Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2: The Sea of Monsters

by Rick Riordan

Hardcover, 2006



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Fic Rio (c.1)





Disney-Hyperion (2006), 279 pages. $17.99.


Demi-god Percy Jackson and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first Percy will discover a secret that makes him wonder whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or a cruel joke.


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279 p.; 5.75 inches

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LibraryThing member StormRaven
Percy Jackson's adventures that kicked off in The Lightning Thief continue in The Sea of Monsters, book two in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Since the bulk of the background about the nature of the fantasy reality that the story takes place in was already covered in The Lightning
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Thief, the story kicks off quickly, and pretty much never stops moving at a breakneck pace until the end.

Having returned to the "normal" world for the school year after the Gods refused to take seriously Percy's warnings concerning the rumblings from the dark presence in the pits of Tartarus, Percy finds himself attacked by giants wielding fireballs until he is rescued by a big awkward kid named Tyson that he had befriended. Both Percy and Tyson are rescued by Annabeth and all three flee to Camp Half-Blood where they discover numerous changes have taken place. Chiron has been fired as camp director because Thalia's Tree has been poisoned and he is suspected as the culprit. Thalia's Tree is unable to protect the Camp anymore, and the dire situation sets the main plot of the book into motion as a hero is sent forth to recover the Golden Fleece, the only thing that can cure the tree.

Interestingly, Percy Jackson is not sent on the quest, and neither is his friend Annabeth, which makes for an interesting twist on the story. It turns out that Grover is missing, however, and Percy, Tyson, and Annabeth set out to find and rescue him. Along the way, they intertwine paths with the fleece quester, and run across Luke, now openly consorting with monsters and raising an army to be used against Olympus. This also serves to seriously flesh out what is to become the main plot of the series, as Luke reveals that he seeks to revive an ancient and deadly foe of the Gods. This becomes a major complication as the heroes' quests all wind their way through the titular Sea of Monsters (which turns out to be the Bermuda Triangle) to their intertwined resolution. In the end, justice prevails, but things don't turn out exactly as one expects, and a new complication literally crops up at the end.

Once again, the characters have to deal with numerous creatures from Greek mythology that serve as hurdles for our interpid heroes to overcome. One element of the fantasy reality that Riordan has crafted is the asymmetrical nature of the relationship between heroes and monsters. For heroes, the game is deadly: if they die, they are dead and presumably go to Hades. Monsters, on the other hand, are symbolic of the malaides of human nature, and as such, they will eventually reform if they are killed. As the monsters rally against the Gods and Demi-Gods, it seems that the balance of power is potentially insurmountably stacked against the heroes just by the very nature of the fantasy reality. Counterbalancing this to a certain extent is the fact that Riordan seems to have pumped up the power level of the demi-gods well past anything that one would expect from the original myths. With the exception of the prodigious strength of Heracles, the noteworthy half-blooded heroes of Greek myth such as Theseus, Perseus, and Jason seem to be extraordinarily brave and skilled in battle, but none of them display the divinely inspired supernatural powers that are de rigeur in the Percy Jackson series.

The story, being set mostly at sea, bears some resemblances to the journeys of Ulysses in The Odyssey, although the heores don't wander the oceans for a decade. One of the more interesting encounters the protagonists have is when they run acorss the sirens, and Annabeth emulates Ulysses in order to hear their song, and ends up learning something about herself. Overall, the story is quite good, managing to pack plenty of humor and character development in among the fast paced action. Though many series suffer a "sophmore slump" in which the second book suffers a let down in quality, Riordan manages to avoid this, and this book is only a touch less good than the first one, and that is only because it is a hundred pages shorter. Just like the first installment in the series, this book is recommended for anyone who likes fantasy fiction, and highly recommended for any young reader who is interested in, or who is a fan of Greek mythology.
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LibraryThing member readinggeek451
The second in this popular series that brings Greek mythology to the modern day. Percy (Perseus) Jackson is a demigod, half-mortal son of Poseidon. Camp Half-Blood is under attack, its protective tree poisoned and dying. Percy must break the rules to go on a quest for the Golden Fleece. But will
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his efforts be enough? Or will they just make matters worse?

