The Lightning Thief

lightningthiefThis book is about a boy, Percy Jackson, and his crippled friend Grover, who is actually a satyr (half goat, half man).  They go on an adventure with their also-crippled Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner, who is not actually a Latin teacher – he teaches demigods to defend themselves from monsters that will try to kill them, and he isn’t crippled because he can’t walk, but because he is a centaur (half horse, half man).

I really love this book because I usually wonder what it would be like to live back when there were Greek animals, gods, demigods, and people, and this story just gives me a better understanding of what it was like back then. If I never read this book, I would have never watched the movie and written this rave!  Book 1 of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.  [SpaceUnicorn1234]

47 thoughts on “The Lightning Thief

  1. After accidentally vaporizing his math teacher with a magic sword, Percy Jackson discovers that the Greek gods are real and that he is a demigod: half god, half mortal. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and he thinks Poseidon did it, but Percy knows it was really Hades. I won’t say anything else, read the book! It’s very funny.

  2. Percy Jackson is going to get really surprised over the summer. He is taken away to the best place in the world with people like him: Camp Half-Blood. As soon as he gets there he’s faced with a big challenge. Zeus’s master bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. With the help of his friends he must find the meaning of the prophecy and the Oracle’s warning of a betrayal of a friend.

  3. This book is awesome!! The way the writer explains every detail is so captivating! It’s about a boy named Percy Jackson who is apparently the son of Poseidon … therefore all the monsters are after him, trying to destroy him before his 16th birthday so the prophecy doesn’t come true. What prophecy, you ask? Read the book to find out.

  4. Percy Jackson comes so close to being dead way too many times. Doesn’t he know that Annabeth really likes him? It’s so obvious!

  5. Percy is a normal boy living in Manhattan, New York. He is in 6th grade and has been expelled from every school he’s been to. While on a field trip his math teacher turns into a monster and he vaporizes her with a sword that is a pen. On Friday he goes home after ditching Grover to find that he and his mom are going to the beach for the weekend. One night Grover shows up at the door and soon Percy, his mom, and Grover are fighting a minotaur to get to a camp. To get Percy and Grover safely into camp, she is pulverized to gold dust by the minotaur. Percy is so mad he rips off the minotaur’s horn and stabs it with it. As soon as that’s done, Percy faints. This camp is for demigods or half-bloods. Later during a game of capture the flag, Percy is pronounced a son of Poseidon, the sea god. I’m not going to say any more, so go check the book out and read it for yourself. Happy reading!!

  6. This is the first book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Percy finds out he is a demi-god. That means he is half god, half mortal. Percy is sent to Camp Half-blood. There he finds out his father is Poseidon, the god of the sea. Percy is sent on a quest with his two friends Grover and Annabeth. What’s the quest? It’s to go to the Underworld and retrieve Zeus’s lightning bolt. If they don’t retrieve it there will be a war – one that could kill mankind. It’s all up to Percy now …

  7. A lot of people influenced me to read this book, so I did. Let me say that I really didn’t like it. It was fun to read, ’cause reading is fun, but I felt that it was a complete copy of Harry Potter. There will never be a book as great. As I read this book, I found the same elements I’ve found in all fantasies. Sure, there are some similarities, but there wasn’t anything new or interesting about this book. It’s fun to read, but it will never make it to the top. Sorry, Percy Jackson fans!

  8. OK, I’m tired of everyone saying Percy dies too many times!! He NEVER dies, he just ALMOST dies. I still think this is a great series, but I do agree that Harry Potter was better! But it’s way better than Twilight.

  9. Percy Jackson is what you could call your everyday troublemaker: constantly being expelled, constantly being yelled at, but often, he doesn’t know WHAT he did. When he is faced with a shocking experience on a school field trip, he soon learns that things aren’t what they seem, and myths are not so mythical after all …

    Yeah, Percy Jackson rocks!! It is a close second to Harry Potter, and millions of books ahead of Twilight!!

  10. In this story, Percy Jackson discovers he’s the son of the god Poseidon. He’s soon taken to Half Blood Hill, a place for half human-half god children. In the story, Luke, a fellow camper, plans to turn the gods against Percy. Will he face the wrath of the gods?

    I really enjoyed this book. There was excitement at every turn of the page – I just couldn’t put it down! Never would I have thought a book with history in it would be so cool. The ending was also very good. I like cliffhangers and sequels, so it’s the best of both. Good job to Rick Riordan!

  11. Percy Jackson finds out that he’s a demigod. There was a surprising twist where the one person Percy Jackson suspected wasn’t the one. This book is thrilling with action, adventure, and comedy. It is a great book for kids our age.

  12. The story begins and you meet Percy. Later Percy finds out that he is a demigod; he is sent to a special demigod camp. When Zeus’ lightning bolt is stolen, everyone expects that Percy did it. Will Percy find the bolt? Will the gods be defeated? Overall I really liked this book. I think others should read it too! It’s great for all ages, especially for those who like Greek mythology.

  13. Percy is just a normal 6th grader, except for the fact that he has been kicked out of six schools, has a teacher who loves Greek mythology, a stepdad called “Smelly Gabe,” and a BFF who acts younger than twelve but has a beard. Weird, right? Things get even weirder when he is on a field trip and gets into trouble for something he didn’t do. Then he gets attacked by a teacher that he defeats with a pen-turned-sword from his mythology freak teacher, Mr. Brunner. Eventually, he gets kicked out of school and a stalker friend, a weird stepdad, a dead mom, a Minotaur, and some “tightie-whities” later, he finds himself at Camp Half Blood, a place for demi-gods. Percy gets introduced to some other demi-gods, Greek mythology, and camp toilets. He gets sent on a quest with his best friend and a daughter of Athena, where he must retrieve Zeus’ lightning bolt. He comes across a few issues along the way, but he has to keep going because Western civilization is a stake. Will he make it?

    I LOVED this book! Learning about Greek mythology was really interesting. Annabeth was my favorite character because she didn’t let anyone mess with her and she was smart. Everyone should read this book. It’s fantasy, historical fiction, a little sci-fi, and romance (if you know where to look).

  14. If you enjoy good literature, this book is not for you. It is filled with clichés and predictable storylines. Rick Riordan attempts to grab his readers attentions by using a ridiculous amount of infantile references to pre-teen pop culture in the early 2000s, such as skateboarding. So much skateboarding. If you can easily ignore terrible writing, this is the book for you!

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