The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. As the name suggests, it is filled with a lot of Greek mythology so if that something you are fascinated with, this is the right book for you.
The Lightning Thief: Summary
Percy Jackson does not fit in and has been moving from school to school because trouble follows him. Trouble ends up following him home and that leads to a journey to the West Coast and the Underground. Percy discovers why his life has been turned upside down and has encounters with Greek Gods and other mythological creatures along the way. It is up to Percy to solve the mystery surrounding the feud between the Gods or the whole world will suffer the consequences.
The series took off after the first book and has become one of the best series in the world. The books came into fruition when Riordan’s son in second grade asked to be told Greek mythology as bedtime stories. Riordan was a teacher and used to teach Greek Mythology so he was able to tell him stories he remembered from his teaching days. After Riordan ran out of mythology, his son asked him to make them up with with the same Greek gods in it and Percy Jackson was born.
How this book came to be reminds me a lot of Watership Down and how Richard Adams also used to tell stories to his kids. The best books seem to be the ones that parents create for their kids. And just like that novel, The Lighting Thief has become a mainstream success and a part of most children’s reading list.
These books are targeted towards children and young adults but if you are looking for a series to keep you occupied and craving greek mythology, then I would recommend this for you. We all know Harry Potter is usually the first fantasy book that comes to mind but Percy Jackson is right behind it so if you loved the wizard world, then you will love Riordan’s take on Greek mythology.