February 15, 2024

REVIEW The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: June 28, 2005
Format: Audiobook
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

With the recent release of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV show, I was inspired to go back and read The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (aka the book that started it all) for the first time in years and for the first time in audiobook format. It felt like coming home and seeing an old friend after years of being apart. I still think it’s a great book for readers of all ages, as anyone can find something they can relate to in this book. For me personally, I’ve always connected with the fresh takes on Greek mythology stories and figures, the humor (Seaweed Brain at his finest), and with the authentic relatability (even for a novel that is heavily based in fantasy). It’s also interesting for me to come back to this book as an adult, because when I initially read it for the first time as a child I hadn’t actually been diagnosed with ADHD yet but I knew I connected with Percy’s experience and feeling like his brain was broken so much. 

Overall, I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone but I highly recommend it (one of my favorite series of all time). Narrator Jesse Bernstein did a great job bringing the perspective of Percy and the other characters to life with his performance in the audiobook. I look forward to re-reading all of the other books in the series (and the larger Percy Jackson and the Olympians universe) as soon as I am able. 

About the Author

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase series and the Trials of Apollo. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today, over one hundred million copies of his books are in print in the United States alone, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.

Check out my other reviews of books by Rick Riordan


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