The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan
Publication: April 1st, 2006
Genre: YA Fantasy
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 result 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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The Sea of Monsters starts a year later from The Lightning Thief and it begins with the last day of the school year for Percy. So far he has not been kicked out of his new prep-school and no incoming monsters have bothered him. But, never say never for a demi-god. For Percy, even a dodgeball game can turn deadly and bam you wind up on the news as a fugitive…again. But what makes this day even stranger is Percy had a nightmare about Grover in a wedding dress with a cyclops. So, he knows Grover is in trouble. He has a friend at this new school named Tyson who helped save him from the monsters of the game. And when things go horribly wrong and Annabeth shows up with news about Talia’s tree being sick Percy knows he is in for a wild summer again. Plus Luke & Krono’s army is gathering forces and it’s not looking too good for Camp Half-Blood. But things never come easy for Percy and the gang. It’s their idea to rescue Grover and get the golden fleece at the same time but they aren’t given a quest. So, what is a demi-god to do? Go any way of course.
Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are a year older now in this book. Well, Percy is at least. He is thirteen now which means he is three years away from reaching the Great Prophecy. Which he still doesn’t know about. My trio goes through growth in each book so I won’t write it in every review from now on. But they were even funnier, stronger, wittier, and we got JEALOUS Percy over Annabeth so that was beautiful. So, I will discuss new characters. In this book, we meet Tyson. A young Cyclops who happens to be Percy’s brother. He is silly but so sweet. He cares about his loved ones so much and even the ones who have some animosity towards him (Annabeth lol). He won’t give up on them easily and I love my son so much.
The Sea of Monsters is just as exciting as book one. For me, each got infinitely better than the last. Which is saying a lot since each book is amazing. I appreciated this book because it was the only one in which Percy and the gang did not receive an active prophecy that he heard. So, it’s a hell of a lot of fun because they are breaking the rules and Riordan did that so well. His writing is so fun and dynamic. Even though it is a YA or middle-grade Riordan still has a finesse to his writing.
“I’d make up your mind in the next five minutes, if I were you,” Hermes advised. “That’s when the harpies will come to eat you. Now, goodnight, cousin, and dare I say it? May the gods go with you.”
I’d imagined meeting Luke again many times since he’d tried to kill me last summer. I’d pictured myself boldly standing up to him, challenging him to a duel. But now that we were face-to-face, I could barely stop my hands from shaking.
Typical of the gods, wouldn’t you say? They fight with one another and the poor humans get caught in the middle.
“The gods are so using you, Percy. Do you have any idea what’s in store for you if you reach your sixteenth birthday? Has Chiron even told you the prophecy?
But whenever Annabeth talked about the time she’d spent with them, I kind of felt…I don’t know. Uncomfortable? No. That’s not the word. The word was jealous.
“…That’s the real reason Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades swore a pact after World War II not to have any more kids. The next child of the Big Three who reaches sixteen will be a dangerous weapon.” “Why?” “Because that hero will decide the fate of Olympus. He or she will make a decision that either saves the Age of the Gods, or destroys it.”
Luke gritted his teeth. “You know that! Why do you keep asking me?” “Because I want everybody in the audience to hear you.” “What audience?”
But you, Percy—you are part god, part human. You live in both worlds. You can be harmed by both, and you can affect both. That’s what makes heroes so special. You carry the hope of humanity into the realm of the eternal.
Nobody gave Annabeth or me a second look. It was as if we’d never left. In a way, I guess that was the best thank you anyone could give us, because if they admitted we’d snuck out of camp to do the quest, they’d have to expel us. And really, I didn’t want any more attention. It felt good to be just one of the campers for once.
“…Whether you feel like you succeeded or not, you reminded Luke who he was. You spoke to him.” “I tried to kill him.” Hermes shrugged. “Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related, for better or worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”
“…We owe our lives to Tyson, Percy’s…” “Brother!” I said, loud enough for everybody to hear. “Tyson, my baby brother.” Tyson blushed. The crowd cheered. Annabeth planted a kiss on my cheek. The roaring got a lot louder after that.