Compared somewhat to the likes of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief is a mid-school/YA novel full of adventure, friendship, the trials of school and peers, and Greek mythology. Adults and school age children alike will find something in this pages that is appealing.
I read this book in two sittings. It is, as usual better than the film version. In the movie version, Percy Jackson is older, maybe 15 or 16, which I thought better suited the developmental level of the protagonist. However, by comparison, Harry Potter was just 11 when he discovered that he was a wizard. Percy was 12 in the first book. Having your lead character as young Percy is portrayed in Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, gives alot of room to grow in future book so it is good planning on the part of the author, Rick Riordan, to age Percy in this manner. Percy does seem older than his years but when one considers he grew up without a real father figure and felt somewhat responsible for his mother, he would, out of necessity and experience, be more more mature than his school counterparts.
The Lightning Thief presents the value of friendship, responsibility, trust, and honour in a fantasy novel that will especially appeal to boys. Percy faces many trials, terrors, and enjoys adventures that strengthen his character whilst entertain the readers. With chapter titles like “I Ruin a Perfectly Good Bus”, I Plunge to my Death”, and “I Become Supreme Lord of the Bathroom”. I would like to take back what I said at The Red Pyramid that I don’t give too much attention on the chapter titles. Cus here, even the reluctant reader will be enticed to delve into the pages of Percy’s story.
All in all, I enjoy Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and found it to be a fast and captivating read. I recommend this especially to mid-school, and high school teenagers, and even tweens. It is especially good to find a book that appeals to such a wide range of individuals, particularly boys. You will find it entertaining regardless of your age.
The all-around conclusion was that each one of us found Percy Jackson to be an enjoyable read. We all enjoyed the creative chapter headings and the Greek mythology theme. For some, the book surpassed expectations. Some of us had seen the movie prior to reading the book but were unanimous in noting the book appealed to us more than the movie.