An enjoyable update of Greek myths. Percy and his cohorts are believable both as modern children and as heroes in training. Probably best appreciated by readers who already have some familiarity with Greek mythology. (Would certainly read very differently without that familiarity.)
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LibraryThing member aaron.hairstone88
This is the second book of the Percy Jackson series. Percy and his friends are in danger at Camp Half-Blood. The magical tree that protects the campers from monsters has been poisoned. The only item that can heal the tree is the Golden Fleas. The Golden Fleas is on an island and is guarded by a
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gigantic cyclops and huge cannibal sheep. Along the way, Percy and his friend must pass through life threatening obstacles that stand in their way.
Percy must obtain the Golden Fleas and heal the magical tree before it dies and monsters will destroy the Camp.
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LibraryThing member Brennan.Pankratz
Sea of Monsters is the sequel to The Lightning Theif. This book is about Percy Jackson and his quest to save the camp. Thalia's pine tree has been poisoned and Grover has been kidnapped. But Percy's arch enemy gets the quest! Percy followes and tries to find the Golden Fleece. Percy faces lots of
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challenges. He even fights a jiant Cyclops! Will he succeed? Read to find out.
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LibraryThing member stephmo
While I'm still really enjoying Percy's story, The Sea of Monsters gets a bit bogged down in the need to explain more of the relationships that connect each of our characters and how the relationships (or lack thereof) with their God-parents impacts their lives. Riordan chooses a well-known quest
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to mirror in the story of the Golden Fleece which also allows him to expand into explaining how monsters are created. At times, though, it feels as if you're watching one of those medical or crime procedure shows where everyone stops to suddenly explain why they're using some particular technique to a co-worker for no particular reason. You know that it's so the audience can feel as if they're "in the know," but this technique has all the authenticity of a bowl of plastic fruit. Sure, it can look okay at first blush, but the more you see it, the more obvious it becomes.

That aside, this is still clever and fun. The descriptions of Percy's latest school are practically worth the price of admission alone. And it's clear that we're in for the long haul. The quests are not win/lose affairs; these are complicated tangles where it's simply impossible to choose a wholly right or wrong path. But, hey, as long as it involves sheep of doom or party ponies, we'll at least get some good laughs along the way.
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LibraryThing member AbundanceofBooks
First of all, this will be more review and less gush (unlike my Lightning Thief review).

Also, a little more explanation on Percy's situation. I've had some students comment that the adults in the Percy Jackson books expect the kids to do all of the dangerous work; unlike Harry Potter where the
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adults try to protect the kids and they get into trouble anyway. I explain that the demi-gods (the children of a mortal and a god/goddess) are stronger and faster than humans and are naturally great fighters. They also attract monsters who try to eat them, are sometimes never claimed by their immortal parent, and don't normally live to adult hood. When a demi-god, also known as a hero, does reach adulthood, it's normally sad, violent, and short. It's like the whole mythological world sees these kids as disposable. Have a tough job, an impossible task, a bothersome monster to get rid of ? Go get a hero.

***Spoiler Alert: Reference to end of The Lightning Thief***

Percy is still struggling with the idea that these capable adults and authority figures generally don't care about the half-blood children. It's why Luke (son of Hermes) went bad in The Lighting Thief and other campers struggle with their never-there-diety parent or being ignored by that parent completely.

Percy has had a relatively easy year - no monsters and nothing has happened to his school. He did befriend a large, seemingly dim, and very unattractive homeless student named Tyson. Sure, it's made Percy an outcast, but it's no big deal. These kids at school don't count and Tyson is a good kid. But anyway, it doesn't matter, they've survived the whole year, Percy just needs to finish the last day and he's scott free! Unfortunately that plan takes a detour when some Laistygonian giants show up to help the school bully's dodgeball team. Of course the gym burns down and Percy and Tyson are blamed.

