Percy Jackson has always had a hard time at school and has been kicked out of a few of them, but while on a class trip to a museum he has a new bad school experience: he’s attacked by his teacher who turns into a monster. Turns out Percy is a half-blood, son of an Olympian God, and he’s right in the middle of a war that’s shaping up to be worst than World War II.
I’ve been meaning to read this series for some time because of all the hype. While it didn’t necessarily blow me out of the water, I did find it pleasantly humorous with some nice morals for younger readers.
I listened to the audiobook, and it certainly enhanced the enjoyment of my drives. There were times I didn’t want to get out of the car because I wanted to keep listening. The narrator did a good job with the voices and timing of jokes. I especially liked his voice for Annabeth as I find that many male narrators have difficulty making feminine voices without sounding like their being mocking.
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. Also, the fact that Annabeth is such a brainiac even with dyslexia shows that you can overcome your disabilities and that knowledge can be cool!
If there is one thing that I was disappointed with, it would be myself. I’d watched the movie version of the book before reading and it ruined a lot of possible twists for me. You can bet I will avoid making that mistake again!
Books with similar aspects
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
recommended to the young and the young at heart looking for a fun adventure with plenty of humour
not recommended to older readers looking for more complex stories
Don’t just take my word for it!
“I had a lot of fun with The Lightning Thief.” – Christa @ Hooked on Books