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Sea of Monsters is the second book in American author Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. It follows on from the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, of which there was a successful film was made. The first book I purchased for just a pound from Waterstones (they were doing a deal), and I liked it so much that I promptly went out and bought the next two, but not unfortunately for a pound!
To recap: Percy Jackson is just your average teenage boy, save for one rather important thing, and that is that he is the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of legend. He goes to normal schools like normal kids, but during the summer he goes to Half-Blood camp, where other such Half-Bloods are (these are other kids who have Greek gods as parents). Here they have competitions and go on quests, however quests seem to have a way of finding Percy Jackson and his friends.
In this book, Percy has to journey to the Sea of Monsters and rescue his Satyr friend Grover, who is being held captive by Polyphemus, a Cyclops. Grover has been on a quest to find the god Pan. Percy goes with his trusted friend Annabeth, and newcomer Tyson, who is a big hulk of a boy who turns out to be a young Cyclops himself. Along the way they encounter many a challenge - as is the usual way, and they also run into Luke, who is a Half Blood traitor who tried to kill Percy at the end of the first book. Luke thinks it might be a good idea to raise Cronus from the dead, but everyone else thinks this will be a bad thing.
Sea of Monsters took me a while to get into. I found it a bit boring to begin with and a little bit clichéd. The writing seemed tired too, as though the author was bored of the story! But thankfully it improved very well, especially towards the end, with many twists and turns and revelations.
The style of writing is very easy to follow and it is a great adventure tale on the whole. Written for children, it is one of those books that most adult (like me!) find themselves reading too.
On to the next one!
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
* Paperback: 288 pages
* Publisher: Puffin (1 May 2008)
* Language English
* ISBN-10: 9780141319148
* ISBN-13: 978-0141319148
* ASIN: 0141319143
£6.99, but currently only £3.93 at Amazon (£3.49 the Kindle version)
This book is the SECOND book in a series called "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" I have read the first book and my review can be found easily. The sequel to the original novel is a very good follow up and I love Rick Riordan's writing style, it is so unique and extremely interesting, that I have no other option than to love it.
Anyway... Rick Riordan is an author who I have only recently come across thanks to this book series, and I may never have known about it unless a film of the first novel came out. The film was pretty rubbish compared to the first novel, but most films don't relate that well to the book and therefore tends to get negative reviews. Anyway Rick Riordan has written quite a few books, however this series is his most successful novels so far. I have yet to read any of his other stories outside of Percy Jackson. However they all are on my wish list, so I may get around to reading his other novels sometime. I believe that his other books will probably be in the same sort of writing style and I am eager to read them, because if they are as good as the Percy Jackson novels then I can't wait.
In the first book Percy Jackson had to retrieve a bolt of lightning to stop a war that would have happened between the Greek gods. So now Percy is back in school thinking he can relax again. But there is one major problem, a friend of his: Tyson. He is 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. Camp Half Blood is having some sort of trouble. The magical borders protected by a tree, has been poisoned, and therefore allowing mythological monsters to enter the demigods safe haven. So again everything is turned onto Percy to save the day. He needs to find Grover, a friend who appeared in the first book, who has been taken prisoner on an island within the Sea of Monsters, which is now commonly known as...... The Bermuda Triangle.
Percy must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half Blood will be destroyed. But there is a secret to be told, one that makes Percy question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honour or simply a cruel joke.
I fell in love with this story within seconds, this is definitely a book for people like me, however these books are frequently found in the children's section, however, do not let that put you off from reading it, there is many fantastic books that are frequently found in the children's section, such as "Twilight", "The Hunger Games" and "The House of Night Novels". There are a lot of great books in this section so don't let that put you off.
This is definitely a pure fun read, as it is a fantasy world that it is written about, however I think, as with most books, there is a hidden message behind it, which says that out in the world there will always be true friends, no matter who they are or what they are like, they care about you, and will be a true friend to you. This story shows this message clearly, Percy is not afraid to be seen with some of his friends, even if they are totally different to him and look very different, he doesn't care so why should we?
This book is definitely a fantasy novel, surely it's everyone's dream to be this awesome fighter who has to attack and defeat mythological creatures, to be able to draw a sword on a creature would be amazing. Unfortunately this is a fictional novel. If someone told me it was real, I'll be on the first plane to this place, as this book is really that good.
This book is can be easily compared to a number of different novels and series. To start off with, I believe that the action and adventure, along with its humour, is similar to "How to Train Your Dragon Novels" as they are both extremely entertaining. Furthermore I think the friendship is similarly found in "The Golem Novels" or "Odd and the Frost Giants" as both contain interesting friendship ideas and it really captures you as you read more and more.
The book was really interesting and captures you within seconds, but you kind of expect it, as you have previously read the first novel so there would be no need in introducing the characters in the book. The ending was pretty good, but it was a predictable ending and so it wasn't as dramatic as it could have been. It is a pure enjoyable read and definitely doesn't make you think you just read it and just wish that you're there. I really wish I was. It is a series of books I'll always remember, and if given the chance I would definitely re-read it!
