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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 20th 2005 by Disney Press (first published June 28th 2005)
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Juli Brom Yeah, pretty much everyone here is 100000000% correct, and by now you should have already read the book, but add to everyone here DUDE THE MOVIES…moreYeah, pretty much everyone here is 100000000% correct, and by now you should have already read the book, but add to everyone here DUDE THE MOVIES BRING SHAME TO EVERYONE'S RICE FEILDS AND COWS THAT MADE NO SENSE BUT STILL THE BOOK IS LIKE *AHHH FLOATS DOWN FROM OLYMPUS*(less)
Makenzie First off, the movies do not do the books justice :)

But yes, definitely read the books! I'm a teenager and I read the books a few years ago, but to…more
First off, the movies do not do the books justice :)

But yes, definitely read the books! I'm a teenager and I read the books a few years ago, but to this day it's one of my all-time favorite series. Riordan is an amazing writer, and once you start his books, you can't put them down! He does a great job with combining mythology with the modern day, so the stories seem all the more realistic.

While the first book is projected towards a younger audience, it's still action-packed and captivating. As the series progresses, Percy, the main character, grows and gets older so by the final book in the series he's 16, so as he matures, the books get older as well.

I also recommend these books because Rick has a follow-up series, called the Heroes of Olympus Series, which is for an older audience. Some of the characters from the Percy Jackson series carry over, so I recommend reading the first series to better understand the second (and I definitely recommend reading the follow-up series because it's just as good, if not better than the first).

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Sasha Alsberg
Mar 31, 2016 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I need more......
Ela
I'm slightly ashamed to say that I watched the movie before I read the book. But I'm even more ashamed that I watched the movie only to experience the hotness that is Logan Lerman.



But, come on! Someone tell me that this , is not hot:



Really. What did I tell you? (I do imagine that you probably won't read the rest of the review anf just stare at this gif instead, but that's no reason not to like my review! :D)

But, I really have to thank Logan. I really do. Because without his unfreakingbelieveabl
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
A+ Writing
A+ Plot
A+ Characters
A+ MONSTERS

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I wish I hadn't watched the movie before reading it, because I felt like that ruined a bit of enjoyment of this book for me, but for the most part I had such a fun time reading this book and I'm looking forward to continuing on with the series.
Destinee Sutton
Aug 07, 2008 Destinee Sutton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Destinee by: The children of SPL
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Mark
Sep 03, 2009 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
My sister recommended this series and I was pretty interested in it once I heard a basic summary of the plot. I must say, I was thoroughly disappointed.

The concept in itself is very creative. Son of a Greek god in modern times. He is dyslexic because he is meant to read ancient greek. That's clever. The translation of Greek gods to 21st, some were pretty well done, except for a few details here and there (a greek god would sick robot spiders against his enemies? Really?) The concept had promise.
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Chiron looked surprised. “I thought that would be obvious enough. The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.
As someone who has worked in Los Angeles, I can tell you that this is completely accurate.

While Harry Potter was spending his summers at the Dursleys, Percy Jackson attended Camp Half-Blood. This book has done the impossible: it has redeemed the name of Percy.

Yes, that's right, that snot-faced, lily-livered waste of air of the very same name from the Harry Potter universe. That n
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Emily May
Jun 03, 2014 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2014
Were you a bit weird in school? Or are you still in school and think you're kinda weird? I mean, everyone is weird, but you know that I mean. Maybe you didn't fit in, maybe people thought you were a bit of a loser. Maybe you had learning difficulties, were a target for bullies, got into trouble a lot, maybe it seemed like your teachers just didn't like you. Maybe you sucked at reading and were even diagnosed with dyslexia. Or ADHD.

Well, don't worry. Truth is, you're actually most likely a child
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Cara
Dec 24, 2013 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reluctant readers
Recommended to Cara by: Gerson
Really is there something I could say that hasn't been said? Doubtful, but in utterly stupid human style I will write a review anyway attempting to tell people how cool this book is.

