Percy Jackson 2: The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

Spoilers for the first Percy Jackson book will be throughout.

I’ve heard that this one isn’t as strong as others, but honestly, it does several things very well so I think those people complaining weren’t terribly impressed with the first one.

I mean, I heard someone called him PC Johnson, and that’s hilarious, but moving on.

First of all, Riordan shook up the status quo. After learning that Luke had crossed over and betrayed his fellow campers, he was always in the background as a potential villain, and we weren’t disappointed with how he turned up.

But then the book continues the pattern of the previous with Percy and crew confronting several ancient legends in new guises, but less in the style of hercules stumbling upon them in a back alley, and now more clearly for a kid who has already been around the block and is challenged to put his quick thinking to the test.

I also liked that the order of things in the camp were changed. Dionysus had a new side-kick and things were in dire condition. The flagging borders mean that not even the camp is safe for half-bloods, and having Percy rescue his somewhat enemy within the first few chapters was a good way to set up the conflict he had with her for the rest of the book. I mean, he keeps going on and off quest with her, and having her go on the quest is not only fair but makes a good contrast to the much more clean quest nature of the last book. And the quest was thrilling, I mean, having a cyclopes along was probably too convenient, but I shouldn’t complain.

Though, didn’t this one come out before Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling? There was something in the unsanctioned nature of the quest, and meeting a new god to help them along the way-- I’m comparing meeting Ares in book 1 to Hermes in book 2-- which really made an interesting way to meet them in a slightly more intimate way.

And a SPOILER: foreshadowing Thalia’s return was harsh and bittersweet. Having Grover back was awesome. I really was glad that we got some redemption between Percy and Clarisse.

Man, this book was so good! It upped the drama, built stronger relations between Percy and other campers (though was anything really substantial built between Percy and Annabeth? I feel like they only built a chariot, does that count?) and showed us how things weren't always gonna stay the same.

And of course the school Percy started at was hilarious. I’m looking forward to seeing him at a new school every year.

Pages: 279
Year: April 1st 2006
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Read: 30 May 2017 to 31 May 2017
Stars: 4 stars (really liked it)