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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

Book 1, Percy Jackson and the Olympians

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.

From Publishers Weekly

May 18, 2009 – Percy Jackson s fifth and final adventure begins with a blast and gets increasingly more explosive. It reads less like a novel than a 400-page battle scene set in Manhattan, pitting Percy, Annabeth, Grover & Co. against a pantheon of monsters intent on reaching the portal to Mount Olympus (located on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building). In other words: fans will not be disappointed. All the action takes place in the days before Percy s 16th birthday, on which a prophecy has foretold a single choice shall end his days. Readers who have watched their dyslexic hero grow into his considerable powers since age 12 will not be surprised by his brave leadership. Or as Percy, facing the Minotaur s army, puts it in typically wry fashion: It was now roughly one hundred and ninety-nine to one. I did the natural thing. I charged them. Details about Luke s childhood explain his traitorous allegiance to Kronos; Annabeth and Rachel Dare vie for Percy s attention; and the final clash would keep a Hollywood special effects team busy for years. As the capstone to this beloved series, this story satisfies. And a surprise character takes on the mantle of Oracle, instantly issuing a new prophecy that suggests, happily, there s more fun with the demigods to come. Ages 10 up.


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Customer Reviews

Great fun

I love Greek mythology and was hesitant to read this series because I've seen Hollywood mess up the stories too many times. However, Rick Riordan has a light playful touch with the classic tales and updates them into modern day. The "what if" question is what if Greek gods were real and what if your hero were sired by a Greek god? Riordan has a lot of fun with this premise and sets up the idea of the monsters as being primordial forces that can't really die. They just are banished for awhile. This allows him to use the big baddies such as Medusa and the Minotaur.

He also sets up the idea that the gods follow western civilization, so Mount Olympus is no longer in Greece, but instead is in New York City over the Empire State Building. similarly the entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles. That's a nice sense of humor. The gods and goddesses also keep up with the times as Zeus is in a pinstriped suit and Poseidon wears Hawaiian shirts and shorts. The characterizations are great, the plot goes at a quick pace and Greek mythology is introduced in an entertaining way.

My son loves the series and I have to say it is one of the best middle grade series I have ever read.


I'm obsessed with this series reading the first book was fantastic I couldn't put it down then I kept reading it I loved it that much I read it 26 times literally then I found out there were more books I read the series 6 times intense adventure drama comedy this book has everything it beats Harry potter hands down!

Similarities to Harry Potter

Even though this book had a lot of similarities to the Harry Potter series it was a good read. I wouldn't of bought it if the movie didn't come out. I wanted to read it first.
I'll admit that I'm a very picky reader and I'm happy that I chose this book to read. I'll go months without reading because I can't find anything that sparks my interest. Usually it's fiction, and a lot of times it's fantasy based storytelling that I end up reading. If you haven't read the Harry Potter series than you won't notice the similarities between the two books and that'll be good.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
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  • $5.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: May 02, 2009
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Seller: Disney Electronic Content, Inc.
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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