Release Date: April 1st, 2006
Series: Percy Jackson #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
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.
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.
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.