Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians – The Lightning Thief
This book is easily, and without a doubt, one of the best books written in the last decade.
It’s well written and very fast paced; two things you want in an adventure genre book. It’s so fast paced that I ended up finishing the book in one day. Every page tempts you to turn to the next until you realize that you just finished the last word.
It’s a wonderful combination of modernism and myth. Very surreal as what is expected from a fiction. A fiction that is unreal or not surreal is a bad fiction. Fiction aims to make the readers believe that the world the author tells them is real, making the readers substitute their own world with what the book has to offer. In this case, it was very real right from the first sentence. Nothing too ecstatic, nothing too bland. Everything was just unbelievably believable.
Upon reaching certain chapters, the book would slowly remind you of the Harry Potter series. This book has a young boy that finds out he’s not so normal after all, a school he attends together with other not so normal children, powers that are beyond human, demons and gods are present, and a quest to save his new world from an unknown evil.
I’m not saying the book is a rip-off but it just had this strong aura of a Harry Potter book that I just couldn’t resist pointing that out. That, however, did not affect my passion towards this book.
The Lightning Thief is the first book of a 5-novel series. The story tells of a young child that goes by the name of “Percy Jackson” who later discovers that his otherwise normal misbehaviors may not be so normal after all. He later finds out that he is the only demigod son of a very powerful god and he must go out to save the very kingdom he never thought existed.
A must read for those who love to read books that mix reality with fantasy and love it when they intertwine.