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Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found herePercy Jackson is a good kid, but he can t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse Percy could have sworn his pre algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him When Percy s mom finds out, she knows it s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he ll be safe She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods on Long Island , where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld located in a recording studio in Hollywood and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. EDIT 09 06 2013 That s it I have had my fill of too many stupid, brain cell destroying comments posted on this review in the past few months asking me to write a best selling book before attempting to take apart Rick Riordan s writing As if the exclusive privilege of negatively criticizing a book is accorded only to published writers and not ordinary reviewers readers I do have the right to record my feelings about a book in my review And it s such a shame that I am actually being forced to put up this edit to make people aware of this fact If this review hurts your sentiments as a fan, I am sorry I can t help you there You must grow up and learn to let dichotomous opinions co exist in harmony on the same page That is all Caution Brutal honesty ahead Read at the expense of having to respect someone else s views What a feeble attempt at recreating the Harry Potter magic Aside from being highly unoriginal and unimaginative, the book grates on your nerves due to the frequency of Percy s lame attempts at sounding witty Seriously, I m supposed to laugh at his observations on the Bull Man and barnyard animals Not only did the writer not bother racking his brains to come up with a plot or a proper story, choosing instead to recycle key elements of the Harry Potter series, but he also ignored important aspects of a fantasy novel, one of which is the language To call the narration just bad will be an understatement Same can be said about the dialogue and the way the plot progresses it s one cliched event unfolding after another The only novel thing about this book is the seamless integration of Greek mythology into a fantasy based set up The 1 star is for that And so I d like to put a premature end to my review because I just realized the futility of writing one of a book I hated. I m slightly ashamed to say that I watched the movie before I read the book But I m even ashamed that I watched the movie only to experience the hotness that is Logan Lerman.But, come on Someone tell me that this , is not hot Really What did I tell you I do imagine that you probably won t read the rest of the review anf just stare at this gif instead, but that s no reason not to like my review D But, I really have to thank Logan I really do Because without his unfreakingbelieveable hotness, I wouldn t have watched the movie, and I would ve never read the awesomeness of The Lightning Thief Yes, I loved the book I ve always taken an interest in Greek Mythology and I thought Rick Riordan s take on it was very unique, and unlike anything I ve read before I absolutely loved Camp Halfblood Well, it sure seemed better than the budget summer camps I ve been to RR seriously out did himself with writing the camp I could imagine everything vividly and I like to think that I know the camp from back to front The cabins would have to be my favourite feature of the camp, though If only they were like that in the camps I ve been to Percy What can I say The guy has amazing underwater powers, is kick ass and is a demigod He s super loyal to his friends and family, is brave and has the looks this is the part when you look at the gif of Logan Lerman again D And he can make me laugh Come on You have to give a guy who make you laugh some credit In short, the guy s the full package Another thing I loved were the other characters Especially Annabeth, who looks like Cinderella in Percy s words am I right I don t have the book on me, sorry Stupid library fines And I m expecting something to develop between her and Percy, if you know what I mean.So, yeah I loved the book, it was exciting, fast paced and humorous Just one thing though, I m kind of pissed that they didn t have cabins in the movie Or Clarisse Or the Oracle Though it s hardly RR s fault I just had to get it out there. A WritingA PlotA CharactersA MONSTERSI thoroughly enjoyed this book I wish I hadn t watched the movie before reading it, because I felt like that ruined a bit of enjoyment of this book for me, but for the most part I had such a fun time reading this book and I m looking forward to continuing on with the series. I need