Title: The Lighting Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: April 1st 2006
Rating: 4.5 stars
"Remarkable, really, the lengths to which humans will go to fit things into their version of reality."I'm really late to the party with this one, I have to say. I mean, just look at that publication date! Somehow, I never got around to read this when it was being published, and then my interest just sort of... faded. Other books came out, I had things to do... You know how it goes. This was the book that everyone had read but me, and I didn't mind it all that much. This all was before I discovered the blogosphere. Then I found Melanie's blog (YA Midnight Reads), and boy let me tell you. Mel is like the ultimate fangirl for this series. I can say without a doubt that this must be her favorite series of all time. Her fangirling got to me, and I decided it was time for me to read this. At last.
And I'm so glad I did! I can describe The Lightning Thief in three words: fun, fun, fun! Even though it has close to 400 pages, it's such a quick read. From the first page, Percy ia likeable amd believable twelve-year-old, and he's a really fun narrator. The writing isn't very sophisticated or flowery, and it fitted the novel perfectly. After all, what twelve year old boy talks in a very well-thought and extensive manner?
I liked almost all the characters, and most of them were fleshed out well. I especially liked Annabeth! She's the smart girl who isn't too smart for her age, she's fun, she's a great friend. I really loved her. (And yep, I can totally see myself shipping Percabeth in the future.) Talking about shipping, there was no romance in this book. I had to make that bold because it almost never happens nowadays! I really liked that, because I felt the characters weren't ready for a romance yet and I don't think the book needs one/ can handle one. Enough is happening as it is! I really hope we get to see some amazing Percabeth chemistry in the future though. (Also, I've always wanted to say Percabeth. Percabeth Percabeth PERCABETH. There you go. It's a fun thing to say!!)
This book is action-packed. Never a dull moment! Percy, Annabeth and Grover go from one danger to another, from one trap to the next. It really hooked me and I basically couldn't stop reading! I really loved to see all teh mythical creatures they encountered and the way they handled it. The only thing I didn't really like, or that wasn't realistic, is that they were never wounded in any way. I mean, they could have gotten at least a scratch (apart from that one at the very end of the novel). Although I must say, I didn't really care THAT much about it. The book was so much fun that I was too busy having fun and speed-reading to think critically!
I have one minor complaint and that is the way the backstories of certain characters were handled. Some were okay, but others felt really info-dumpey (that is a word, btw). Percy introduces us to the characters and then gives us a speech about their past that lasts a couple of pages. I feel that could have been done more smoothly, but it was really a minor thing that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the novel.
In all, this was just plain old fun! If you're looking for a fresh, action-packed read, look no further. Despite its length, it's a really quick read and it left me craving for more. Good thing I already bought the other four books then, mwhahaha!