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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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Feb 06, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, ya, mythical-gods-goddesses
Read from February 06 to 07, 2010

One particular review that I read prior to reading this book, compared the series to a less-than-stellar Harry Potter. I am glad to say that I whole heartedly disagree.

Percy Jackson has always been an outcast. Anything that can go wrong - does...and it's always his fault. He has a strange, somewhat paranoid friend, Grover, and one teacher (his Latin teacher) that sees something special in him.

That all changes when a pre-algebra teacher attempts to kill Percy during a school outing. Thanks to a pen that transforms into a sword, Percy survives. He also discovers that he is the son of a god. In order to keep the monsters from killing him, he makes his way to a summer camp for other demi-gods, Camp Half-Blood. Along the way, he learns that Grover is a satyr, his Latin teacher is Chiron, teacher of heroes, and that is about to embark on a quest that will, hopefully, prevent a war of epic proportions.

The plot was a bit easy to deduce, but some of that may be the cause of this being a young adult read. It wasn't boring or underdeveloped, just not as complex as it could have been. Overall, a great YA read.
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