Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

July 4, 2013 Review 28 ★★★★

Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
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Publisher: Disney
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 279
Release Date: April 1st, 2006
Series: Percy Jackson #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
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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.

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I have to admit, this installment of the Percy Jackson series didn’t sound like it would have that interesting of a plot, and a lot of people told me that this book was their least favorite in the series. The plot was mildly disappointing and relatively uninteresting compared to the first book, but the overall writing and character development made it really enjoyable.

Percy Jackson is ready to go back to Camp Half-Blood for the summer but everyone seems to be warning him away from it, saying the camp was in danger. In addition to that, Percy has also been having dreams of his satyr best friend, Grover, in danger. Of course, Percy eventually ends up in Camp Half-Blood anyway, with a new friend in tow.

The main plot point here was introducing Tyson, a cyclops, who turned out to be Percy’s half brother. Grover also happens to be with a cyclops, one of the nastiest ones around. Everyone, even Annabeth, says no cyclops is to be trusted. They are all evil, cannibalistic beasts.

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Percy doesn’t believe that, because Tyson has been nothing but nice to him. Is there a “don’t judge based on appearances” moral here?

The main reason I liked THE SEA OF MONSTERS was the gorgeous writing, lovable characters, and totally awesome amazing ending involving Thalia. I can not wait to read the sequel.

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Overall: 4.3

28 Responses to “Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan”

  1. Kezia

    Yeah this is also my least favorite of the series… The plot was “meh” for me too, but I agree that the writing was great. I just realized the moral lesson about the cyclops but if you count the whole series, I think the overall message is “everyone can be a hero regardless of your flaws/weaknesses”.
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    • Alise

      I agree, that is definitely the overall theme of these books. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. On a side note, are you always online? xD

  2. Goldie

    Percy Jackson is one of my favorites, but I agree that the Sea of Monsters is a little boring. I think it would be more exciting up on the big screen though!

    My favorite in the series is the last book :)
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    • Alise

      Ooh, sounds interesting. I have to finish another book first but then I will definitely get to it!

  3. Ariella

    Yeah.. Sea of Monsters is my least favorite out of the series. I’ve actually never thought about the moral of this book or the entire series for that matter. I think Tyson is a great character despite being a cyclops. But the plot in this one is kinda “meh” for me.
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    • Alise

      I agree, although I haven’t read the rest of the series yet xD As long as the series ends strong, I think that is what people will remember.

  4. Charlotte Eve

    Oh, there are so many great memories with this book. Most of them include one of my past teachers using a deep, slow voice whenever Tyson spoke when she read aloud. It made for some funny moments when they were supposed to be serious :P

    I also think that there are a don’t judge based on appearances moral. Maybe even a don’t generalize groups of people moral? And yes, the characters in this series are so fun and loveable :D
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    • Alise

      Aw, that sounds awesome! My teachers never read chapter books to us. I think the whole series has a good moral, without it being preachy or in your face :) Plus the story is entertaining, so.

  5. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    I feel like I am the only one left who hasn’t started this series yet! I made the mistake of watching the film first, so it’s been difficult getting started on the first book, though all these positive reviews have definitely been more than encouraging. I’m glad you enjoyed this one overall and I hope you like the next installment! Lovely review!
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    • Alise

      I know what you mean, but I watched the movie first too and didn’t have a problem. They are pretty different. I hope you enjoy the series if you get around to reading it. Thank you!

  6. Aman

    Ah, you’re really making me wonder why I never stared this series, given that I love greek mythology and I actually enjoyed the first movie, so the book has got to be even better than that. Right? I will though, someday. But right now, I’m enjoying reading your reaction to this series and I’m so glad that you are loving it. Fabulous review :)
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    • Alise

      I still can’t believe they are others who haven’t started this series yet. I liked the movie too, and yes-I thought the book was excellent as well :) Thank you! :D

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