{Review} Percy Jackson #1 – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lighting Thief

Rick Riordan

(Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1)

Published June 28th, 2005

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Plot at a Glance:


Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school, again. But that’s the least of his problems when he discovers that he’s the child of a Greek God and that he’s thoroughly angered some of them just by existing. When Zeus’ mythological lighting bolt goes missing, and Percy becomes the prime suspect of the theft. Now, Percy and his friends have only 10 days to find and reclaim Zeus’ weapon to clear his name and curb a celestial war between the Gods. But the quest will not be easy, and a prophecy of the betrayal of a friend looms heavy over Percy’s head as he journeys across the country to find it.



My inner child is absolutely devastated that I didn’t read this series when I was a kid. Percy Jackson was one of those series that was always there, just on the periphery of my social conscious. I knew I should read it, but for one reason or another I gravitated to other things instead.

Thankfully, as an adult who likes reviewing books for fun in my spare time, I have absolutely no shame about reading the series now, even if it was originally intended for a younger audience. In some ways, I think I might have even enjoyed it more as an adult.

I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology. (I may or may not have filled electives in high school and college with classes on mythology; just like I may or may not have obsessed over shows like Xena and Hercules in my teenage years.) I had a great time comparing my own personal knowledge of Greek mythology against the ways that Riordan weaves the stories into Percy’s larger adventure.

It’s such a fun way to introduce Greek mythology to children and teens while staying entertaining for adults as well! The mythology remains faithful to the original stories, but it feels fresh and fun here as each character is full of personality and charm. The world is full of magic and wonder and I never once felt bored as the characters explored within it.

Speaking of characters full of personality, Percy Jackson himself is one of my new faves in terms of characterization. He’s brave, loyal and hilarious and his friendship with Grover and Annabeth has quickly become a favorite for me. Also, can I just say that I think it’s so cute that Riordan based Percy on his son, who had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia? I think it’s so awesome that Percy gets to sort of stand apart from other heroes in stories as a champion for those kids forevermore.

When I finished reading this book, I immediately went and told my 11 year old nephew that he absolutely had to read this book so I had someone to talk to about it. I’m proud to call myself a Percy Jackson fan and will be continuing the rest of the series shortly!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟= 5 stars & a new favorite for me!


What did you think about this book? Have you read the sequels? Would you say they improve over the first? Did you read this as an adult or when you were younger? 

24 thoughts on “{Review} Percy Jackson #1 – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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  1. I love Percy Jackson series! It’s one of my favourites. The adventures are awesome and exciting in each book. I didn’t read it right when it came out. (I think it was 2005?) I read it in 2015 and I was already over Percy’s age. But the stories (+ Greek mythology!) are amazing 👍

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  2. I completely understand you, I also read this just two years ago realizing what I had been missing!! But that did not make the book bad, on contrary, I feel so much younger (and happier) when reading his books. Pjo will probably always stay with me 😊

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  3. Percy Jackson series is just one of a kind and an absolute gem of a series for younger readers (and us adults too!). Glad you’ve enjoyed it and discovered a new found love! Slightly jealous you were experiencing it for the first time!

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  4. I was a late bloomer for the Percy Jackson series as well — I think I read it two years ago. But now I can’t get enough of Riordan’s books! Although I do think I’ll always prefer the original series. 🙂

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    1. I’m seeing that a lot of my friends missed out on his books as they were published. I’m glad I’m not quite so alone! Perhaps I’m going to appreciate them more as an adult anyway.


  5. I absolutely loved this series! I’ve always seen it in the book store but was all, “ehhh..” about it until I had to watch the movies while babysitting. I know that the movies aren’t the best and most fans don’t like them, but the movies are what made me want to give the books a shot. So I picked them up, and finished the series in two weeks lol. Now I just need to get the other series! Late bloomers of Percy Jackson should stick together lol

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    1. I just watched the first movie two days ago and while I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the book, I still thought it was entertaining. I think movie from book adaptations are a good thing, because they get people interested in reading things they might never have tried out before. I totally agree that we have to stick together. There seems to be a lot of (I think Harry Potter sort of overshadowed this series for a number of years).


      1. That’s so true! If I haven’t seen the Percy Jackson movies I probably wouldn’t have read the books 🙂 yeah, Harry Potter did overshadow this series a lot but what I’ve seen online the Percy Jackson Fandom is strong and fierce

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  6. I started reading this book like 4 years ago and I did not like it. Now, why? I don’t remember… but! a friend of mine, again recommendation I do follow those XD, told me they get really good and the books “grow” or mature… I don’t know XD so, I bought this box set because they are amazing, I love mythology too! and I think now I might enjoy them more than before! (I wasn’t a bookworm back there XD)

    Thank you for sharing Bentley! Hope to see more of your reviews and pictures!


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