Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians #2
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 3rd, 2006
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology
The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.
Wow. I am still loving this series. It’s getting even harder to not read, and focus on studying.
As for the characters, I am loving Luke. I know, how could I? Really. But it’s so interesting – it’s like me loving Draco in Harry Potter, forever and always. I love it when the villain has such a different view on things, but when you put yourself in their shoes you can really understand where they’re coming from. It’s not an invalid point of view, you know. Luke is just so interesting. I was actually disappointed by how little he actually appeared in the book. I’d almost say I want some short stories from Luke’s point of view.
I still love Annabeth too. Strong female characters never cease to amaze me. I loved the scene with the sirens (possibly my favorite scene in the book), because you really got to see another side of her as well. Hubris being her flaw… that was so beautifully written. I totally love it. I wish we’d gotten to know more about the relationship between her and Luke though. When Luke was around, the entire narrative was too focused on Percy, in my opinion. I really hope we get to know more about Luke and Annabeth in the next book then.
And the introduction of Hermes was amazing. I loved it. Riordan does a super amazing great job at giving personalities to the gods. I just can’t wait to continue the series and read more about the others.
The ending was great. I must admit, ever since they told Thalia’s story in the first book I immediately started imagining how awesome it would be if she would come back to life. You know, Zeus’s daughter. How completely awesome would that be? So it wasn’t the most amazing, startling twist in the story (Riordan could perhaps improve on surprising his audience a bit) but it’s still a really exciting twist. I can’t wait to continue on with the story. Thalia just seems so interesting and appealing to me.
Only negative points: once again, the story is just too short!!! It’s nice for a quick read, but when it’s a story as interesting, intricate, and appealing as this one, you just want more development, of characters, relationships, and settings. [I guess it’s understandable, as the entire story takes place over like two weeks, but why just two weeks? Couldn’t that be stretched?]
A second point would be the predictability of the twists. And finally, the prophecy bit. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Because it immediately says the prophecy happens when Percy turns 16? So like.. in another 3 books? Well I was going to read all of them anyway, but right now that just seems really daunting, like they’re going to stretch this out forever. So here’s to hoping that the story will continue being awesome and not drag in the middle!!