Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters Book Review

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Published: April 1, 2006
Synopsis: In this second book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Percy has spent an uneventful year at his new boarding school. Now knowing that he is a demi-god, a normal school year without monsters trying to kill him is surprising. However, that all comes to an end on his final day with giants attack him and his Cyclops half-brother, Tyson. From there, Percy and Tyson are joined by Annabeth on a quest to save Camp Half-Blood.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Another fun action-packed adventure from the Percy Jackson series. Again, like the Lightning Thief, I really enjoyed this book. It was a great quick read filled with action sequences, humor, and awesome magical sea horses.
What I really liked about this book that made it different from the first book was backstory building. We got to learn a lot more about when Annabeth, Luke, Grover, and Thalia first made it to Camp Half-Blood. I'm a bit of a stickler for world building and character backstories so I really enjoyed the chance to learn more about the other major characters of the series. It always gives the story more depth when we get to know and understand all of the characters rather than just the main protagonist - this is especially true of books written in first person.
In the book, Percy essentially follows in Odysseus' footsteps and travels through the Sea of Monsters to find the Golden Fleece. Granted, Odysseus was trying to get home and was not searching for the Fleece or trying to save his best friend from marrying a mostly-blind Cyclops. Percy's journey became rather predictable for anyone familiar with the Odyssey: he fights Charybidis and Scylla, encounters Circe, the sirens, and Polyphemus.  However, even though with its predictableness, The Sea of Monsters was definitely an enjoyable read and I can't wait to continue with the series.

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