Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Publication Date: March 1, 2006
Genres: Fiction > Children’s > Fantasy, Adventure
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
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I hate to say it because I know this is such a beloved book — but I just wasn’t a fan. I first started this book sometime in 2016 I believe, but stopped because I just couldn’t get into the story. I decided to give it another try, and even though I finished it this time, I just wasn’t impressed.
First of all, I felt like the writing was really immature. My first thought was to give it a break because it’s a middle-grade series. Then after some research on Goodreads, I discovered that it is categorized as YA. This could be wrong, but I feel like whether it’s middle-grade or YA, the writing, dialogue, character reactions, etc. is just not up to par with other middle-grade/YA crossovers such as Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.
The characters were likable enough, but I didn’t feel like they really developed or changed a whole lot. Their personalities, backstories, and relationships weren’t that deep, and I didn’t feel a strong connection to any of them.
While I really liked the fun connections between Greek mythology and modern life, I found a lot of the symbolism Riordan used to be a bit heavy-handed and preachy. For example, there are several mentions of how humans are dirty and do nothing but create pollution — he has a point, of course, but again, it felt way too preachy. Oh, and the current entrance to the Underworld is located in Los Angeles, CA — come on, tell us how you really feel!
I really wanted to like this series because it’s so hyped and I’ve been on the lookout for a good series to get into, but sadly, this isn’t the one for me and I won’t be continuing on with the series.