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.
Ehm.. yea so the blurb above (gotten from goodreads) pretty much says it all. Also, it’s 2.00 AM and I’m being a lazy blogger.
The first thing I thought when I received the book in the mail was that I was disappointed that the book was so thin. I really enjoyed reading The Lightening Thief and I had hoped that the second instalment would be bigger than the first (à la Harry Potter). Nevertheless, despite it’s ‘thinness’ I really enjoyed reading The Sea of Monsters and I am now 100% certain I’m a PJO-fan. I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book.
Although I did enjoy reading the book a lot, my comment on the first book stands. As soon as I finished reading, I moved on. It’s not the kind of book that leaves you thinking or lingers for a while. But, I don’t think that every book needs that kind of impact. It’s just a book that you read for the enjoyment of it, not because of its intellectual significance.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s very cleverly written and I love the use of Mythology in the series. I loved that they made an actual connection with Odysseus and the Cyclops. Especially since I’m also reading the Starcrossed series which also uses Greek Mythology as a basis. It’s very interesting to compare the two. Let me tell you, thus far Percy wins.
As for the story, like I said, I enjoyed it really very much. I really love Tyson and his relationship with Percy. There were a couple of things that really stood out to me. The cab ride with the fates in the beginning of the book and the sirens. I’m really curious about what Percy would have seen if he had looked/listened. I also can’t wait to find out what Kronos’s endgame is and how that will all play out. Also, Thalia! I knew that that was going to happen as soon as he had that dream. (Ahh do you like it when I’m vague? Read the book!) There are all these beautiful set-ups and I can’t wait to see how they play out.
Riordan has a beautiful writing style that just keeps you reading. I meant to say this in the review of The Lightening Thief but I really enjoy the chapter titles. Some of them are really very clever and funny. We have gems such as “I Play Dodgeball with Cannibals’, ‘Demon Pigeon Attack’ and ‘Party Ponies Arrive’.
In conclusion: The Percy Jackson series has proven itself to be a very entertaining, funny and enticing series which you can’t stop reading. The target audience is obviously kids of around Percy’s age (around 13 years old) but this does not and will not ever stop me from reading and enjoying a book. I recommend this book if you can enjoy a very well written children’s book which educates you very adequately on Greek Mythology without you even knowing it. I rate this book a 4,5 out of 5.