Percy Jackson is a normal kid. He has the same problems as everybody else: teacher issues, learning difficulties and knowing the school bully. But when his least favorite teacher turns into a monster and attacks him on a school trip the life he used to know changes drastically.
Percy Jackson finds out that he isn’t as normal as he thought. For his own safety he is brought to a camp where he finds out that he’s the son of a Greek God. After getting training lessons and learning the Greek mythology he is sent out to find the stolen lightning bolt of Zeus. Luckily, he has his friends to help him in sticky situations. The smart daughter of Athena, Annabeth and his best friend Grover who is a Satyr.
On their search they face servants of Hades, enemies of the gods and have to prevent being caught by the police, who want to return Percy to his awful stepfather.
Before I started to read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief I had already seen the movie of this book. I couldn’t help comparing them to each other. They are both good.
I really like the book, it contains more adventures, suspension and jokes than the movie, but it is normal that a movie can’t show us everything from the book. In the first chapters of the novel I was a bit irritated by how dry Percy always was but further on, his humor gets better. Percy from the book is less aggressive than the Percy from the movie. Annabeth is more than a supporter of Percy. She has her own problems with her dad and his new wife. Just as Grover is more than a supporter, he has his own personal goals to reach.
What I also like is how the Gods appear in the book and the movie. In the book: on earth and on Olympus they are dressed according to their character. For example: Ares the god of war is a tough and violent biker dressed in black leather. In the movie: on earth the gods are dressed like normal civilans and in Olympus they look like gods.
Both the movie and the book aren’t just modern versions of the old myth of Percy Jackson. They’re also funny and it tells about a strong friendship that lasts through hard times. After comparing the two I have to say that I like the book more because the storyline is broader than the movie’s. This book deserves 4 stars