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

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters is the sequel to The Lightning Thief.  If you haven’t read Lightning Thief, you might not understand some of the events in Sea of Monsters.

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Last summer, Perseus Jackson not only found out that he’s the son of Poseidon, but was also accused of stealing Zeus’ master lightning bolt.  With his friends Annabeth and Grover he managed to retrieve the lighting bolt, clear his name, and restore a tentative peace on Olympus.

This year, Percy is attending special school in New York for difficult learners.  One day during PE, some bullies who are actually monsters in disguise attack Percy and his new friend, Tyson.  To be on the safe side, Percy returns to Camp Half-Blood with Tyson in tow.  When they arrive, they find out that a number of changes have occurred:  Chiron has been accused of poisoning Thalia’s tree, monsters are besieging the camp, and it seems that the traitor Luke has found an army.  The only thing that will protect the demigods is the legendary Golden Fleece.

Unfortunately, it’s been missing for centuries.

On top of this, Grover is missing in action.  The only clues to his whereabouts are some strange dreams Percy had about Grover–and he’s been captured by a Cyclops!  And while he may have fooled the Cyclops into letting him live for a while, his time is running out.  Fast.  On the up side, though, Grover may hold the solution to the camp’s problems. . . if Percy can find the Cyclops’ lair in time to save him.

Though The Sea of Monsters is possibly my least favorite book in the Percy Jackson series, this doesn’t mean that it’s not a fantastic adventure–it just means that Rick Riordan did such a good job on The Lightning Thief that the sequel would naturally be a little disappointing.  Nevertheless, The Sea of Monsters is filled to the brim with the action, mayhem, and humor that made the first book in the series a success, and is a definite 4.5/5.


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