Percy is rescued by Annabeth who needs to take him back to Camp Half-Blood. Percy doesn't want to leave Tyson and is shocked by Annabeth's horrible attitude toward his homeless friend. Percy refuses to leave Tyson, Annabeth relents, and they head to Camp. Once there Percy learns that Thalia's tree (which strengthened the magical borders of the camp) has been poisoned and monsters are getting onto the grounds. Chiron was blamed and replaced by Tantalus as the activities director. (The parts where Tantalus is chasing food around are funny). It's also revealed to Percy that Tyson isn't human but a Cyclopes (a baby Cyclopes - about 8 years old). A Cyclopes was the child of a god and a nature spirit, normally a particular god. Tantalus accused Percy of endangering the camp by bringing in a monster and was deciding what to do to Tyson when a trident appears of his head. Poseidon had claimed Tyson as his son - and Percy's half brother. Percy is once again shunned by his peers because of Tyson, and this time it does bother him. He vacillates between embarrassment and anger to still wanting to protect his friend and half brother. Percy also begins having strange dreams about Grover being in grave danger... and wearing a wedding dress.

Events move faster than Percy (with some help from Hermes), and he finds himself running away from camp with Annabeth and Tyson on a quest to save Grover and the Camp.
Again, Riordan has written a story filled with action, layers of mystery, humor, and great characters with Greek mythology mixed throughout. I especially liked Percy's struggle with his feelings toward his father and half brother. It came across as an honest experience for the character and readers of the same age. While most kids don't have to worry about a scary Cyclopes for a brother, they do deal with experiences that make them feel embarrassed, angry, and ashamed. I also like Percy's respect for Annabeth. He sees his friend as smarter and a better fighter than him and he lets her take the lead because he respects her abilities. The Sea of Monsters is a great sequel that kids and their families will enjoy.

Remember, this story is written for 9-12 year olds, it is NOT a YA series. But it's still pretty awesome.
A fun and fast story with lots of action, great characters, and twisty plot that doesn't lose younger readers. I give it 5 stars and say pick it up! BUT, this series is rather frank about pre-marital sex and extra marital affairs (the gods/goddesses). If you don't think this is appropriate for your family, this is probably not the series for you. The books do show positive family relationships (Percy and his mom), respect, and friendship. I would recommend reading the series first before totally nixing it.
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LibraryThing member nmhale
Another audio book-prompted read. I listened to The Lightning Thief with a group of friends who hadn't read the book before and decided it was time to read the next one in the series. This time around, Percy knows about his past, his powers, and has friends. Everything should be easier, but it's
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not - Percy's school is attacked by cannibal giants on the last day, and he and Annabeth and Tyson (Percy's new buddy) flee to Camp Half-Blood. When they get there, though, they learn that is not the safe haven they thought it would be, as Chiron is being blamed for Thalia's poisoning and has to leave camp. The director hates Percy and pretty much all of the campers and institutes a new regime on campus, one that nobody likes. Percy gets a tip that the only way to save Thalia, and therefore return Chiron to camp and save the place he has come to love, is to find the Golden Fleece.

Another epic quest, this one inspired by a different motive but one that still requires immense amount of traveling in an impossibly short amount of time. It follows a similar pattern as that of the first book, which worked so well, but is different enough to not be repetitive. Riordan writes well for children, because his plots move quickly and explosively, with a lot of humor thrown in. His characters are good but flawed, so we can relate to them and root for them to overcome the odds. And so far in this series, the odds are always stacked high, but then when your characters are getting a little help from the gods, they need befittingly difficult challenges. I like this series, it's just a lot of fun, and the concept is original. With so many fantasy books glutting the market that are knock offs of the more popular series (and I love my fantasies), it's nice to see a strong new series that strives to be unique.
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LibraryThing member VaBookworm87
It’s been a year since Percy Jackson learned that he is a demigod, the son of his human mother and Poseidon, the Greek God of the sea. On his last day of school, Percy hopes to finish the year without any major disasters and head off to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods. Unfortunately,
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trouble has a knack for finding Percy, and he has a run-in with some monsters in gym class. Saved by his friend Annabeth and his classmate Tyson, they escape to camp.

Camp Half Blood is not how Percy remembers it. The protective magical boundary of camp is collapsing, monsters are invading the borders, and the camp staff has changed. To make things worse, Percy keeps having dreams about his friend Grover, a satyr on a quest, being in danger. It turns out that Grover has created and “empathy link”, allowing him to communicate with Percy from a distance. Between Grover, Hermes, and the Gray Sisters, Percy pieces together clues as to how he can save Camp Half Blood, as well as Grover. Percy’s latest quest will take him to the Sea of Monsters, the fabled site of creatures such as Charybdis and the Sirens. In this sequel, Percy will take on old foes and new ones, make new friends, and discover more about his father and family.

