SPOILER: Percy Jackson didn’t steal the lightning bolt…technically.

Hello all and welcome to the beginning of TBAC (The Booking Awesome Crusades)! Sorry with the late start, but I swear it’s better late than never!

Let’s dive right in. First book/movie combo on the list: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I have to say that this entire series (there are 5 books in total) has to be one of my favorites. I had a discussion with my friend about this, and I literally put it second right behind Harry Potter (considering I’m a huge Potterhead, this means a lot). The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series is mainly about a boy by the name of Percy Jackson who discovers that the gods from Greek myths are real and that western civilization’s constant change allows them to live on Mt. Olympus, positioned above the Empire State Building. He also discovers that he is a demigod, more specifically a son of the god Poseidon. Being a son of one of the “Big Three” (Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon) proves to be quite a challenge in more ways than one. Throughout the entire series many unfortunate things happen to Percy and his two best friends Annabeth (daughter of Athena) and Grover (a satyr). But for now we are talking about the first installment in the five-part series: The Lightning Thief.

The Lightning Thief starts out with a warning from our protagonist: if any of this has happened to you, close this book immediately. Sounds pretty intriguing, right? Immediately Riordan introduces this world where Greek gods exist as something that is tangible and believable. I knew once I read that first paragraph that I would love these books. Oh wait, that’s false. I knew when I read the title of the first chapter that I was hooked: I Accidentally Vaporize my Pre-Algebra Teacher.

Throughout the book Percy meets different demigods that make marks in his life throughout the rest of series, some of them being: Annabeth Chase (daughter of Athena), Grover Underwood (satyr), Clarisse LaRue (daughter of Ares), Luke Castellan (son of Hermes), Chiron (centaur), Dionysus (Mr. D; god of wine), and many others. The characters are all lovable in their own way, whether it be through their bad attitudes, charm, or genuine good qualities. I have to admit I saw Harry, Ron, and Hermione in Percy, Grover, and Annabeth. Percy is the unlucky protagonist who manages to come out on top no matter what the case. Grover is the comic relief character, but also a great friend to Percy. Annabeth is smart (I mean come on, daughter of the goddess of wisdom) and always keeps the boys in line. I think seeing these elements in the series’ main characters really helped me ease into their world because it felt like something familiar.

I will let you read the book instead of outlining the plot, but let me just say that it is awesome. If you like imagining gods looking like Mick Jagger and thinking of an awesome camp for demigods, then this is the book for you. Love Greek mythology? Then why haven’t you read it yet?! How does the movie stand up to it? Well, that is really the question, now isn’t it? So stay tuned for the movie review in the next day or two. Things will get crazy.

 

Until then, DFTBA!

-Riley

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