||The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan|
|review||Read this book! It is funny, has an ordinary hero on an epic quest, with endearing friends, exciting challenges and terrible monsters to overcome. The story is a very modernised version of Greek myths, with Gods, heroes, a little magic, gifts to help on the quest, obstacles, betrayals and terrible decisions.|
The story is narrated through Perseus, or Percy, a twelve year old with ADHD, a very wry sense of humour and a big heart. Some of his teachers turn out to be guardians and monsters in disguise, still containing recognisable traits they had as teachers. Other monsters respond well to a very human approach. The battles and disasters accidentally caused or faced by Percy, are satisfyingly large-scale, destructive and cataclysmic; his pitfalls are exaggerated modern dilemmas and his friends and helpers come in a variety of forms, as is appropriate for a hero's journey.
The writing is direct and the narrator's voice is a slightly confused and funny teenager's. The descriptions and modern take on the mythic Gods is really wonderful. I am just happy I only discovered the series now, so that I get to read all the books as fast as I can digest them.
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