Book Review: “The Sea of Monsters”

“The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)” by Rick Riordan

GoodreadsGenre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure

Other Percy Jackson Books/ Other Heroes of Olympus Books

Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

review

I’m pleased that the book doesn’t have too much of the second story syndrome. Yes, we have another prophecy and quest to save the day but that’s kind of the point of this series. I felt like the quest of this book was different enough that I didn’t feel like I was reading a re-run.

I like that we get to see Percy having flaws within this book. He acts like a normal kid for the whole Tyson situation. He tries to get away from him because he doesn’t want to be labeled as a weirdo like Tyson but when he can’t avoid it, Percy just sucks it up the best he can. Once it’s revealed that the two are brothers, Percy gets a bit more angry at the situation (despite the happiness that it brings Tyson). You can understand Percy’s frustrations.

I think the anger definitely makes him seem like a real teenager. I think it’s great to see our hero acting like a brat. One, it shows you don’t have to be perfect to be considered a ‘hero’. Two, it gives him room to grow. Thankfully Percy does mature and realize that his dad wasn’t intentionally trying to be mean or hurtful. Percy realized that the problem was with him not with Poseidon or Tyson.

The bottom line? An enjoyable second installment of the series.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: “The Sea of Monsters”

  1. One more review I am totally agree with.
    I like how this story is same and the same time not the same book to book.
    We have again Kronos and saving the whole world thing, but this time it is shown as a family thing. I felt really sorry about Hermes, Luke and Tyson. Especially about Luke. Dunno, I just can’t do anything about it. Doesn’t matter what choices he makes I can’t stop thinking about reason for such desperate decisions and he still appears to me as a good guy, just a very lost one. I don’t think there gonna be any happy ending for him and this makes me feel more sorry ((
    Have you noticed that Thalia has different eye colors in first and second books? There she has stormy blue eyes and there green!
    I felt so perplexed, but than I searched the first volume and felt better, when I saw it is not me being sclerotic, haha xD
    And I wish Percy were more thankful about his unexpected present. Tyson didn’t stop working on it the whole time doesn’t matter what and all he gets back “uh… thanks, big guy…”. I mean, I didn’t expect him hugging Tyson tight and kissing him all over, but his monologue to himself could be a little more emotional.

    I also loved comic side of the story. It all was at the right places and made me lolling like never before =)))

    i can only recommend this book to everyone who liked first volume!

    • I didn’t notice that about Thalia’s eyes. Good catch!

      I wish Percy were more thankful as well but I guess it’s an age thing? Teenage boys aren’t really in touch with feelings (unless their moms are telling them what to say).

      • haha, that’s a really good point about moms =)))
        Yeah, sure, but anyway I wish this moment were expressed better. Because Tyson is sooooooooooooo adorably cute <3

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