What belongs to the sea will always return to the sea”
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan was a solid 5 stars for me. This classic middle school series started off on the right note with an amazing and solid first chapter that sucks you into Percy Jackson’s world immediately. The world building was there, the characters were alive, and the adventure was immersing. Riordan subtly puts in the references for certain gods and demigods, making this book not only enjoyable for the adventure but also a book to educate yourself on the Greek gods. For a middle school series, this has to be one of the best reads I’ve had in any genre.
Percy Jackson is young boy who is known as a ‘problemed’ child because he moves from school to school and never seems to get his grades up due to his ADHD. His best friend Grover and his favorite teacher, Mr. Brunner are watchers over Percy to see if he is a son of one of the ‘Big Three’. Strange things happen to him and he is forced to take shelter at Camp Half-Blood where he meets enemies and friends alike. He is given a quest that only he can complete because he is a prime suspect in the to become war amongst the gods. Through the journey we see character development, gods and demi gods, and sticky situations. Percy, Grover, and Annabeth travel to find the missing lightning bolt to save the world from chaos because of the gods feuds.
All the characters in this story were well developed and have a piece of my heart. The writing style is so simple and descriptive at the same time. The fast paced adventure is never boring and there’s always something lurking right around the corner for Percy and the gang. Overall, I highly recommend this book; even if you think the age is off putting, it does not affect the book in any way.