Title: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians # 1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Story: 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.
Start: june 7th 2012
End: june 15th 2012
Comment: If you know anything about Greek mythology, you'll know that their gods had a tendency to produce demigod kids by the dozen. So it's not too hard to guess what "The Lightning Thief" is about. A boy who discovers that he's the offspring of a god, and the other demi-god kids that he gets to know at a very special camp. The book has a short introduction when the adventure starts already in the first chapter. You're sucked into the story and from that moment on I had a hard time putting the book down. The book has several similarities with the Harry Potter series. It's an underdog story about a troubled boy who happens to have special qualities and becomes a hero. But the concept around it is totally different and very creative. The book is very easy to read, adventurous and it's a nice way for kids and adults to learn about Greek mythology. I really liked Percy Jackson, but I think his friend Grover was my favorite character. He had a lot of humor and enjoyed reading about him. The fact that the two teenage boys fight for their right together with a girl, points out to another aspect that this book has in common with the Harry Potter series. I liked reading "The Lightning Thief" and could recommened it to other readers who are in the mood for something very adventurous.
Rating: 4,5 / 5