The Lightning Thief
The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Allegory

NamesDo 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...

Setting

From New York to Los Angeles, CA, and all the stops along the wayAre you ready to travel around America, following Percy on his quest? This story takes place everywhere: in the sky, in the sea, und...

POV/Narrative Voice

First Person (Central) NarratorStraight 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...

Genre

Children's Literature; Coming of Age; Adventure; Quest; Folklore, Legend, Mythology; FantasySo many genres! It's like a genre burrito supreme. The School Library Journal calls this book, "an advent...

Tone

Funny, Sarcastic, Matter-of-Fact, Witty, Ironic, AmbidextrousIf 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...

Style

Sharp, Speedy, Colorful, DetailedPercy 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...

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

(2) Sea LevelEasy 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....

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