This book would appeal to a lot of different people, however I believe that it is really for everyone, as it is definitely a book I think most people will enjoy and be extremely interested in reading, However I think children would definitely prefer over adults and it is one of those novels which I can imagine parents reading to their children just before they go to bed. It may even surprise adults, as by the time the child has fallen asleep, you may end up reading the rest of the book, since it also gripped you and not just your child.
This is definitely a great series of novels, one in which I very much recommend to lots of different people. Please be aware of the fact that this is the SECOND novel in a series so please don't read this book without reading the first novel. Thank you all for reading and rating. I hope I have interested a few people into reading this book.
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, first published in 2006 is the second book in the series of books created by writer Rick Riordon.
Having bought the first book 'The Lightening Thief' very cheaply in one of the Banana book shops, it sat for ages unread and unloved, till one day I cracked it open and began to read. I found the concept of the first book interesting and new and having enjoyed the read, it became obvious that The Sea of Monsters would be worth a look too.
During the Sea of Monsters book, our hero young Percy Jackson, newly found demi god, aged just 13, plays a nasty game of dodgeball against a group of Laistrygonians. They try to kill Percy, however his friend Tyson protects him, whilst Annabeth another friend steps in to save the day.
Meanwhile back at Camp Half Blood things have gone from bad to worse. The camp was protected by Thalia's pine tree, but as the tree has been poisoned only the golden fleece can cure it.
Grover, a young satyr and good friend of our hero, is in dire straights. Percy sets out to attempt to rescue Grover from the Cyclops Polyphemus and bring back the golden fleece from the island at the same time. The fabled fleece is the only thing that can save Camp Half Blood, the training school for young demigods, from a Titan's attack.
During the book Percy finds out who and what Tyson really is, he also discovers much about himself, his real father and his family too. Percy has to come to terms with the fact that some friends are not as true to themselves or their friends as others. All this happens whilst Percy handles many dangerous situations with as much skill as a 13 year old demi god can.
Its a very pleasingly written book by the author, who writes as if from the point of view of the now 13 year old Percy Jackson. If you haven't read the first book, I would say that you really should do so before trying to start on this one, as everything will make much better sense to you.
Does Percy succeed in his task? Is the camp saved from disaster? Well I can't spoil the plot by telling you that, go check out the book and see for yourself, its well worth a read.
Sea of monsters is part of a five book series entitled Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Percy Jackson discovers that all of the Greeks Gods actually exist and that his father is Poseidon King of The Sea.
Every Hero story has to have a Bad Guy and that is Kronos,
Sea of Monsters starts off when Percy discovers that he has a brother that is a cyclops Named Tyson.
Tyson Is one of those characters which always gets picked on because of his size and always gets picked on.
All though I enjoyed the book I think it becomes a bit much when Sons of the Greek Gods keep popping up everywhere.
Camp Half blood is attacked when a tree which controls the shield around camp half blood becomes Poisoned and Percy and his friends must go and try and find the golden fleece which has the ability to heal anything.The Golden fleece is located is the sea of monsters which is known to us as the Bermuda Triangle. Even before I read where it was located I had a feeling it was going to be there which just made the story a bit predictable.
I found the ending a bit strange I don't quite understand why Thalia suddenly appeared after the tree was healed.
Thalia is the daughter of Zeus.She was changed into a tree that has the power to form a shield around Camp Half Blood.
Rick Riordan Just has brilliant way of writing just when one plot ends another one starts and he keeps you wanting to read more.
Percy Jackson reminds me bit of a character named Pendragon created from an author named D J Machale.They both get angry very easily and go rushing into things before planning what they do.
This book won't be for everyone.There a quite a few unbelievable thins that happen.The book is aimed at young adults but anyone should be able to read this.I like these kind of books as it takes my mind away from everyday stress.
Following on from The Lightning Thief, we meet up again with Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, in modern day America. After being expelled from yet another school after a game of Dodgeball got 'out of hand', Percy returns to Camp Half Blood. The defences of the camp are beginning to weaken, laying them open to attack, so Percy is off on another quest, this time to find the Golden Fleece, that would save the camp.
Grover has gone missing (captured by a Cyclops) on his quest to find Pan, so Annabeth is on the quest with Percy, as is Tyson, who is introduced in the book. Tyson is also a Cyclops and Percy's half brother. He is also rather dim but brings a warmth, and a lot of humour as he has a habit of saying things the way they are. Percy has to weigh up his wish to save Grover and the retrieve the fleece to save the camp, while battling a variety of monster and demons.
Another good read, with adventure and humour, with the constant request for 'just one more chapter' from my son, despite it being time for lights out. I certainly enjoyed reading this as well. The addition of Tyson lifted the book so that it was not the same as the first book. After finishing it, we had to go straight onto the next book in the series!
As stated in my review of the first book, I wouldn't say that this is just for boys, there is a lot in it for girls, and adults, too. Perhaps not as memorable as the first, but that may be because our expectations were a lot higher for this one than for the first.