28187The Lightening Thief is the first in the Percy Jackson series written by Rick Riordan.  Read by July 10th 2010.

A wonderful coming of age story about a young boy named Percy Jackson who turns out to be the son of Poseidon.

The gods exist, and Zeus is really p.o’d because his lightening bolt has gone missing. And due to a ban on the three brother gods to not have any more children after WWII and the law that no god can take what belongs to another, naturally Zeus assumes his brother Poseidon had one of his demigod children take the bolt in an attempted power play.

So young Percy Jackson is hounded by gods and monsters before he even knows who he is. That was quite the wake up as you can well imagine. But aided by his trusty friend Grover (who was WAY more awesome in the movie) and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, Percy is off to find the bolt, return it to Olympus, and clear his name. Fun times.

Wonderfully paced, the story doesn’t run so fast that you miss out on anything, nor are you bored. The writer did fantastic research for this novel, he was even able to tie the three ages of the Olympians into the story.

My favorite part though was the idea that Olympus moves around in sync with the center of western civilization. Greece was once the center, it is where western civilization was born. But now the United States and Canada are considered the center, so Olympus has moved here, and the gods with it. Fascinating idea, it makes the story uniquely Riordan’s.

And aside from Grover, the book is 10x better than the movie.