Title: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)
By: Rick Riordan
Published: June 28th 2005
By: Disney Hyperion Books
Genre: Fantasy- Middle-Grade-Mythology
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.
“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 for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”
So far these books are quite short, so they are supposed to be fast readings, on the other hand I have had a busy week so I couldn’t read this as fast as I read the first one. Anyway I have enjoyed this reading a lot, I found it super entertaining and full of action, which was amazing!.
I like to see Percy and Annabeth more united this time, I find it super sweet, I love Grover so much, so I’ve missed him a little bit as he doesn’t appears so much, however, it was an intelligent move by Riordan that Grover would appear in Percy’s dreams as otherwise there would not have been in almost any scene.
I would really enjoy this story told from several points of view, it doesn’t bother me that it’s Percy who tells us the story , but so many things happen throughout the plot that I think it would be much more useful to hear the point of views of the other characters as much as of the villains, right? , I think the simplicity of the books is brilliant as it’s a children’s book, so I understand the point of why it’s written in that way.
It took me a little while to get into the story, maybe it was due to lack of time to read that I had or something, but it wasn’t as easy as with the first book, anyway I’ve enjoyed it, it’s a book full of action, sometimes I wonder if it’s too much, I mean, I personally feel it’s very dynamic and it’s difficult to distract yourself when you read it, but I would like more calm moments where the characters can open to each other and be able to get to know them more deeply or maybe that just have pleasant and normal talks, I don’t know, it’s my opinion, sometimes I just feel it’s too much
This time I felt that this book surprised me more than the previous one which is great, I like as there were many moments of surprise and tention, the end was shocking I really didn’t see that coming and now I’m dying to read the next one although I’ll probably do it next month, because I have to catch up with other readings.
The characters continue to be beautiful, I love the variety and the new integrations, they achieved unique interactions between the characters.
I love Tyson he’s so sweet and his story is touching, I really feel like I want to hug him all the time, he has a wonderful soul and I’m glad for how things have worked out for him, everything he has achieved and how strong he’s has returned, will surely reverberate in the following books, I can’t wait!
Obviously, I highly recommend this series if you want a big dose of action and friendship, Oh! and a bunch of Greek gods that are pretty crazy