Monday, December 14, 2009

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, reviewed by Mitul Lall

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by
Name: Mitul Lall (13 years)
School: Fr. Agnel School,New Delhi

Rick Riordan is the author of the hugely popular Tres Navarre Mysteries but he got worldwide fame through the incredibly popular series-"Percy Jackson". In his big debut in writing for kids with Percy Jackson, he really hit it off!!!

Imagine, what would happen if the Gods of Olympus still existed in the 21st century, fell in love with mortals and still had babies!!
You guessed it right! It only led to one thing-TROUBLE!

The 12 year old protagonist Percy Jackson suddenly finds out that he is a Demigod and a son of the great Greek God "Poseidon". It is very bewildering and complex for Percy to understand his father who he meets for the first time in his life. Eftsoon trouble strikes and he along with his satyr friend 'Grover' and 'Annabeth', daughter of Athena are granted a quest to venture across U.S.A to find Zeus's stolen weapon of mass destruction 'The Master Bolt'. The characters duel with oodles of deadly monsters, and face difficulties to save their lives. The book basically chronicles his adventures and run-ins with gruesome monsters. The author has integrated a great deal of mythology into modern times.

I found the book fast-paced, funny with a hip edge. Though the only thing in which the book lacks is on the emotional front like when Percy looses his mother, readers craved for a much more dramatic reaction, Percy didn’t rise to their expectations by giving a very mellow response to the sudden demise of his mother. Inspite of this, the book has done implausibly well. The sardonic tone of the narrator added an extra edge to the book making the story more real and convincing.

As I zipped through the book I thoroughly enjoyed every page (except when his mother died!). The book even got its fair share of criticism by many websites who said that the story was close to TV serials and contained too much of violence. But personally, I would highly recommend this book because of its unique and velocious storyline!!

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