One of the things I love most about this series is how covertly educational it is! Percy interacts with many characters from Greek mythology and Percy often recalls a quick line or two about the story behind those characters. I recall learning about mythology in grade school and it’s fun to revisit those tales. Mention is also given to the works of Greek historians, and I must give kudos to Riordan for making Homer’s Odyssey seem interesting!

I love how you never know what’s going to happen next in this series. Yes, you know something isn’t going to be as easy as it initially seems, but you never know who or what to expect! Riordan has a tendency of leading the reader to feel like the worst is over, and then suddenly he throws in another unexpected element. I enjoy guessing what is coming based on context clues (e.g. in book one, when they were at Auntie Em’s Garden Emporium and there were tons of horrified looking stone statues- If you know your Greek mythology, you know Medusa is coming!).

The only thing that drove me nuts about this book was how oblivious Percy seems to have become. In the first book, he’s not well versed in mythology so Annabeth and Grover are often explaining what things are to him. If I suddenly discovered that all of those stories I’d learned in school were in fact real, I’d head home and hit the books to learn as much as I possibly could. I’d also become more aware of my surroundings. Percy, however, seems to have gone home and left his demigod self at Camp Half Blood for the year. He is fully aware of the “mist” and how it keeps humans from perceiving otherworldly things, but allows himself to be fooled by it on multiple occasions. He also requires a great deal of explanation from Annabeth regarding mythological stories. Percy has obviously never heard the quote, “Know thy enemy”!

This book is by no means a difficult read. It’s obviously geared towards a younger crowd, but adults can definitely enjoy it as well! I’m 23, and I love what I’ve read thus far! I even went ahead and bought the remainder of the series! This book took me a grand total of two days to read, but part of that was because I couldn’t put it down. It’s well written, and you have the opportunity to learn more about the key characters and their lives, as well as gain more of the history of Camp Half Blood.

This second installment in the Percy Jackson series is exciting and interesting, taking the reader to many new places along the East coast of the United States. If you’ve got a child, or even if you enjoy a light read yourself, this book is the second installment in a series that has many great elements- adventure, mythology, action and more! Check it out!
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LibraryThing member EowynA
This episode of Percy Jackson's saga has him re-creating parts of Odysseus's journey plus Jason and the golden Fleece. . . and adding a half-brother to his posse. A light, fun read.
LibraryThing member jolerie
The Sea of Monsters is the second instalment in the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series and like the first book, the story is centralized around the main character, Percy Jackson, his friends, Annabeth, Grover, and their adventures. This time around, throw in a surprise half-brother who is more
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than Percy bargained for and the task of saving Grover from inevitable doom, and the stage is set for a series of events lead to the cliffhanging ending where a new but familiar character is introduced to the foray.

In The Sea of Monsters, Riordan has settled into a predictable pattern of story weaving. It is formulaic how the first two books follow a very precise sequence of events. Percy is given a task. He goes on the task. He finds monsters. He almost loses his life more times then I can keep straight. But against all odds, he emerges as the victorious but reluctant hero. Despite the anticipated chain of events, there are some aspects of the story that continue to keep me coming back for second helpings. The overarching thread that is woven through the first two books and I suspect will continue through to the last book - the prophecy concerning Percy's fate is intriguing allows the introduction of the little twist that occurs at the end of the second book. That little twist is enough to keep me interested. Venturing onto the third book of the series and hoping that there are more surprises and less predictability.
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Some things I liked about this story: Percy doesn't have to be the only hero - he is able to work with someone he doesn't really like and even let that person get the glory. Also, the story increases in complexity as characters line up in a bigger war. I also thought the whole idea of wanting to
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overthrow Western Civilization is a bit symbolic. Can't wait to read the next book.
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LibraryThing member norabelle414
audiobook – Hogwarts Camp Half-Blood is in trouble, and Harry Potter Percy Jackson is warned not to run off unprepared and try to save the day, but he does anyway. Also his favorite teacher is fired because everyone believes he was the one who endangered the camp, and there is a new teacher who
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has it out for Percy because he thinks that Percy thinks that he’s special. Percy’s best friend Grover is in trouble and happens to be in trouble in the same place that Percy needs to go to to save Camp Half-Blood. So yeah.