This is plainly an awesome idea. I had always wondered what happened to the kids of half gods/goddess and humans. Here's the story to quench your curiosity. Percy Jackson has been dumped around from border school to border school. He has never been quite like anybody else, but as the end of sixth grade approaches h
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Samadrita
EDIT 09/06/2013:- That's it. I have had my fill of too many stupid, brain-cell destroying comments posted on this review in the past few months asking me to write a 'best-selling book' before attempting to take apart Rick Riordan's writing. As if the exclusive privilege of negatively criticizing a book is accorded only to published writers and not ordinary reviewers/readers.
I do have the right to record my feelings about a book in my review. And it's such a shame that I am actually being forc
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Yet another review:

Well I feel like I've rewritten/updated my review of this like a billion times at this point, but I'm here to do it again. I re-read this over the span of the past two days when I had to take two super-long bus trips. This was the third time I've read the whole thing, I'm pretty sure (kind of the fourth time I guess, since I read a lot of it out loud to my younger siblings last year). There are few books that I loved when I was 12 that I still deeply love now, and this is one
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Kat Stark


Finally managed to finish this novel. I know that people might get a little bit upset over this review since a lot of people I know gave it 4s and 5s, but it just wasn't as appealing to me. I love mythology and it's a great twist on modern day society, but I felt that it was just lacking in underlying themes and wit. This is mostly because the book is geared toward a younger age group.

For me, I was interested in the beginning, but eventually the book started to bore me down. There was just way t
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karen
Nov 22, 2010 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a perfect book for young teenagers. if you were trying to devise a formula for writing a perfect book for this age group, you could not have done much better than this.

1) mysterious parentage. kids are totally self-absorbed. some never grow out of it, of course, but in younger people, it is more excusable - their internal life makes up the majority of their experience, they are used to being the center of attention and they spend a lot of time thinking about themselves and fantasizing. s
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Kat O'Keeffe
Apr 02, 2013 Kat O'Keeffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book SO MUCH! Great characters, awesome world, fantastic writing, entertaining story--I can't think of any negatives! I will be adding the rest of the series (books 2-5) to my April TBR so I can read them ASAP!
Darth J
Aug 26, 2015 Darth J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Darth J by: G
Shelves: series
"Who's your favorite Greek god?" my cousin asked.

"Poseidon," I answered immediately. With that, she began to sell me on this series...



I originally wrote this one off as just another Harry Potter rip-off (which it basically is. Don't believe me? "Half-bloods" and the fact that instead of a prep school for wizards it's a summer camp for bastards of Greek gods). But it does have some good points, especially if you are a teacher trying to get your mid-grade class interested in mythology. I was put o
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Mar 14, 2016 Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE) by: the whole world


Oh, what's this box? TOMATOES? Aw, now, you don't want to do this do you? I swear I can explain!! Just hear me out, okay?

Had I read The Lightning Thief at 10, I would have loved it - Hell, I just bought 15 copies for my pupils - but unfortunately it failed to wow me this time around. I know what you're thinking : really, you're just too old for Middle-Grade, why are you rating it on an adult scale? I would be tempted to agree, except it's more complex than that. See, in this Middle-Grade experim
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StoryTellerShannon
If you like Harry Potter, you will probably like this book, too. Come to think of it, if you do not like HP, you may still like this book. Recommended reading ages are grades 5-9 but if you're younger and like to read this book may very well be fine . . . and, this book is actually written well enough for adults to enjoy as well.



Tale focuses on a 12 year old boy named Percy who isn't getting along with just about everyone in school and soon discovers part of his problems are related to the fac
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Natalie Monroe
How do I begin to explain the awesomeness that is this series...?



Percy Jackson is flawless.

It has two Celestial bronze daggers and a sliver chariot.

I hear its pages are insured for $10,000.

I hear it does Diet Coke commercials in Greece.

Its favorite movie is Disney's Hercules.

One time, it met JK Rowling on a plane and she told it it was the next Harry Potter.

One time, it punched me in the feels... It was awesome!

Aria (My Infinite Reading List)
For some reason, I did not think I was going to like this book. I was worried because it was a Middle Grade book, I wouldn't like it too much. But no, I was so wrong. I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Of course it wasn't perfect. Some things that happened on this book are questionable, but then again, this is a Middle Grade book. I shouldn't compare the writing or the depth of this book to an Adult book or even a Young Adult book.

