Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I just finished up reading a fun non christian fiction book in the series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Please note, I am going to share with you whatever I read, be it a inspirational or Christian book or not. This is Book 1, The lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Here is what the book flap tells you:

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believe Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure if he believes himself. Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp. Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he's coming to realize, are very much alive in the twenty-first century. And worse, he's angered a few of them: Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy has just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends-one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena-will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. 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 failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. (End Quote)

I know this is a juvenile book and just like Harry Potter but I enjoyed it! Soooo get over it you non Harry Potter fans! When I was younger I was always interested in Greek Mythology and so this was right up my ally. And note not interested like wanting to believe in Greek gods or anything I just thought they were neat myths. The book is 375 pages with several different book covers other than the one shown above. If you liked Harry Potter you will probably like this series as well. There are many similarities between the two books. Harry's real world and magic world collide where he discovers he's a wizard = Percy's real world and Greek mythology collide where he discovers he is a half blood god. There is actually a movie coming out in February 2010 based on the first book with quite a few big name actors/actresses involved. To check out the trailer and movie info click here. I have requested the second book in the series from the library and look forward to reading it. Thanks again to my fried SM for telling me about the book! This is obviously not a book club selection but it was a nice easy fun read. If you have read it or plan on doing so and would like to share what you thought, please do! Happy Reading!

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