Review: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Reviewed by Gary Leong (2A1)
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the debut novel in the renowned fantasy series. The plot centres around the battle between demons and Greek gods such as Zeus. The hero is a young Percy Jackson, who is secretly a demigod—half god and half human; his father is none other than Poseidon. As such, Percy possesses amazing powers such as incredible fighting skills, with the ability to harness water as medicine and to manipulate water into any form he wants. This gives him a great advantage over the demons.
After Percy is accused of being a thief, his quest is to retrieve Zeus’ master lightning bolt in an attempt to affirm his innocence and to prevent a god war from breaking out. Two counterparts journey with him: Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and Grover, a satyr. Their journey involves conquests against demons such as a mighty Hydra, and culminates in an act of betrayal that leads to a climactic battle scene.
Rick Riordan carefully crafts a netherworld that is believable and haunting. The captivating plot combined with his unique vivid descriptions of character hold the reader—this is a riveting read. To cap this all off, his surreal setting, with Mount Olympus situated above the Empire State Building, provides the perfect backdrop against which to set the nonstop action.
If you enjoy fantasy punctuated with epic battles and peopled with intimidating demons, join Percy Jackson for the ride of lifetime.