Title: The Lightning Thief & The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
ISBN: 9780786838653 & 9781423103349
Pages: 400 & 304
Release Date: June 14, 2005 & March 21, 2006
Genre: Fantasy, Teen/YA
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Percy Jackson is just an ordinary sixth grader – or so he thinks. True, he seems to get himself involved in mischief far too often, but things just happen that he can’t control. As a result, he’s gotten himself kicked out of countless schools. But when even stranger stuff than usual starts happening, culminating in a swordfight with one of his teachers, Percy learns that he isn’t as normal as he was led to believe.
I’ve heard great things about the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and now that all five books are out, I knew I wanted to give it a chance. I had the perfect opportunity on a plane ride, as I figured these books would be great traveling fare. I was right – the first two books in the Percy Jackson series are light, fun, and very entertaining.
As a child, I was fascinated by Greek mythology, so I loved that this book incorporated many of those themes. It’s a wonderful way for children to learn about these myths in a fun way. As an adult, it really took me back. Riordan did a great job making the themes that run through the mythology current, and his way of incorporating the gods into the stories is both intriguing and amusing.
Percy himself is the reluctant hero. He often times feels abandoned by his father. He’s your typical pre-teen with conflicted emotions, yet he has the best qualities of heroes. He is strong, intuitive, and loyal to his friends. He’s a great main character for these books and I look forward to reading more about him in the last three novels of the series.
While these books aren’t perfect (for example, a lot of what happens seems a little too convenient), they’re definitely a lot of fun. They’re great easy reads and are definitely good for when you want something light and enjoyable.