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The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
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Released in the US on February 12, 2010 by Fox 2000 Pictures, the movie adaptation was nominated at the MTV Movie Awards in two categories: Best Breakout Star (Logan Lerman as Percy) and Best Fight. While the movie did well, many faithful followers of the series were disappointed in how much the action differed from that of the novel. Over all, the special effects were amazing, but I preferred the novel 100% more!
"Percy Jackson & the Olympians:
The Lightning Thief"
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Friendship, loyalty, identity, and self-discovery are very important themes in this book, as well as the importance of family!
“Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.” (Percy, Ch 1)
“If you're reading this because you think you might be [a half-blood], my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.” (Percy, Ch 1)
I accidently vaporize my pre-algerbra teacher
A 12 year old boy with dyslexia and ADHD who discovers that he is a demi-god, half human and half Greek god. Accused of stealing Zeus' main lightning bolt, his adventures take him to Camp Halfblood for 'hero training', LA to visit the Underworld, and the top of NYC's Empire State building (the obvious location for Mount Olympus). Through it all he makes friends and enemies, meeting humans, immortals, gods and monsters, learning new things about himself and his mysterious father along the way!
King of the immortals and God of humans, Zeus rules the sky with storms and darkness. Angered that someone has stolen his master bolt, he vows to start a war by the Solstice if it is not returned. One of the 'Big Three', he is a very powerful beiing and any of his children, whether god or demi-god, share a portion of this dominance. His major symbol is, of course, lightning, but he also has connections to the eagle and the oak tree. Since taking over control from his evil father, Kronos, none have dared to challenge his rule.
A veteran resident of Camp Halfblood, Annabeth is the daughter of a college professor and the goddess Athena, patronness of wisdom and war strategy. Like her mother, this grey-eyed girl is extremely intelligent and an amazing warrior. She teams up with Percy at first because she wants to tests her skills on a quest. However, their friendship is forged as they face challenge after challenge. While her estrangement from her human father makes her distant at first, Annabeth becomes an amazingly loyal companion to Percy, helping him in many ways.
Another one of the 'Big Three', this powerful brother of Zeus has dominion over the seas and the ability to create earthquakes and tidal waves on a whim. Known for his more relaxed attitude, he is still very offended when accused of taking part in the theft of the master bolt. If the missing item is not returned in time, he and Zeus will cause a war greater than this earth has ever seen. Symbolized by horses and dolphins since he created both, Posiedon shows quiet intelligence along with awesome power, weilding a three pronged trident in battle.
Originally introduced as Percy's 'crippled' friend from boarding school, we later learn that Grover is actually a satyr (half man/half goat) that was sent to watch over Percy as he came into his powers. Wanting to make up for a past mistake as a Keeper, Grover travels with Percy and Annabeth to find the missing bolt, showing bravery and loyalty in many situations. While he can only play one Hilary Duff song on his pipes, he shows a true satyr's spirit in his goal to earn the right to search for Pan, the lost woodland god.
A war is about to start between the powers of the heavens and those of the sea and our modern world is about to clash with the gods of Ancient Greece. Someone has stolen Zeus' master bolt and it is left to a group of pre-teen demi-gods to return and save the world. Can they do it in time? Or will they be stopped by all the monsters and creatures the Underworld can throw at them?
- Loved the way the author incorporated the mythology of an ancient culture with today's modern world- the description of the character of Ares was a favorite!
- It is very easy for today's young readers to get caught up in this book, since the author wrote it from their point of view- from the slang to the pop culture references, it all works!
(ratings by Glog creator)
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