Kristina Jones , November 13, 2013 (view all comments by Kristina Jones )
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan is an excellent adventure-filled sequel to The Lightning Thief; filled with adventure, challenges, and mystery. The main character Percy Jackson faces even more challenges in his demigod life. Percy comes to find his only safe haven, Camp Half Blood, to be no longer safe, what else could go wrong?
Rick Riordan was very creative in this novel. Creating places such as The Sea of Monsters and giving a vivid description of the setting. He does an excellent job in characterization. I actually felt like I knew the hardships Percy was going through myself. Adding multiple plot points in his writing making it almost impossible to put the book down. Although the book drags towards the end this adventurous novel kept me reading.
The Sea of Monsters is an excellent read for those who crave thrill and adventure.
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the code 8, March 2, 2008 (view all comments by the code 8)
i want to read this book really bad i loved the frist one i think it better then the harry potter books and more people need to read the frist book and they will love it and want to read the rest the books too.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his compelling debut in this second adventure in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. After a group of Laistrygonians (giant cannibals) infiltrate the dodgeball game at Percy's alternative Manhattan school, and his friend Annabeth (a daughter of Athena, introduced in the first book) comes to the rescue, the two take the homeless scholarship student Tyson with them to Camp Half-Blood, where trouble is brewing. Percy soon realizes that Tyson is a Cyclops (meaning they're half-brothers and possibly enemies — both sons of Poseidon) and learns that someone poisoned the sacred Thalia's tree, which protects the 'magic borders' of the demigod camp. Riordan catches readers up seamlessly on this world in which gods still reign; he builds on existing subplots and rivalries, and introduces harrowing new challenges as Percy and Annabeth set off across the Sea of Monsters on a quest to find the Golden Fleece, which will heal Thalia's tree. Percy's relationship with Tyson and their battle against the Cyclops guarding the Fleece (Polyphemus) brings up probing questions about shame, family and loyalty. With humor, intelligence and expert pacing, the author uses this tale of believable teens and their high-stakes struggle to bring the mythical lore up to date (e.g., Hermes, appropriately, invented the Internet). A cliffhanger imparts new meaning to the prophesy (mentioned in the first book) and leaves no question that Percy's high-stakes battle for Western Civilization will continue to surprise even himself. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Publishers Weekly (Starred Review),
"In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his compelling debut. With humor, intelligence and expert pacing, the author uses this tale of believable teens and their high-stakes struggle to bring the mythical lore up to date."
"[A] fast and funny tale, full of action, wisecracks, and superhuman powers. It's an entertaining retelling of Greek myths and a good bet for adventure and fantasy fans as well as reluctant readers."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Percy's sardonic narration and derring-do will keep the pages turning."
"Riordan settles into the classical world he's created, introducing new monsters and the Odyssean ruses to defeat them, and balancing intensity with humor throughout the cleverly constructed adventure."
by Dallas Morning News,
"Witty and fun, with unique twists that emanate directly from the world of myths. Best of all for young fans, there's a cliffhanger ending that should whet the appetite for more."
by Wisconsin State Journal,
"Rick Riordan is at the top of his game as he creates a fresh, funny, reader-friendly fantasy."
by School Library Journal,
"Adventure follows chaotic adventure at a rapid pace, and readers with even a passing acquaintance with the Odyssey will enjoy this fresh use of familiar stories."
by Harper Collins,
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Two: Sea of Monsters, The
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