The Lightning Thief

By Rick Riordan

What is The Lightning Thief?

The Lightning Thief  is the first novel in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, which charts the adventures of modern-day twelve-year-old Percy Jackson as he discovers he is a demigod, the son of Sally Jackson and the Greek god Poseidon. Percy and his friends Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood go on a quest to prevent a war between the gods Zeus, Poseidon and Hades.

Genre: Fiction

Subgenre:  Greek Mytholgy


Characters in Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief are Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Grover Underwood, Chiron, Sally Jackson, Gabe Ugliano, Poseidon, Zeus, and Hades are only a few characters in the book.   

Description of Main Characters:

Percy Jackson

Perseus "Percy" Jackson is the main protagonist and the narrator of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series as well as one of the main characters in the Heroes of Olympus series. He is a Greek demigod son of Poseidon, and Sally Jackson is his mother. He is currently in a relationship with Annabeth Chase.

Annabeth Chase

Annabeth Chase is the daughter of Athena the goddess of wisdom, battle, and handicrafts. Fredrick Chase is Annabeth's Father Athena helped Fredrick with his studies at Harvard. As a gift she sent Fredrick Athena. Athena was considered a brain-child. She is also one of the main protagonists in the book. Annabeth, Percy, and Grover go on a quest to save Percy's mom and to prevent a war between the gods.

Grover Underwood

Grover Underwood is a satry and the Lord of the Wild. He is the satyr who found the demigods Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase. He helps he two demigods on their quest


I believe that we all can connect Percy Jackson to are lives because it is about going above and beyond above the average expected by yourself and others. Percy Jackson fights to save the world he knows and protects his friends and family members at all costs, even if it means going against someone who was once a friend.(foreshadowing)


Maybe you a Demigod?

But if you recognize yourself in these pages—if you feel something stirring inside—stop reading immediately. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you."

Grover did not want to reveal Percy's secret identity to him so he just asks as if he did not know her . this is also a quote of Percy's past memory.

I asked Grover where Mrs. Dobbs (monster wanting to kill Percy) was.
He said, "Who?"
But he paused first, and he wouldn't look at me, so I thought he was messing with me


Setting in the book are New York, Yancy Academy, Sally's Apartment in Queens, Montauk Beach, Camp Half-Blood, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, The Underworld, and Mount Olympus.


Man vs. Man= Percy challenges Ares (the god of war) to a duel Ares won, he would turn Percy into anything he wanted, and get the Master Bolt; if Percy won, then he got both the bolt and the helm and Ares had to leave. Eventually Percy won the duel when he stabbed Ares in the heel; Ares tried to attack Percy again in a fit of rage, but Kronos prevented him. Before Ares departed, he warned Percy that he made a terrible mistake by making the God of War his enemy. He then curses Percy that his weapon would fail him when he needed it most, before leaving.

Man vs. Society= In this story there are plenty of monsters that attack Percy because he is a Demigod. Monsters are attracted to Demigods. All demigods have a certain scent that attracts monsters. The more important or powerful your godly parent is, the stronger your scent is. If you were a child of Aphrodite (the goddess of love) or Demeter (the goddess of harvest) you could survive with the basic training because monsters would hardly ever go after you. if you were the offspring of a powerful god Or in Percy's case, one of the big three (Poseidon, Zeus, Hades) monsters would stop at nothing to kill you.

Man vs Self= In the story Percy is struggling with himself emotional, mentally, and psychologically mostly throughout the entire book because he has a deadline to retrieve his mother. Also he has had weird dreams and visions about his mother on his quest to retrieve her.



Zeus's Master Bolt= Zeus's master bolt is "the symbol of his power, from which all other lightning bolts are patterned," and is very much like a weapon of mass destruction . Its disappearance causes the main conflict of this story. Every god has a symbol of power, something that represents their unique gifts and abilities.

The Sword Riptide= Percy goes on a quest to find Zeus's master lightning bolt, and as a tradition, when a god's child goes on a quest, the parent gives the son a gift. Poseidon gives Percy a gift. The gift is a sword called Riptide. Riptide is originally a blue pen, but when Percy opens it, it turns into a sword. This sword also can never get lost because it has the magical powers to come back to it's owners. Percy uses Riptide multiple times when he kills monsters on his quest.


Percy discovers that something is wrong with him. Or rather, something is right with him. He learns that he is a half-blood: half-human, half-god. He is taken to Camp Half-Blood in New York, a camp for kids just like him that is safe from monsters that like to attack half-bloods. At camp, Percy learns more information about himself: his father is Poseidon, god of the Sea and brother to Zeus and Hades. When Zeus's master bolt (the thing that allows him to create lightning whenever he wants) is stolen, Poseidon is blamed for the theft. Zeus tells Poseidon that the master bolt must be returned to Mount Olympus by the summer solstice, or else he will declare war on Poseidon. Poseidon is miffed that his brother Zeus would even accuse him of such a thing. Percy sets out on a quest to retrieve Zeus's master bolt, which is believed to be in Hades's captivity in the Underworld.


The mood of the book was suspenseful, adventurous, and thrilling.  

Why I liked It?

I liked this book The Lightning Thief because I am really interested in Greek Mythology.

Why should you get the Lightning Thief?

You should purchase The Lightning thief because it is an action-packed book based on Greek Mythology I believe a great young adult novel.


The Lightning Thief is all about identity and about discovering identity. At the beginning of our narrator's tale, Percy Jackson doesn't yet know who his father is or that he has any special powers of any kind. He thinks of himself as a "bad kid," one who always gets into trouble. Over the course of the story, however, he learns things about himself that he never thought possible. What he thought were weaknesses (his dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and knack for attracting trouble) turn out to be the markers of a demi-god, and a particularly powerful one at that.

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Las Vegas

Foreshadowing is used through the Oracle, Percy's mysterious dreams, and the uneasy intuition feeling that he has in his gut. Also Luke and Percy are in Hermes Cabin Luke talks about how he doesn't like the gods. Percy see's him looking bitter and angry.

During their quest Percy, Grover, and Annabeth go to a casino in Las Vegas in search for something vital in their quest to retrieve the Lighting bolt and the mother of Percy

New York

Percy and his Mom used to live in New York.

Camp Half-Blood

Percy, grover, and Annabeth spend alot of time here at Camp Half-Blood to train for there quest.  

Wordle Describing Percy Jackson

Trailer of Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief the movie

Rick Riordan speaks about the Percy Jackson Series

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3 years ago

Yes I enjoyed this book. I would love to read it :)

3 years ago

I enjoyed you presentation. My favorite part was the conflicts and I do want to read the book.

3 years ago

I enjoyed your Tackk. Your presentation is very thorough and detailed.

3 years ago

Yes i did enjoy your tackk, and yes I would like to read the book

3 years ago

I did enjoy your tackk and I already read the book. it is really good

3 years ago

I have read the book. Your presentation was very good. My favorite part is the descriptions.

3 years ago

Yes i did like it. I am a Percy Jackson fan. I thought that you forgot about Percy's problem and how he had the power to translate but you got it>

3 years ago

Yes I did it was really descriptive. I didn't really have a favorite a favorite part. No I don't think I will read the book be cause I'm not really into books like this.

3 years ago

Yes I did enjoy this presentation my favorite part was when Percy's mom had to marry the stinky guy just to keep him safe, that was very brave of her

3 years ago

Very descriptive. I would like to read the book.