The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Released Date: May 3, 2006
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Source: Borrowed (Thanks, MJ!)
After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson is finding his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any normal friends. But things don’t stay quiet for long.
Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders that protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia. Only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name: The Bermuda Triangle.
Together with his friends, Percy must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family, one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.
The Sea of Monsters is a fantastic sequel to the first book, The Lightning Thief. I was so excited to read this book because I devoured the first one.
The Sea of Monsters is beautifully written with delightful humor, stirring action and adventure. I am so glad to see character development. Percy is getting more and more likable. I just love his sarcasm and mirthful nature. Plus, his relationship with Annabeth has finally taken the first step. I’m pretty sure that’s step one. Slowly but surely.
There are tons of new characters thrown in. One of them is the gentle…giant… (Okay, I’m trying so hard not to spoil this one for you guys) Tyson, I thought he’s really interesting and he adds a flavor into Percy’s personality. I really enjoyed Tyson’s character.
However, I felt as if this book isn’t as exciting as the first one. I felt that way on a few parts of the story. Perhaps because The Lightning Thief started off in extremes of adventure and emotion that I ended up expecting too much from this one. And also maybe because Grover isn’t included in most of the scenes but I thought maybe that’s a way to get to know some of the new characters, like Tyson. But the plot had definitely made up for all of it!
Riordan never fails to make me laugh. Like in the first book, The Sea of Monsters is also packed with priceless funny moments and dialogues. I mean, where can you read a mighty looking centaur wearing a googly-eye glasses and doing head slam with one another? Only in Percy Jackson series! I almost died because of laughing!
Also, I’ve noticed that The Sea of Monsters contains more twists and surprises than the first book.
Overall, I love this book. This is a MUST-READ. I highly recommend this to those who devoured The Lightning Thief.