This series is even better than some of the YA/Adult books I've read.

And no, I am
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Namratha
HALF-BOY, HALF-GOD, ALL HERO!!....the Tagline says it all. Percy Jackson is your quintessential pre-teen, dyslexic and suffering from ADHD. Getting into unexplainable scraps and shuffled from school to school, he pretty much accepts the fact that he’s destined to be......well, one big Loser.

Little does he know that he’s a ‘Half-Blood’, an off spring of a powerful Greek God and a mortal woman. And there is a special place for him, “Camp Half-Blood” which houses and protects other such demigods, n
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 04, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Joyzi
Shelves: series, ya
I knew almost nothing about Greek and Roman mythologies prior to reading this book. So, while reading the first two chapters and when I had difficulty following what's going on, particularly who were those characters, I picked up and started reading Edith Hamilton’s Mythology. After finishing the first chapter of that book, I resumed my reading and then I could follow.

The reason for my ignorance was that my teachers in elementary, high school and college did not bother teaching about those gods
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Joyzi
Aug 17, 2011 Joyzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Harry Potter
Recommended to Joyzi by: Youtube
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I first watched the movie version of this book that I really enjoyed and so I became interested to read the book.

So I just want to say that I rate it four stars because the story is about Greek mythology in the modern world, which is good because I loved mythology ever since.

I love the characters in the story especially Percy Jackson who in the story have dyslexia and ADHD, so in the story at first, he was not very good at school and he viewed himself as a loser because of that.

It really tou
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Jessica Olson
Jun 13, 2016 Jessica Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
I'm sorry but I'm speechless right now
Kiki
Nov 29, 2011 Kiki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, please don't get me wrong. This book is adorable. I mean, come on - it's about a kid who wants to go save his mom. It's also a great stonking adventure with lots of flashy prose and a sweep-me-up-and-never-drop-me plot. Fun, fun, fun.

The only real problem I have with this book is the same that I have with pretty much every other fantasy tale that follows suit with Greek mythology: Medusa.

Just don't get me started. I don't really want to get into a rant about it, so let's just say that in anc
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Mary
Jun 01, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished it in one sitting, this should give you an idea about how perfect it was :D
Inge
Just as brilliant as the first time I read it, now I can continue on with the rest of the series! ^_^
Raegan
Don't judge a book by it's movie!
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
4 Stars

So let’s start this review by calling that great big, pink elephant in the room out right off the bat, shall we? There are dozen, and I mean dozens, of parallels that can be drawn between Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. Both stories center around an adolescent boy who has grown up never knowing his true linage. A loner boy, who finds himself acquiring an underdog-ish best mate and an intellectual brain as partners to a quest wrapped up in a world he never even knew existed. There are secr
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Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
(Review written in 2011)

I did somewhat enjoy it. The beginning was fun and strange – it’s not everyday your algebra teacher tries to eat you – and the ending tied up quite well. It dragged a bit during the middle, and I had to put it down for a few days before deciding to pick it up again and soldier on.

Overall, the premise of the story was quite original and interesting. It wasn’t badly written either, just a bit average.

It just boils down to it being written for a younger audience. At times,
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Valentina
I loved every second of Percy Jackson! The characters are just amazing, and the plot twist is really good!
The movie is nothing compared to the book, except for the cast, which is pretty great.
I loved the fact that Percy can be really sassy and brave, but at the same time really cute and caring.
The other characters like Annabeth and Grover are pretty cool as well, I enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to read the next book!
Lisa Johnson
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“My name is Percy Jackson.
I'm twelve years old. Until a few months ago, I was a boarding student at Yancy Academy, a private school for troubled kids in upstate New York.
Am I a troubled kid?
Yeah. You could say that.”


I forgot how much I loved this book.
I first read The Lightning Thief a while ago. (To be exact, almost seven years ago. Yeah.)
I loved it, and I really wanted to continue on with the series, but too much time passed between finishing this and starting The Sea of Monsters, so I wasn
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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.

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