I had previously been introduced to Camp Half-blood when I read The Lost Hero, and I found the two books similar in tone and pace. The action in The Lightning Thief never really stops, which made it difficult to put down. In fact, I may have finished the book in a single day. It was a couple of weeks ago, so now I can't remember. Anyway, it was entertaining.
But, I must add a caveat: entertaining it is, high literature it is not. When I started writing this post, I couldn't put my finger on what exactly I found lacking in this book. I knew it had to do with the characterization, but what was it? I considered the fact that it's written in first person, so that the reader doesn't get the same level of intimacy with secondary characters as in The Lost Hero. But now, I see that it's because the three main characters--Percy, Annabeth, and Grover--are cliche. Percy is troubled, but has a heart of gold. Grover is trying to overcome his past failures. And Annabeth is the kind of strong-willed female that teenage girls are supposed to idolize.
After reading the first book of each of Rick Riordan's Greek series, I can see the formula: likeable, heroic male protagonist + attractive, female love interest + goofy, male side-kick = $$$.
That being said, I plan on reading both series. Where else am I going to get my Greek mythology fix?
But please, Riordan, give us a book where the girl is the hero / kills the big baddie / saves the world. We're getting tired of being the stregth behind the man / the prize / super-helpful and appreciated teammates.
Copy source: library
Genre: young adult fantasy
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