The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

80%

34 Critic Reviews

A great book that blends Greek myths and the modern world together fantastically, with plenty of jokes and fun. Rick Riordan is an amazing author and this book is a must read...
-Guardian

Synopsis

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. Book #1 in the NYT best-selling series, with cover art from the feature film, The Lightning Thief.
 

About Rick Riordan

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Author Bio: Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of three different mythology-based series for Disney-Hyperion: the best-selling Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series. The first book in the Kane Chronicles, The Red Pyramid, was a number 1 New York Times bestseller. The five books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series have sold millions of copies, been published in more than thirty countries, and inspired a major motion picture. Rick's novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
 
Published May 2, 2009 by Disney Hyperion. 396 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction
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All: 34 | Positive: 33 | Negative: 1

Guardian

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Reviewed by Smiley Carrott on Mar 21 2016

A great book that blends Greek myths and the modern world together fantastically, with plenty of jokes and fun. Rick Riordan is an amazing author and this book is a must read...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by smileyblondeee on Jul 26 2015

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is a terrific tale of friendship and heroism! It’s got humour, light history, adventure and action...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by King of Hearts on Feb 21 2014

This book is probably one of the best books I have read. I was always wondering what would happen next – some parts were filled with fear and emotion and some filled with action.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by ilovepercyjacksonbooks on Apr 25 2011

I really like how Rick Riordan leaves you wondering about what's going to happen in the next chapter. Also as the story goes on he develops the characters telling you more about them...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by chocolatechipcookie on Feb 12 2013

A fabulous, funny novel full of suspense. It has a great story line, full of twists and turns. You'll never get bored reading this. It's just jam-packed with great characters, personalities and scenes.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Dragonfly on Jul 24 2012

I think this book was really interesting and is a great way to get you into Greek Mythology! When you read it, it makes you feel like you are transported into the book!

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Nithin on Mar 13 2010

The book has more fights, and it was way longer than the movie. This means more entertainment. Read the book first. See the movie later.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Mel Odom on Jun 14 2007

The story is rich and deep, and will keep your child’s attention. In addition, you’d be surprised how much you can talk about even when you’re not reading. And your child may just want to wander around the internet learning more interesting facts about Greek mythology.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Mel Odom on Jun 14 2007

The books take a while to read out loud to younger readers, but the effort is well rewarded. The story is rich and deep, and will keep your child’s attention.

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Examiner

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on Sep 08 2014

...even without knowledge of Greek mythology, this book is still enjoyable for someone of any age. It has action, adventure, and history rolled into one story.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Oct 03 2011

This was a fun book and a quick read. The writing is geared toward young adults, so there’s no swearing or anything inappropriate, but at the same time there’s a maturity to the narration that makes it enjoyable for adults as well.

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Pajiba

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Reviewed by Jelinas on Feb 01 2010

...as far as adventure goes, the book is tons of fun. The action never lets up, and it's no surprise to me that the series is so popular.

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Pajiba

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Reviewed by Mr. Vlach on Jul 20 2009

The Lightning Thief is a very engaging book to read for two reasons. It is packed with action, and the author also incorporates a lot of humor.

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Tor

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Reviewed by JULIANA WEISS-ROESSLER on Jul 21 2010

Unlike Harry Potter, the novel feels a bit written down to children, but not so much that it’s painful to get through. On the contrary, it’s an easy read and the characters are likeable, so I enjoyed the journey despite the uneven writing...

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KidsReads

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Reviewed by Robert Oksner on Mar 21 2006

If you can suspend disbelief, you will find this book similar to the old-time movie serials, except that the villains and heroes are Greek mythological figures, right here in present-day America.

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Reviewed by Melissa Fox on Sep 09 2014

While the plot sounds needlessly complicated, it works as a whole to keep the reader engaged. There’s an overarching story that holds all the smaller pieces together...

