Title: The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: April 1, 2006
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
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
First of all, I was SO glad to see that the chapter titles in The Sea of Monsters were just as amusing as the chapter titles in The Lightning Thief! The book could have been crap and I still would have skim read just to get to see all the chapter titles play out.
The same sentiment goes for pretty much everything else in the book. It’s not often that a sequel handles things better than the first book – especially when both books have the same premise: world’s in danger > magical object could save everything > quest to retrieve magical object – but that was totally the case here. When I read the description for this book I expected to feel some redundancy or, at the very least, a sense of deja vu while I read. It may have been the same general plot but Sea of Monsters put a completely different spin on it and made it fresh.
The plot is super well done but, just like the first book, the characters were hands down my favorite part. Familiar characters, especially Clarisse, became even more rounded and fleshed out in this book. It wasn’t quiteeeeee enough for me to like her but it was nice to learn more. Tyson, a new character introduced in The Sea of Monsters, was one of the highlights of the book and I hope there’s more of him to come.
It’s pretty hard to beat Greek mythology + hilarious dialogue + amazing characters. I hope the next book is as solid as the first two!