How is it possible that this book is even worse than the first one?!?!? The only decent parts are the bits copied directly from Harry Potter. As usual, the tone of the books is “LOL omg Greek mythology is so boring. Let’s change it and make it something I actually care about!” It’s completely disrespectful. Aside from that, the writing is bad, the dialog feels unnatural, and there is no logic or reasoning to any of the characters or events. Ick ick ick. Don’t let me read any more of these.
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LibraryThing member knielsen83
Again, another wonderful adventure that mimics and embraces greek/roman mythology and turns it into a new, modern adventure for our young hero Percy to take on.
LibraryThing member drebbles
Life almost seems normal for Percy Jackson these days – he’s just about gotten through seventh grade without any problems and even made a new friend – Tyson. But things change quickly for the Son of Poseidon – he finds out the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned
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and he needs to find a cure before the camp is destroyed. He’s also been having dreams that his satyr friend Grover is in trouble and he is trying to find Grover before it is too late. Life is about to turn very interesting for Percy and his friends.

“The Sea of Monsters” is the action packed second book in Rick Riordan’s excellent Percy Jackson and the Olympians series aimed at readers aged 9 – 12 (the first book is “The Lightning Thief”). The similarities to Harry Potter are undeniable: in each book in this series Percy is a year older; Camp Half-blood is reminiscent of Hogwarts; there is a prophecy involving Percy; Percy’s two best friends are a boy and a girl; his friend Annabeth has a hat that makes her invisible; there is a cab ride that will remind readers of the Knight Bus; and there is a lot of magic in this book. Having said this, Riordan is a talented enough author to make readers forget about those similarities and enjoy this book (and the series) on its own merits. Percy is a great character who is still adjusting to the fact that his father is Poseidon and that there are gods out there trying to kill him. Riordan continues to do an excellent job of incorporating mythology into the story. There is a nice sense of humor throughout the book (you have to love Riordan’s take on Reality Television and who invented the internet) that will delight readers of all ages. There is a lot of action in this book and some scary moments but nothing too scary for young readers. Because this is part of a series the book ends on a cliffhanger that will have readers wanting to immediately read the third book in the series (“The Titan’s Curse”).

“The Sea of Monsters” is a fun book for readers young and old.
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LibraryThing member wvlibrarydude
A good juvenile series that mixes greek mythology in with modern day coming of age story. Plot twists are getting better as it progresses.
LibraryThing member readingrat
Percy is back and livin' out those Greek myths like only he can. I liked this sequel even better than the first one in the series.
LibraryThing member Mrhodes4b2
I love this series! It is like Harry Potter meets Greek Mythology. Another qwest that left me excited for the next book in the series.
LibraryThing member dreamerenglish2
Robert H.- I thought this book was great! There were where I was laghing and others it was really serious. Because the book was really good at changing moods, I kept reading. This is a five star book.
LibraryThing member Joles
A wonderful continuation to the tales of Percy Jackson. This book is written just as well as the first.

This book could stand alone.

Again, the characters are believable and the action continuous.

I look forward to the characters that will be added to the next book!
LibraryThing member krau0098
This is the second book in the "Percy and the Olympians" series by Rick Riordan. This was a good book and followed much in the vein of the second book. I listened to this book on audio and the quality of the audio book was wonderful!

Percy is having strange dreams about Grover, his satyr friend who
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recently left on his quest to search for Pan, being in trouble. Percy and his new friend, Tyson, are attacked by some questionable students during gym class and when Annabeth turns up to help them out Percy is in for a lot of surprises. Percy finds out someone has poisoned the protective pine tree at half blood camp and tons of monsters have been attacking while Percy's been away for the school year. Percy and crew find out that Grover has found the Golden Fleece and he is being held captive by the Cyclopes Polyphemus. When a quest is granted to go after the Golden Fleece it is not given to Percy and crew. Now they are stuck with trying to decide if they should leave school anyway and go after the Fleece.

This was a great book. It was action packed, fun to read, and full of a lot of good humor and great Greek mythology. This book follows in the footsteps of the first book. There is the addition of a lot of good evil characters, as well as some good helpful characters. The plot that ties these books together, the release of the Titan lord, is not resolved in this book but promises to continue full speed in the next book. Other than that this book wraps up nicely with one big surprise at the end.

