First Percy Jackson and the Olympians book
Finished: Jan. 11, 2008
Reason for Reading: 1st in a series challenge
First Published: 2005
Genre: children, YA fantasy
Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood.
Comments: After Percy Jackson is attacked by a monster he finds out that he is a demigod. His mother takes him to the summer camp where others like him are trained. It is here he finds out which god is his father and he is given his first quest, to retrieve the stolen lightning bolt of Zeus from Hades in the Underworld.
This book was so much fun. A fast-paced read from beginning to end. As a fan of Greek myths I loved how the author did not tell who each monster or god was right away, giving the reader a chance to figure it out themselves. There were so many familiar myths represented here but there were also a few that were new to me as well. The characters were real and likable and I found myself comparing this to Harry Potter. Not so much in the plot (though there are some similarities) but mostly in the friendship of the three main characters, who are school mates and the dynamics between them. I can't wait to read the next book in this series and highly recommend.