After reading this, the only thing I can think is “meh.” The Lightning Thiefhas been on my to-read list for a while and I am glad that I finally got around to it… Just not as glad as I thought I would be. I don’t know, maybe I am just coming into this book too old to really enjoy it. I think if I had read it 5 – 10 years ago, it would have been an easy favorite.
I can’t really pinpoint why this book just didn’t do it for me the way I thought it would. It really does have a lot of things going for it. Enjoyable, solid characters. A really original plot. The depiction of Greek gods in modern times was well done; there were several details that weren’t really significant to the story but added a lot of legitimacy to the world and showed that Riordan knows his stuff.
For example, spiders have it out for Annabeth because she is a daughter of Athena and Athena is the one that turned the woman into a spider because she would weave better than the goddess. I thought that was a nice touch. In the same way, I liked that Hephaestus , the blacksmith god, is now a kind of engineer/robot-builder. And I had to lol that the entrance to the underworld is in LA.
The whole ADHD and dyslexic thing being because he is a son of a Greek god was kind of interesting. It was something that Riordan could not have included and would not have been missed but I liked it’s inclusion. It added a small weakness for our heroes that they had to work around. I suppose I am an evil villain deep down because I like seeing heroes in difficult situations, the more impossible the better. xD
I guess the writing was just a little childish for me. Which is appropriate as it is a children’s book, it just goes back to me being too old to have truly enjoyed it. I do have a feeling though that this is a series that will be get better as it goes, as Riordan hits his stride.