The Lightning Thief Book Review – Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book Series

Hello everyone!

This is my The Lightning Thief book review. The Lightning Thief is the first book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series and it is written by Rick Riordan.

I will have to change school this year. Again…Mysterious guy in the dark

My name is Percy and until a few months ago my life was normal. Okay, not normal normal. But way more normal than it’s now!

You know, I’ve always had troubles. I can’t stay in a school more than a year because sooner or later something happens.

But today looks like it’s gonna be a great day. We’re going to a museum and Mr. Brunner is with us. Best Teacher Ever! At last, this trip seems to have some potential. 🙂

But remember when I said that I have to change schools a lot? Well, that’s when it happens. Field trips and I? Not a good combination…

Everything starts when I get into a fight with this stupid bully from my class and one of the teachers sees us. I’m ready to get punished… again! But when I see my teacher turning to a monster and trying to kill me and, then, I defeat it, I think I’ll get crazy!

But it wasn’t a monster, was it? It’s hazy, but… what am I thinking? Probably a dream! There are no monsters. Though, no matter what, it keeps bugging me. Enough to get kicked out of this school, too… Surprise, surprise!

Camp FireAt the end of the year, I hear Grover, my best – and only – friend talking with Mr. Brunner and he says weird things. So, it wasn’t a dream? Nevertheless, it does not matter. You know why? Because the school is over and I can go to my mom. Okay, and to my horrible stepfather (I still haven’t figured out why she married this guy). But good news! My mom has arranged for us to go on vacation! Just she and I. Yay!!!

We even can stay there for a few days! There… In the place where she met my dad, who’s lost at the sea. Unfortunately, the first night, Grover comes and suddenly we’re on the run with a monster hunting us! What happened to normalcy???

And even though we try our hardest, my mom is dead!

Dead!Dark forest

Dead!!! That’s it. This monster will no longer exist!

And I do defeat it. But then, I black out and next thing I know is that I’m in Camp Half-blood.

And my mom is dead.

What is Camp Half-blood, you ask?

It’s a place for children like me. I guess you should learn what I just did. Do you remember the gods from Greek Mythology? Yeah, well, they’re real. They do exist. Surprise!

My father is a god and that makes me a half-blood, a demigod. And since gods are real, you know how it goes, right? What else did mythology include? Monsters…

And monsters can sense demigods, so after a certain age, we are in danger. Camp Half-blood has been built to protect us from monsters. While we’re in, no monster can enter unless it’s summoned from within the camp. But who would do it this? No one…

BattleIt takes a while to get used to the camp. But it feels so good to be among people like me!

I finally feel accepted and I…

But no… They’re not like me.

And I’m in trouble again!

Zeus’s lightning bolt has been stolen and he thinks I’m the thief because I’m the son of Poseidon. One of the Big Three. Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades made a promise some years ago to not have any more children as they were too powerful for this world to handle.

And even if a god can’t steal from one another, they could ask their child to do so. So he believes I did it on behalf of my father. I don’t even know the guy! Jeez…

Lightning strikingHow exactly am I supposed to have stolen it, since I just learned that I was a half-blood?

Now, I have to find the lightning, because, otherwise, the Gods will start a war and who knows what that ‘ll mean for us?

The best part? I start my travel with a prophecy that tells me that I’ll fail. Great!

But I don’t care about it. Because in order to find the lightning bolt, I will have to go to the Underworld. And that’s where my mother is. Because she’s alive. And saving her is what matters the most. So, I’ll go to the Underworld and find her no matter what…

Favourite character

I’m gonna choose the obvious character here and I’m gonna say, Percy. Not because he’s the main hero; even though, that is super cool… 😛 But because he has power over water. Even before starting this series, while I was reading Greek Mythology, I was always fond of Poseidon. I love the sea and I love swimming, so…

Why I love this book

  • I love adventures and that is one of the best I’ve ever read!
  • I’ve loved mythology since I was a kid, I’d choose this over any fairy tale.
  • I love the sea so a hero that controls the water and is the son of Poseidon, is a dream come true for me! 😛

Random thoughts

  • I love the way the book starts. Like all of it is real!
    But it’s not. Right…?
  • My favourite colour is blue. Blue azure, actually! This series always reminds me of that!
    Don’t worry! You’ll know when you read it. 😉
  • There are two movies for the first and the second book (The sea of monsters). Go ahead if you’d like to check them out!
  • There is another series: Heroes of Olympus. It’s a sequel, but I haven’t read it yet. So for anyone who has, tell us if it’s good or not. 😀

For more books for young teens, check my list!

If you ‘ve already read this, I ‘d like to know how you liked it. If you haven’t and you have questions, ask me and I’ll answer.

Please before any major spoiler, write SPOILER ALERT. We don’t want to destroy it for others!

Don’t forget to have fun!!!


  1. Hi There. Thanks for the review. To be honest I haven’t read the book but I have seen the movies and I really did enjoy those. I have always found Greek mythology quite interesting, as well as the whole fantasy/medieval type theme it has going for it. I would be really keen to read your thoughts and review on the Harry Potter, The hunger games, The divergent and Lord of the rings series of books. These I have all read so I would be interested to see what your thoughts are on them.

    1. I’ve already done The Hunger Games review and most of the rest will come soon. I love mythology, too – not only Greek – because even though it’s not real (I guess!) there were people who believed it was real once! And the drama is too much fun to resist! 😆

  2. Hi, I enjoyed the review and since it’s right up my alley, this will be on my list to read now. I don’t know why it’s in the teen section, maybe some of us just never grow out of that stage or the best books are there.

    1. Well, I put the books in the teen section but that doesn’t mean that we can’t read them! I love it when I get the chance to relax and read them again! 😉

  3. Really nicely written summary of the story, definitely got me intrigued.
    I really like mythology too, I have ever since I was a child. So maybe I’ll look it up, or as you mentioned it was made into a couple of movies, that’s pretty cool.
    Though of course, as it is often said, the books are usually better than the movie. What do you think? Are the books better than the movies, or the movies better than the books?

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