I liked this book and am looking forward to the third one!
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LibraryThing member YouthGPL
Susan says: The saga of Percy Jackson and his friends continues on the next summer, much as Harry Potter continues on each school year. It turns out that in this school year Percy has befriended a homeless teen named Tyson, who ends up being a Cyclops and also Percy's brother. This opens Percy up
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for a lot of teasing at Camp Half-Blood, and he spends some time feeling guilty about that. But then Percy, Annabeth and Tyson go on an unauthorized quest to save Grover, who is trapped in a cave as a Cyclops' potential bride. There is a lot of humor in this book, along with Greek mythology which gets more and more specific as the books move on. There are also very loyal friends, and I think that is the only thing that helps Percy get through these dangerous quests. A good book with a lot of action, and I will keep reading in this series.
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LibraryThing member madisonpatrick
The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the Percy Jackson series. In this book Grover, Percy's satyr friend has been captured by a Cyclopes, a son of Poseidon with one eye. Percy has also made friends with Tyson, another Cyclopes who is claimed by Poseidon. Chiron is temporarily banned from camp
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by the gods due to the fact that Thalia's pine tree has been poisoned. The new activities director is cruel, and wishes nothing more than to humiliate Percy. Clarrise is sent on a quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece, which happens to be on the same island as Grover. Percy sneaks out of camp with Annabeth and Tyson. Together they embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters, a sea, which as it's name explains, is infested with monsters. In the end, they not only save Grover, but also the Golden Fleece. However, the Golden Fleece works a little too well, and Thalia is brought back to life.
I liked this book as much as the first one. It was a really well written book. It started kind of slow, but it picked up really fast. The book is great. I especially like the entrance of the empathy link. Which Grover did to connect him to Percy in order to get messages to him during his time with the Cyclopes. I thought Tyson was really sweet. All the characters were expressed well. You could always tell what they felt. I think Rick Riordan is an awesome author.
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LibraryThing member lindenstein
The second book in the series makes me believe that the series of books could potentially rival other series (HP, ahem) in its ability to stand the test of time. The books are shorter than HP, and they incorporate the mythological stories that we grow up sort-of learning about, but aren't forced to
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really remember how they are connected or remember them. The series brings a whole new light to this, and it is just a pleasure to read.The Sea of Monsters finds Percy and his friends on a new quest, which leads them into the Sea of Monsters (not to be redundant). I don't want to give anything away, so I'm going to just leave it at that. One aspect I really enjoy about this series is that Percy's mom is really supportive of him, and from his mother he learned the value of love, friends and family. It's a really positive message, and the books seem to be full of them.This book was equally enjoyable, quick-paced, easy-to-read, and overall just continued the good thing that Riordan started with his first book.
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LibraryThing member 59Square
The saga of Percy Jackson and his friends continues on the next summer, much as Harry Potter continues on each school year. It turns out that in this school year Percy has befriended a homeless teen named Tyson, who ends up being a Cyclops and also Percy's brother. This opens Percy up for a lot of
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teasing at Camp Half-Blood, and he spends some time feeling guilty about that. But then Percy, Annabeth and Tyson go on an unauthorized quest to save Grover, who is trapped in a cave as a Cyclops' potential bride. There is a lot of humor in this book, along with Greek mythology which gets more and more specific as the books move on. There are also very loyal friends, and I think that is the only thing that helps Percy get through these dangerous quests. A good book with a lot of action, and I will keep reading in this series.
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LibraryThing member wings2291
Another great read from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. In the second book of the series, Percy is living in relative normalcy until a team of cannibalistic dodge ball players shows up to dash any hopes of making it through one full year at school. Fleeing to the demigod summer camp,
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Half Blood Hill, Percy finds that his beloved sanctuary is not as it used to be. Percy sets off on a quest to not only save the camp that he loves, but also his best friend, while his nemesis Luke plans to overthrow the gods once and for all. Again a great read, the action was great and the plot was well thought out. Shorter than the first book, the Lightning Thief, the Sea of Monsters still continues to develop the characters involved as well as add new faces not seen yet creating a familiar setting for the reader while still adding new things into the old mix.
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