Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Important Book- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My most important book is The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This book follows the story of Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon and New York resident Sally Jackson. He makes his way from a boarding school in Manhattan to a Camp Half-Blood. Camp Half-Blood is a place for the daughters and sons of Greek Gods and regular mortals. In The Lightning Thief, Zeus’s lightning bolt goes missing. The God of the skies thinks Percy has stolen the lightning bolt, but he is wrong. The actual thief is Luke Castellan, son of Hermes. After the demigods figure out about the war between the Gods, Percy Jackson and his friends Annabeth (daughter of Athena) and Grover (satyr) go on a quest to return the lightning bolt back to Zeus and The Helm of Darkness back to Hades.

This book was written in first person through the eyes of 12 year old Percy Jackson. The author probably wrote this way to show Percy’s long experience and what he must go through to complete the quest. The Lightning Thief was written in a fast-paced humorous style. Although it contains a lot of action, there is humor within what Percy says or thinks, but also what happens in the story. When I read this book, I could not stop reading it. The book is filled with suspense and questions, making you want to find out. At the end, there is a cliffhanger that leads perfectly into the sequel, The Sea Of Monsters.

This book surprised me in a plethora of ways. When I found out who stole the lightning bolt, I was shocked. Rick Riordan lead me to believe that a different character had stole it, but then the surprise hits you like a train. I loved the way the author kept me reading the book with all of the suspense. Just when one thing was solved, another problem would pop up on the quest for the demigods and the satyr. The book was fast paced, yet it went into each important event with great detail. I liked this because I could learn more about the important ideas in the book, but I could breeze by the less important happenings. The only thing I did not like about this book was that it ended.

This book got me into the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. This book is important to me because it got me into reading about Greek, Roman and Egyptian Mythology. This book also was the first book that I have read by myself and actually loved. The theme of the book was never doubt yourself even if the odds are not in your favor. This theme sounds weird based on what happens, but it is actually true. Percy, Annabeth and Grover had to return the Helm of Darkness to Hades, return the lightning bolt to Zeus, and do that all in enough time to prevent the Gods going to war with each other. As you can probably tell already, the three heroes succeed in their quest.

To sum it up, you can tell I really like this book for its writing style and story. I would definitely read this book if you are interested, and if not, well then, your loss. This is probably my favorite book ever, yet the movie was terrible. In the movie, it skips key moments in the book, and if it did mention an important moment, then it was definitely not described. Other things in the movie were added, additions that were not made in the book.If the movie replicated the book, then it would most likely be one of my favorite movies. Unfortunately for me and other Lightning Thief lovers, the producers were unable to do so. When I read The Lightning Thief the second time, it was just as good. This book keeps me reading every time I read it, and is a satisfying experience for me. I definitely recommend this book for you to read, and I hope you get the same sensation as I did.