Sunday, June 29, 2014

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief (Book #1 of Percy Jackson and The Olympians)

Synopsis :

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.

I was deciding between Divergent Series or Percy Jackson Series right after I read Mockingjay and I finally decided on Percy Jackson Series instead as I have all the books in electronic format whereas for Divergent Series, I only have the first book Divergent and not Insurgent nor Allegiant.

Because I have watched the movies Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson and Sea of Monsters,  I thought I’ll start with book #3, The Titan’s Curse.  However, in the end, I thought I should start from the first book and I am glad I did.

The storyline in the book is quite similar from the movie but with changes made to adapt to screen time and other cinematic reasons to make the movie more interesting I guess.  All in all, it was a good decision and the book is able to connect the dots that sometimes movies are not able to do. I can’t really remember the movie as I watched it a few years back with the meeting with Madusa as my favourite scene and I am glad to recapture that in the book as well.  The meeting and fight between Luke and Percy towards the end was different too but in a good way as I like both the movie and the book.

So, if you have watched the two movies like me and decided not to go direct to the third book, I would advise you not to.  It is good to recapture the story from the beginning, the way the series is meant to do.

Next up, my review on Percy Jackson and Sea of Monsters.

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