Friday, January 21, 2011

Review: The Lightning Thief: Rick Riordian

Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordian
Percy Jackson & The Olympians
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. 

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves..

My Review:
So this book wasnt that bad it was good, but I don't want to continue reading this series for several reasons.

1. I dont care what happens to Percy or what goes on in his life
- I guess thats a important thing for me, I didnt really connect to the character.He is likeable but I wasnt routing for him. There wasn't that definable personality trait that made him stand out.

2. The Mytholgy mix was not well done
- I usually like mythology but I didnt think the author did a good job of bringing the whole gods aspects into our modern world too well. I feel like it could have been done so much better. It really was sort of cheesy. EX.. Aries is biker that wears a whole bunch of leather

3.Too Much Too Fast
- I guess the author wanted to readers to stay interested, but I really think he was throwing way too many gods. To be the first book if the series, it was like wambam, monster, Madusa, Aries, Aphrodite, Zeus, Hases, Poseidon, and other witches trolls and any other wierd creatures you can think of. It was a bit much.

4. The connections were not realistic.
- I dont feel that there was huge mentor relationship with the guy from camp half blood (like really pick a better name ). Even the friends, and the whole poseidons is my father thing. I just didnt buy any of it. There really wasn't safe haven of any sorts, not physically emotionally. Percy really can't count on anything (mom, dad, friends, teachers, i mean nothing)

When I start a book I usually dont like to put it down. With this book I found that happening alot. If hades would of kept Percy Jackson as his slave and the series ends there then so be it. Ill probably watch the movies if they turn it into a franchise, which i dont think they will because it wasnt that well adapted either. Im a little dissaponted with the book i really had high hopes. 

                                                               3 STARS

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