Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Publisher: Penguin Random House
TOTAL RATING: 4 STARS
Percy Jackson comes back for another roaring addition to the series in the 2nd installment.
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters starts off where all Percy Jackson’s do (pretty much) with Percy trying not to get kicked out of another school, but ultimately failing spectacularly.
This takes Percy back to Camp Half-Blood and this time the Camp is in trouble. The magic protecting them is dying because somebody’s poisoned the great tree set up in the 1st book and there’s only one thing that can save it, the fabled “Golden Fleece.”
This takes Percy and the gang off to the Bermuda triangle where they’ll have to deal with crazy confederate zombies, a donut store in the middle of nowhere and a giant cyclops who looks after a herd of cannibal sheep!
There’s a lot of change in this novel and it’s great because we get some new characters, though it is in the lack of Grover which I’m a little upset about because Grover is my faun-bro, but we do get Tyson, who i guess is kind of cool, though not to the same level. It’s different, but good.
And I guess that’s what you get with this novel compared to the first.
It’s not bad, but it’s different. That much is obvious.
It feels like Percy Jackson but there’s an edge to this novel that’s unmistakable. And if I’m perfectly honest, I think its the upgrade of Luke as full on villain from the previously held position of minor antagonist against the back-drop of the race to find the Lightning bolt.
As I’ve stated above, it’s not a bad thing. It makes sense and it feels right. The stakes turn up a notch and sets a tone for the rest of the series, but as someone who’s read the rest of the series, the Sea of Monster does at times fall flat against the strength of the others.
Far from a bad book. I love the Percy Jackson series, it’s like if you’re the kid in the family of super successful kids who’s rocking the achievement medal compared to trophies the others are holding.
Sea of Monsters lays down some important nuggets of world building and plot for the books to follow which makes it ever more significant. A story not to be sniffed at.