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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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Jul 26, 11

bookshelves: ya, myths-legends-fairytales, own-ebook, for-reading-challenges, expected-more, fantasy, reviewed, thieves, location-us
Read from July 20 to 26, 2011

It would be difficult to read the Percy Jackson books and not compare them to another series about a magical young, prepubescent boy. But Percy Jackson is sort of like an inverted Harry Potter. Harry tries to spend his whole life being invisible so Dudley and his friends won’t beat on him, whereas Percy, with his ADHD and various other issues, can’t help but act out. Like Harry, Percy finds answers to all of the weird happenings in his life when he discovers the truth of what he is and is brought to a place to train those like him. Only, where Harry Potter gets to live at Hogwarts during the school year and dreads summer, Percy dreads the school year and makes the choice to only attend Camp Half-Blood in the summer.

If I had read this book when it was first published I might have enjoyed it more. I’m a little older now, and much of The Lightning Thief was a little juvenile for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the quest because it was a little repetitive: the group goes here, they run into trouble, they get out of trouble and move on to the next destination where they run into trouble and get out of trouble and then move onto the next destination…

I think I’ll still give The Sea of Monsters a try (eventually, but not right away) because I like the overarching plot that this book set up at the end (view spoiler). I’m also interested to see if both the writing and Percy mature a little as the books go on.

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27.0% "I'm sorry. He's the son of Poseidon, yes? How is this so difficult for everyone to figure out? He controls water. He's good at canoeing. That basically screams GOD OF THE SEA to me."
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