Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

April 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Given that the movie came out recently, this book was hard to get my hands on. Luckily, the children’s literature professor donated a copy, which I promptly snapped up after it was taken off course reserve.

Percy Jackson is a troubled 12 year old, who is about to be expelled from yet another boarding school. After being attacked by a monster on a school trip,  he begins to discover the truth behind his family, and human history… The ancient Greek myths are true, and his father is a god.

It’s a little hard to explain the plot of the book without giving too much away, but suffice to say that Percy goes on a quest, and his success means the avoidance of a god battle on the scale of World War III.

The similarities to Harry Potter are obvious: mortal tween discovers that he is “special.” Dark forces conspiring against said tween. A school for such tweens and teens, divided into houses, which compete against each other in contests, and eat in a hall with magical food. Three main characters- two boys, one really smart girl. A whole world existing underneath normal mortals’ noses.

For people, such as myself, who are sad that there will never be another Harry Potter book (though I can still dream, can’t I, about a book based on Dumbledore’s life? or read the “James Potter” fan fiction?), Percy Jackson can fill the void. It’s just like enough to appeal to HP fans, but just different enough to still be interesting in its own right. I can’t wait to read the second installment.

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