The Lightning Thief — Rick Riordan
Besides the Big Three: Zeus (God of the Skies), Poseidon (God of the Seas), and Hades (God of the Underworld), I frankly knew nothing about Greek mythology. I remember having a quick discussion about it in school and memorizing names for a test, but momentarily dismissed it from my mind as soon as the papers were passed. It didn’t interest me back then, so why am I a sucker right now? I blame Rick Riordan for getting me hooked.
The same with the majority of PJ fans, I had watched the movie first before reading it, which is logical since the books became a hype subsequent to the movie’s release. I thought it was okay but the best thing about it was Logan Lerman playing Percy. He’s so cute! Therefore, it was Logan who aroused me into reading the series. That wasn’t so bad, right?
Thoughts after reading the book.
Yes. I was disappointed. Well, um… not with the book, kay? It was good. The movie’s where I’m infuriated. It’s nothing like the book at all. There were some of the scenes but great heaps have been cut. I just don’t understand why they have to do that—especially when the next book in the sequel is in the making. *sigh*
On to review. It was very clever of Riordan to incorporate a contemporary tone to an archaic lore. Olympus on the Empire State Building’s 600th floor? The Underworld below Hollywood in Los Angeles, California? The entertainment factor was superb—I like the notion of the Gods practicing modernized ways. The way they wear up-to-date clothes and use current gadgets—that was way too awesome. It made me appreciate the Gods and Goddesses better as I have the impression that they are these bloodthirsty freaks and ill-tempered personages. The characters were very likeable and comical. Even the side characters were interestingly quirky. Still, I didn’t have any problems with the writing whatsoever. Our protagonist is a kid; hence, the simplicity of the writing was acceptable.
In conclusion, I felt imperatively committed to this book—to the series, to be exact. I am on the third book of The Heroes of Olympus at present, but I felt the need of reviewing every PJ book, just for reminiscence’s sake.