Hello, guys, gals, and nonbinary pals and welcome to to Arin rambles about Percy Jackson but this time she attempts to do it in an organized manner.
Summary of The Lightning Thief from Goodreads:
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
This review may contain slight and minor spoilers.
“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
I kind of feel like this is like, the middle grade series that defined my life and the thought that I am actually going to try and tamely review it is blowing my mind. Like, middle school Arin who binge read the first three books in a weekend would not have expected this in the slightest. Anyways, I guess I will like, attempt to actually organize these feelings I have been having for like, eight years. Wow.
If you didn’t know, this series is about the son of Poseidon, Percy Jackson. Percy has to face this great prophecy that he can’t find anything about until the last book because like, rules. Leading up to this prophetic destiny, he has to go on several quests to rescue people like his mom and both of his best friends, and like, really old dudes in mazes. I feel like by now we should know that I suck majorly at summaries, but I also feel like most people know what these books are about lol.
Anyways, I love the plot of these books. I will admit, they are very repetitive and fall back upon similar tropes and things. I acknowledge that that is not everyone’s thing and they may find themselves not enjoying these books as much because of that, but I find I enjoy it. I also feel like most middle grade books are very repetitive because to some extent, kids like that and I also feel like some people forget that Riordan books are indeed middle grade because of how popular they are mainstream.
Oh boy, oh boy, here we go.
Percy – I have so many feelings about this fictional character it is ridiculous. Throughout this series we see him grow and become more confident and a true leader and it just melts my heart. I love one (1) son of the sea god.
Annabeth – Ugh, we stan an icon. Annabeth is just like, so iconic. She is so assured of herself and her intelligence and it honestly meant so much to me to read about her as a child and I feel like I wasn’t the only one.
Grover – You know how Grover just like randomly passes out? Me too. But really, watching him progress from someone who feels like they can’t do anything right to seeing him accomplish his dream and even more on top of that is really special and I love it.
Nico – I feel like I don’t have as many feelings or emotional attachment to Nico as everyone else does, but I still feel kind of sorry for him. Like, he lost everything and then wasn’t really accepted on top of that so he hangs out with the dead and wow, ugh, someone just give this kid a hug.
Thalia – The character growth that Thalia goes through solely within The Titan’s Curse makes me emotional and earned her a place on this list even though I don’t really have anything else to say about her.
Sally – I have an unnecessary amount of emotions concerning Sally Jackson just because, hi, my name is Arin and I get unnecessarily attached to parental figures. But really, Sally has been through a lot personally and on top of that she raised a strong son who is respectful to those who deserve it and who treats people well and ugh, I have emotions.
Paul – Paul made this list solely because he finally provided Percy with a good, nonabusive fatherly figure who actually cares about him and unsurprisingly, that makes me emo.
There are so many more characters I could talk about but we have to leave it here for timings sake.
Without further ado, here is my completely scientifically sound ranking of all of the books in this series.
#1: The Battle of the Labyrinth – this book is amazing, Annabeth finally gets to lead a quest, there is some minor percabeth content, Percy blows up a mountain. What else is there to want?
#2: The Last Olympian – Hestia is in this one a lot, what an icon. Also, like, the prophecy is revealed and wrapped up and there is that one scene where Sally is fighting like the badass she is, beautiful.
#3: The Lightning Thief – Percy and Annabeth start their friendship in this book and it is wonderful and wholesome and A+ content.
#4: The Titan’s Curse – This is a severe lack of Annabeth in this book, -10 points for that.
#5: The Sea of Monsters – I don’t know what I “have against” this book but like, I have never really enjoyed it or anything and I don’t know why.
“People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can’t be fixed.”
“It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.”
“Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.”
“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”
“The world was collapsing, and the only thing that really mattered to me was that she was alive.”
Overall, this series is amazing five star content and I need everyone who hasn’t read it to do so. Do it for Annabeth.