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Book Review: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

February 11, 2010

The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy/ Fiction
Source: Personal Collection

Percy Jackson’s seventh grade year was uneventful. Not a single monster bothered him at his New York prep school, until the last day of school. An innocent game of dodgeball between Percy and his classmates quickly degrades into a deadly match against cannibal giants. Then Annabeth arrives to tell Percy that Camp Halfblood’s border is failing, it has been poisoned. Percy embarks on a wild journey to find the cure, rescue Grover and save the camp. What he didn’t count on was gaining a better understanding of family. His journey reveals a surprising secret about his family and Percy can’t help but wonder if being the son of Poseidon is really the honor he thought.

I enjoyed the second book in the Percy Jackson series even more than the first. In the first book Percy often acted like a selfish child, typical eleven-year-old mentality I suppose. In The Sea of Monsters, Percy started his journey as a selfish child, but as his adventure continues he began to realize that life isn’t always going to go his way. Percy’s relationships with his fellow demigods are strengthened. I enjoyed watching him come to terms with his imperfect family. I found this part of the story very easy to relate to, everyone wants to think their father is perfect, but dads are not perfect— human or god.

The Sea of Monsters still did not give us much attention and depth to the Greek mythology, as I would have liked. The myth that Riordan did spend some time with was the Golden Fleece. Also he begin to get into some of the less common myths and monsters, which added to the intrigue because it was more difficult to figure out the monsters fatal flaw, before it is revealed.

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