The sea of Monsters
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)
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.
Previous books in series:
First things first! I love how this book recapped the previous one. I have read too many books that go in for the overkill which is just a run-through of the previous book right there on the first or second page. And though I get the need for a recap, it’s very annoying when it happens like this, especially after you’ve just read the previous book only moments/hours before. But here in Sea of monsters we have none of these problems. Things are explained when they arise, there’s a bit of hinting here and a bit of hinting there, but never that over the top “let’s say everything what previously happened in these first few pages”. This was just the first of many amazing things in this book. Overall I just really enjoyed this book as well and I just breezed right through. And I picked up the next one right away, so it’s pretty obvious that I loved them.
Tyson is a new character in this book and I loved him. It was just so heart-warming to read about him. Percy was still his hotheaded snarky little self and it was great. Annabeth was also still amazing. I really enjoy all of the characters in the book actually, the good and the bad ones. Because they all have such a humanity to them that it just keeps you very interested in their story arc. They also bring a lot of humor into the story which really makes sure you are laughing a lot throughout the book.
The story itself in this book was just so much fun. The action started pretty much right away and it never really let off. There was always something going on or at least something else was right around the corner. It kept the pace very high which is a big part of why I flew through this book. There was a lot of mythology in this book again, but it really built on what we already knew and deepened that knowledge. I really enjoy this mythology and it is such a great setting in which to base a story. I particularly enjoy all the chapter titles which are just hilarious. They, just like the prophecy always hint at what’s to come, but are still vague enough that you are just left guessing until things start to go down. And then suddenly things click and there’s your Aha moment.
I’m going to let the review end here because it’s so hard to talk about a book without spoiling things. You really should just pick up this series because it’s a super fun and really fast read!