The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So I just finished reading Rick Riordan's The Lighting Thief from his series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. What can I say, I loved it. I saw the movie a while back and never read the book and I have been looking for a new YA series to get into since I left Twilight behind. This first books did not disappoint. Percy's character is way different than he is in the movie. In the movie Percy's character looks to be around 16 and in the book he is 12, which I must admit I like better. I liked the fact that they characters are so young because it makes ever battle and ever minor quest they go on such a big deal. You think are they going to survive this? Are they really going to fight a god and live?
Like I am sure so many have already discovered this book is very entertaining, packed with adventure and it's even a great way to make a child fill good about themselves. Percy suffers from dyslexia and even though he has this he doesn't let it stop him from trying to become the hero he was born to be. I think giving him this block makes his character real and children with the same condition can relate more to him and find the courage in themselves.
Over all I thought this book was fantastic and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. I would encourage parents, grandparents, or anyone who has a young reader and is looking for a gift to give them this series would be it.
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