Book: The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Standing: Book 2
POV: 1st person by Percy, past tense
Setting: Sea of Monsters, aka Bermuda Triangle (present day)
Genre: Children's fantasy, mythology
Source: Physical copy
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release: April 1st, 2006
Rating: 5 Stars
|The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.|
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An excellent followup to the first book!
Percy Jackson has almost made it through one entire school year without anything blowing up on him--almost. Retreating to Camp Half-blood, the only place safe for half bloods like Percy, Percy finds that the wards that protect the camp from monsters have been dissolved. The camp's only hope in restoring the wards is to save Thalia's tree, the source of their wards, by finding the Golden Fleece, which is rumoured to have incredible healing powers. But nothing is ever as easy, especially with the titan Kronos on the rise...
This book introduces us to more of Percy's powers. As they venture into the Sea of Monsters, Percy is ultimately in his own home turf, completely surrounded by water. As the son of the Sea God, we get to see new powers as well as to what extent his original powers go to (it's pretty amazing). We're also introduced to the idea of fatal flaws by Annabeth, of how every hero has one, which leaves readers guessing what Percy's flaw is.
Annabeth brings new insight on the looming prophecy as well as new knowledge on what it's like to be a hero. Her fatal flaw, hubris (pride--in Annabeth's case, thinking that you could do a better job than the ones before), is revealed, letting readers sympathize with her, even wondering themselves whether they have hubris. Annabeth also sheds new light on Thalia, the half blood who sacrificed her life to protect all the other half bloods, and as we find out at the end of the novel, becomes important information.
We get a new addition to the team in this book: Tyson. As big and scary as he made seem, he's a big softy on the inside, and brought an air of innocence to the book. We get to see him struggle with being treated terribly for his nature, and Percy struggling to come to terms with Tyson and how to help him. Their bromance was definitely a great one, as they're both alone and really need another sibling figure in their lives.
This book focuses a little more on family, not just between Percy and Tyson, but also in an attempt to save Luke. We get to see what it's like to resent a godly parent for ignoring their children, as well as what how pained gods are when forced to ignore some of their children. It can be hard to see the other person's point of view, but you sometimes need to trust that they have a good reason...
"My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on family, no matter how tempting they make it. It doesn't matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don't appreciate your genius..."