Book: The Lightning Thief

First Book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Originally Published: June 28, 2005

By: Rick Riordan

Greek mythology and teen adventures combine to create a thrilling first entry to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

After a mishap on a school field trip, 12-year-old Percy Jackson finds out that he’s not like other kids. His mother takes him to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for children of the Gods. Percy soon finds out he’s the son of Poseidon and is sent on a quest to help keep the peace between his father and uncle, the mighty Zeus.

For fans of Greek mythology, this is a perfect read that’s enthralling and comedic but also brings in a plethora of Greek heroes, Gods and monsters. It’ll spark enthusiasm to go back and read the actual stories.

Percy is an endearing character who will immediately draw you in.

Final say: A tale enhanced by its sources. ★★★★☆

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