Monday, February 15, 2010
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Release Date: Available Now from Hyperion
Source: Personal Collection
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.
I'm one of those people, you know the type. I have to read the book before I see the movie. The books are always better; I know this. So, if I'm really looking forward to a movie, I first have to seek out the book. I didn't have to look too far for this one. It's been on my shelf for awhile. In fact, I have the whole series. It's just one of those things that has sat on my shelf, daring me to read it for years.
Finally, with the movie fast-approaching, I grabbed it and decided to give it a try. Fabulous!! Why didn't I read it sooner? This is a great story and an amazing start to a series. I think I was worried it would somehow be just another Harry Potter ripoff, but it was anything but. Riordan has created a world that is totally his own. A world where Greek gods exist and rule over our everyday world.
Percy is a fantastic character. I love my characters flawed and Percy has a lot working against him, but of course, he overcomes it all with the help of some truly awesome friends and a few hidden powers thrown in for good measure. One thing I really loved about the book was the whole road trip element. I love that Percy's journey took him all over the states, and that these hidden worlds exist right under our noses. I can't wait to read the rest of this series, but I have a stack of books to get through first.
I did see the movie this weekend with my sister, my cousin, and my cousin's son. We all really liked it and I was the only one who has read it so far. It was pretty different from the book, but still had a lot of the charm and adventure that I would've been disappointed not to see on the big screen. I'm hoping that they plan to make the rest of the books into movies. There was a huge crowd at our show, so I know there's interest out there in the franchise.
Now I'm looking forward to Riordan's new series even more than ever.