This is a book review for Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Read on!
The Lightning Thief is the first volume of the Percy Jackson and The Olympians (PJO) series. It’s also my second favorite book in the series. I hope that you consider checking it out after reading this review.
The Lightning Thief is about Percy Jackson, a boy who is the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea and horses. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and he accuses Percy. Of course, Percy isn’t the real thief. After running into a Kindly One, a monster who was disguised as a pre-algebra teacher, Grover Underwood, his best friend, decides they go to Camp Half-Blood. Camp Half-Blood is a camp for demigods or half-bloods, the children of Greek gods/goddesses and mortals. On the way there, the minotaur captures his mother.
A few weeks after arrival, Percy is given a quest. He has to go to the Underworld to retrieve Zeus’s lightning bolt. He and his friends, Grover and Annabeth Chase, go across the country to DOA Recording Studios. They convince the receptionist to let them into the Underworld on a ferry. Chiron, the person–or centaur, I guess–who sent him on the quest thinks that Hades, The Lord of the Dead, stole the bolt. A centaur is a half-horse, half-human being. Personally, I think Hades is my favorite god. We have a lot in common. Anyway, after they go through a lot of trouble with Ares, the God of War, and Kronos, who was in the depths of Tartarus, Percy gets to Mount Olympus. He returns the bolt to Zeus. Finally, he gets his mother back, and at the end of the book, the chilling part of his prophecy about a friend betraying him comes true.
Of course, I left the part about his experience with Hades and Ares, because those were spoilers. And, of course, the friend betraying him is a huge plot twist. But anyway, this is a really good book. And once you read the first book, you have to read the rest! It’s impossible to put down! I’ll give you some advice: don’t just read the first two books and stop. Because the end of book two is a huge cliffhanger, the biggest one in all of history. Again, I hope you consider reading this book. You certainly won’t regret it.