The Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book Two
Check out my review of The Lightning Thief
Written by Rick Riordan
Published January 1st 2006
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After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh grade school year unnervingly quiet. But things don't stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers that the magical borders which 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.Percy is back. It's been twelve months since Percy left Camp Half Blood and returned home, along with his mother who is determined to provide some semblance of a normal life. With Grover on his own Personal quest and Annabeth spending time with her newly reunited family, it's been lonely. But luckily Percy has a new friend in Tyson to keep him company, especially when a group of monsters attempt to destroy both Percy and Meriwether College Prep.
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. But rescuing Grover isn't the only only monumental task that Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson must tackle. If they don't retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer, Camp Half Blood will be destroyed.
It seems that fleeing to Half Blood Hill may not be enough to protect the son of Poseidon either, as Annabelle brings word that the wards are failing and Thalia's tree is dying, with the camp pointing the finger squarely at Chiron. His replacement is brutal, pitting teen against teen for his own amusement. So when it's determined the camp must be saved, it's time for Percy to hand over the reigns.
But Percy can't sit idly by and watch the inner sanction of the camp self destruct. Vivid dreams of Grover being captured force Percy to leave camp along with Annabeth and Tyson, searching for the island buried deep within the Sea of Monsters to rescue their friend. Along the way, their journey intercepts with the Half Blood camper on their own quest and reluctantly form a tentative partnership. They plan to rescue Grover and take The Golden Flecce back to camp, their last remaining hope in saving Thalia's tree and protecting the camp once again.
But nothing is ever that simple for the offspring for the Gods of Olympus, and with one of their own working against them, the group may never make it back to camp in one piece.
The Sea of Monsters picks up twelve months after The Lightning Thief, with our hero Percy back in New York with his now single mother and attending Meriwether College Prep. Grover is away on his quest, attempting to find what no other Satyr has found before. The past year has been uneventful, even with new friend Tyson by his side. Until the final day of school when all hell seems to break loose, and of course Percy and his friends are in the line of fire, quite literally.
They must not only rescue their friend from the Cyclops that is determined to make Grover his bride, steal back The Golden Fleece, rescue the camp from being overrun by monsters and heal Thalia's tree. All in a days work for young Percy.
I actually enjoyed The Sea of Monsters more than it's predecessor, it was humourous, sassy and highly entertaining. But most of all it featured new character and Cyclops Tyson. His character was an absolute delight, his fascination with ponies and childlike innocence was incredibly lovely.
Tyson was staring at Chiron in amazement. He whimpered like he wanted to pet Chiron's flank but was afraid to come closer. 'Pony?'Ending with a surprising revelation, I can't wait to jump into book three. The Percy Jackson series is not only fun and entertaining, but wonderfully written. A must have for middle grade enthusiasts, lovers of young adult and adults alike. I'm utterly in love.