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by musicisthegoodlife on Sep 09 2014

This book is a fast-paced page-turner. I liked that every character has a distinct personality and role. Many of you have probably either heard about this book or have seen the movie, but if you haven't read it yet, I strongly recommend it.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by b33495 on Sep 08 2014

I would recommend this book to anyone ages ten to sixteen. Also anyone who likes fast paced action books should read it too. There is no shortage of villains and heroes in The Lightning Thief, the storyline is amazing.

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Quick Book Reviews

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on Mar 23 2012

The book itself can be described as a non-stop roller-coaster of thrill and excitement, culminating in a final confrontation of epic proportions.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

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on Jan 13 2012

...I had a blast reading this book. Riordan doesn’t just include some token gods as characters, he digs really deep into the mythology, and the way he layers aspects of the myths into his story gives the world he creates a feeling of completeness and complexity.

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

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Reviewed by Felicia S on Apr 23 2013

...it is one that I think all ages can enjoy...I highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure :) You won’t go wrong!

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Jen Robinson's Book Page

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on Jan 29 2006

Rick Riordan does a wonderful job of sprinkling the book with interesting mythological information while never "teaching" the reader. I think that this is important, because books that set out to teach, with heavy hand, just aren't fun to read. The Lightning Thief, however, is a lot of fun to read.

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Parental Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Andye on Sep 09 2014

All of my kids LOVED this book, and the ones that follow. All of the books in the series are clean, and they have really helped my kids with their Greek mythology.

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My Bookshelf

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Reviewed by Shirley on Apr 22 2011

All in all, I enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and found it to be a fast and captivating read. I recommend this especially to mid-school and high school teenagers and even tweens.

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on Sep 08 2014

Rick Riordan uses both the ordinary and the extraordinary, doubt and betrayal, abandonment and assistance all weaved through a story founded on Greek mythology. The end product is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The Lightning Thief is a must have on any Middle School teacher’s classroom library.

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Winged Reviews

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on Jul 05 2013

A few of the jokes and puns are a little too cute, but there is a lot of nice setup for the rest of the series. Riordan doesn’t pull his punches, and he isn’t afraid to let things be complicated. It’s a fantastic start to the series.

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Dandelion Dreams

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Reviewed by Kelly on Aug 15 2013

...even though he knew he was being watched on his trek across the country, the gods still blamed him for something he didn't do which didn't really make much sense to me either. The mythical world however is fantastic with a good portion of it being regular ol' US of A, except there were monsters and gods roaming around it everywhere.

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Rally the Readers

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Reviewed by Lee on Oct 02 2012

Percy’s adventures are sure to thrill middle grade, young adult, and adult readers alike. The Lightning Thief is a perfect introduction to Greek mythology for younger readers and a nice refresher for returning fans like me.

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InkBitten

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Reviewed by Gabrielle on Sep 08 2014

All in all, thanks Rick for giving us dreams and adventures and for inspiring children and teens to read. I hope you all enjoy as much as I do!

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Bookshelves Anonymous

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on Jan 07 2013

While I found many of the twists and surprises easy to guess in advance, I loved the pace of the story and the way Mr. Riordan managed to thread Greek and Roman myths throughout.

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Coffee and Wizards

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Reviewed by megtao on Jul 08 2012

I really liked the fact that Percy (and the other half-bloods) all have dyslexia and often struggle with school. I think it shows that the “bad kid” or the kid that struggles isn’t a dumb kid and in fact can be really awesome.

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Bookster Reviews

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Reviewed by Cliona on Aug 12 2011

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is one of my favourite books, and I highly recommend it to fans of fantasy, adventure, and Greek mythology. Everyone should read this book! It's original, funny and absolutely un-putdownable!

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The Spotted Mushroom

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Reviewed by RI on Jan 27 2010

The writing is funny and easy to read. Sure, it’s no literary classic. But is it worth your time? Yes, yes, yes.

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The Crowded Leaf

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on Jan 18 2010

It wasn’t meant to be a heavy and serious novel, but simply a fun, fantasy-filled, magical book which made me reminisce of Harry Potter. I didn’t want the book to end...

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