Genre: middle grade urban fantasy
Length: 375 pages
Setting: present, throughout the U.S.
Summary: Percy Jackson thinks he’s just a normal kid who has troubles in school because of his ADHD. Turns out he’s a demi-god, and it’s soon after he shows up at Camp Half-Blood that he’s claimed by Poseidon. Percy undertakes a quest to recover Zeus’ master lightning bold, with the help of Annabeth. While it looked originally like Hades stole it, turns out it was Ares who stole the bolt at the behest of a Titan awakening in Tartarus. Percy’s quest is successful and he prevents a war between the gods.
Final thoughts: A fun-filled start to the series. It sets up all the main characters and the idea that the Titans are awakening. There is a graphic novel version of the story (The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel) which I recommend only after you read the full text. There’s just so much going on that has to be left out of the graphic version that you’ll get lost unless you already have the context.
Title comes from: Zeus’ master lightning bolt was stolen, which nearly started a war among the Gods.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book from a previous year
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