Synopses & Reviews
After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic 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 millennia-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.
"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.)
"Riordan's clever mix of classical mythology, contemporary teen characters, and an action-packed adventure will bring new readers to the series." Booklist
"Percy's sardonic narration and derring-do will keep the pages turning." Kirkus Reviews
"[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." KLIATT
"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." Hornbook
"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." Dallas Morning News
"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." School Library Journal
"What extraordinary writing! Young readers may want to keep a guide to gods handy or bone up beforehand. What a great addition to a classroom unit on mythology this would be!...Here's hoping this magical series continues for many, many books." Children's Literature
"Riordan introduces classic Greek myths and characters into the modern world with comical results....Riordan's books are developing into a great series for fantasy fans who enjoy action, quick pacing, and humor." VOYA
"Rick Riordan is at the top of his game as he creates a fresh, funny, reader-friendly fantasy." Wisconsin State Journal
In this second installment in the series, Percy, Poseidon's 13-year-old demigod son, is desperate to rescue his friend and retrieve the healing Golden Fleece the only protection for the children in Camp Half-Blood. Adventure follows chaotic adventure as Percy once again battles mythical monsters in modern-day settings.
Percy Jackson's seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get...well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy's friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.
In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover 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.
About the Author
Rick Riordan is the author of The Lightning Thief, as well as the hugely popular Tres Navarre mysteries, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. For the past fifteen years, Rick has taught in middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two sons.