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“The Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan

Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - Book Reading
“The Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan

Back of the Book:

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.

Together with his friends, Percy must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family, one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

Ann’s Review on Goodreads.com:

I think Riordan has stayed true to his characters in this second book, and true to the essence of the first. The main plot didn’t seem quite as dire as in the first book, but I think it’s because it’s setting the stage for “what’s to come.” (read the entire review here)

Pages: 279

Published: 2006-04-01

Format Read: real book

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

The very worst thing about this book is the “empathy link” between Grover and Percy. Yes, it’s useful and serves it’s purpose, but it seems a little too convenient. What exactly does it take to form an empathy link (I can’t quite remember if this is mentioned in the book) and why does he only share one with Grover?

The very best thing about this book is that a Polyphemus (a cyclops – one of Grover’s fears) wants to marry Grover! :-p Too freaking funny! Okay, that isn’t really the best part, but it is the funniest. Grover actually ends up being trapped because he’s tricked onto Polyphemus’s island while searching for Pan, the god of the wild. Luckily, this doesn’t interfere with Percy’s quest. :-D

By the way, the books “The Lost Hero” and “The Son of Neptune” (previously reviewed) are part of the sequel series. If you want to read those books, it helps to read these first.

Challenges:

This book will be placed under the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge.

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