Sea of Monsters-Review
Title: Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Young Adult/Children
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion, 2006
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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.
Rick Riordan's second in the Percy Jackson series continues with excitement and adventure. When Percy begins to have communicative dreams with his friend Grover, who happens to be a satyr, and monstrous dodge ball players attack during gym class, things just get worse. Annabeth, Percy's close friend, gives Percy some terrible news and the two, along with Tyson, a classmate who follows Percy everywhere, must set out on a unauthorized mission to save Camp Half-Blood as well as rescue Grover before it's too late. Many treacherous events occur during the journey to the Sea of Monsters and unexpected secrets are revealed.
This second installment maintained the same page-turning thrill as the first. The main characters are wittier than ever and the antagonists are more clearly shaped. A well-written continuation, Sea of Monsters is a hilarious ride of a read with many unexpected twists, reveals, and betrayals. It is a perfect blend of humor, fantasy, and adventure. Readers will eat up this book and quickly grab for the next in series. I definitely recommend this book, though I suggest reading the books in order. Disappointment will not be found within the pages of this book!
My rating: 4 lattes because it was completely enthralling with unforeseen twists that kept me wanting more.