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The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Allegory

Do you remember when Percy first arrives at Camp Half-Blood, and he tells everyone that he doesn't believe in the Greek gods? He mentions gods' names as if they were just names in a phone book. Mr....

Setting

Are you ready to travel around America, following Percy on his quest? This story takes place everywhere: in the sky, in the sea, underground, and all across America. It takes place in the present,...

POV/Narrative Voice

Straight from the horse's mouth. But Chiron isn't our narrator – Percy Jackson is. Percy tells us the story of his sixth-grade year and the summer that follows that year. He wastes no time wa...

Genre

So many genres! It's like a genre burrito supreme. The School Library Journal calls this book, "an adventure quest with a hip edge." Describing Percy's story as action-packed would be an understate...

Tone

If you take a good, hard look at the Table of Contents of this novel, you will immediately begin hear and understand Percy's voice. With chapter titles like, "I Become Supreme Lord of the Bathroom,...

Style

Percy is a natural-born storyteller. His goal is to tell his story and to tell it well. He wants us readers to be able to understand and imagine everything exactly as he sees it. As a result, he gi...

What's Up With the Title?

Pretty simple, right? The title refers to someone who has stolen lightning, and that person is… Oh wait, now it gets complicated. While our protagonist, Percy, does show up in the Underworld...

What's Up With the Ending?

Boy oh boy, we didn't see that coming. And by "that," we mean Luke. Just when Percy completes his quest and returns to a life of bliss at Camp Half-Blood, things go horribly wrong. Luke lures Percy...

Tough-o-Meter

Easy breezy and about as delicious as ambrosia. Our narrator, Percy, makes this a really fun ride. He's a twelve year-old armed with a great sense of humor, and he notices everything. Everything. T...

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