Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Note: In My Mailbox has been postponed due to a lack of good books at my library.

"After a year spent trying to prevent a catastropic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds 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 which 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 by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters--the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millenia--only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name...the Bermuda Triangle.
Now Percy and his friends--Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson--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 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."

I had a lot of expectations from this book after the awesomeness of its predecessor, The Lightning Thief, and I must say it totally lived up to them.
I was a little frustrated with Percy in the beginning, he acted like a jerk. But he redeemed himself by the end. His powers over water played a bigger part in this book, which I really liked. I love super/magical/mythical powers!!! And there were more mythological creatures, which I also liked.
I really, really, really hate Ares. He is my least favorite character in the series.
The introduction of a new character in the group, and the larger roll of an old character was nice. I often get bored reading about the same people for too long (it's why I always have to read multiple books at once).
I don't know why, but reaching the goal in this book seemed a little more urgent than the last one. Maybe it was because a specific character's life was on the line, maybe it was because the destruction had already started by the time they left on their quest, whereas in book one, the damage was only a strong possibility.
This was definitely a good book, and I'm eager to see what else the Percy Jackson series has to offer.

I give this book five Fists of Rock.
Eclectically yours,

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