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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Book 1) (PUFFIN FICT PB) Paperback – January 1, 2013
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- ASIN : 0141346809
- Publisher : PENGUIN (January 1, 2013)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 9780141346809
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141346809
- Reading age : 10 - 14 years
- Lexile measure : 680L
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.8 x 0.98 x 7.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story starts with Percy warning us about reading it. Like something about if you find something familiar, then close the book immediately. Um, I read it on a Kindle, how can you close a Kindle?
Then it goes on about his life. When his mom takes him on a vacation to the beach away from his abusive stepfather, she tries to get him to a camp to stop a minotaur from killing him. Yeah, a minotaur. On the way there, he finds his best friend has goat legs. Like a lot of other stories, Percy loses consciousness.
When he wakes up, he finds himself in a camp full of half-gods, satyrs, a centaur, and a god of wine that always says peoples’ names wrong. Then he finds that the minotaur has sent his mother to the underworld and he has killed the minotaur. When he finds out he is the son of the sea god, Zeus gives him a death threat because he thinks that Percy took his most powerful lightning bolt.
Then Percy has to go on a quest along America, fighting monsters, metal spiders, and medusa. And then into the underworld. When he does, he finds a terrible mistake…and a traitor. But enough about that! I don’t want to give you too many spoilers.
I actually watched the (TERRIBLE!) movie about Percy Jackson before I read the book. After I read the book and watched the movie again, I decided that I would never watch the movie again. (Seriously, make a note: Never watch the Percy Jackson movie). The book is infinite times better, and in my opinion they ruined everything when they made the movie.
Yes, I own all of the Percy Jackson books, and all of the Heroes of Olympus, the next series. Rumor has it that there is another series about norse gods and heroes. As Dionysus would say, “You’ve heard of Peter Johnson. Now, get ready for Magno Cheese.” (Magnus Chase)
Most fiction books about Greek mythology stay away from the topic of religon, as it is obviously made up, but the author Rick Riordan mentions it! (And he is not very respectful either.) It is as if he really believes in Greek gods!
On page 67, the protagonist Percy Jackson asks one of the gods about Jesus, and the greek god just shrugs it off, saying " That is a different matter." And Percy goes with it! If Percy was a true believer, he wouldn't give up so easily! And he obviously was, or else he wouldn't have asked. This is such a small thing that the author could have taken out, but Riordan kept it in. Why? To prove the point that Christianity isn't real!
On page 293, it's the worst. When the protagonists get to the so-called underworld, they see a preacher. It is told that the preacher was raising money for a charity, but used it for himself instead. He died by driving his " Lamborghini for the Lord" off a cliff. What is that symbolizing? And when Percy Jackson asks his friend, " Didn't he believe in a different underworld?" His friend tells him that " mortals can be stubborn in that way, always looking through the truth." If that doesn't prove my point, then what will? Stubborn? It's called being right! The truth is God!
The underworld is portrayed very wrong. The characters say mocking phrases such as " oh my gods" and " thank the gods."
This is a great book, don't get me wrong. I just wish Riordan had been a little less disrespecting.
Not your best, Riordan. I think " The 39 Clues" series was better. But oh wait, you only wrote 2 of the 11 books in the series, and only one was independent! The other was written with three other people! Even Peter Lerangis and Gordon Korman did more work than you! And most people know who Riordan is, but not Korman and Lerangis.
In conclusion, Rick Riordan disrespects religions and steals fame for things other people did most of the work for (and that I become very mean when heated up!).
By Michael Piccirillo on September 15, 2018
It's fun. If you are an adult read it with your pre-teen, early teen as something to do together or in the car on a trip. You may surprise yourself that you have really enjoyed it.
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Why have I waited so long to read this?! Because I'm there, I get it, buy me a T-shirt, and sign me up to the fandom already! My only regret about this book is, why didn't I read it sooner?!
I loved the way Riordan makes Greek mythology relevant to the present day. It was really interesting to see how he updated these stories as they have such a wealth of possibility, which believe me, he uses it to his full advantage. Riordan has created a rich world with a fast paced adventure that still stays true to the original premise just with a whole host of new and loveable characters.
So don't let the age range put you off, it doesn't read like it's intended audience, just good fantasy fiction.
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Reviewed in India on August 12, 2018
A happy bookworm
Reviewed in India on June 15, 2018
A happy bookworm