradburn / Jun 25 2013 7:59 pm

    Thanks very much, It is a fun read isn’t it! 🙂 Have you read any of the others? x

  3. beccaboodle / Jun 30 2013 7:11 pm

    I loved this book!

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