Friday, 18 March 2011
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Miramax (first published 2006)
After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson is finding his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any normal friends. But things don't stay quiet for long.
Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders that protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia. Only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name: The Bermuda Triangle.
Together with his friends, Percy must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn 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.
This is a really great series for ages around 9-12, but perhaps any older and you won't appreciate these books so much. That is why I shall try and review this book in a MG's eyes.
This novel is such a great way to enhance your knowledge of the Greeks. No, really, I now know quite alot about the different gods!
Characters in this book are fun, I especially love Annabeth, as she is smart, wise, and an awesome sword fighter! Percy is also a nice character, yet I found he sometimes made some really stupid decisions like, hey these a monster that could kill me out there, should I wait for Thalia, g
Grover and all of the others? Nah, I'm the son of Poseidon, I can do anything! I found that a very annoying trait in Percy.
I adore the setting in this book, namely Camp Half-Blood! I love the whole fighting, and training lessons, and the chariot races! It all just seems so awesome! If theres one thing Rick can do well, it's create a vivid image in your head!
The only other issue I had with these book was that it was very repetitive. There were monsters after monsters, and the characters always seemed to get away unharmed.
I'm really looking forward to the other books in this series. This is a fun and highly enjoyable series to read.