The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

As a child and later teenager, I was an avid reader of all kinds of young adult books. It’s not the name I would like to give them, but ‘coming of age’ sounds far worse. Even if it is what the characters do.

The last young adult books I enjoyed as much as The Lightning Thief was last year’s Kayla Cluver books (to be reviewed in the next few days). Greek myths rank very high on my list of favourite topics, coupled with reluctant heroes and fearless acts of bravery, its a story worth reading.

Percy Jackson is a young boy on the cusp of becoming a teenager, thrust into the old world of gods and revenge, love and bravery, the pace is well measured and a thrilling enough ride to make me read it in two days – despite being busy on holiday.

The characters are strong and the message of the story not only applies to a 12 year old going onto 13, but people of all ages who might find themselves evolving from one stage to another. There isn’t much more to say, those who haven’t seen the film will have seen the books around and if the great fan base surrounding these stories isn’t enough to get you reading, perhaps nothing will.

Great storytelling with a stellar cast of characters.