Book Reviews

Book Review: Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters


Synopsis (Goodreads): 

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.


Just like the first book, this book is full of action and adventure, and like in the first book, we follow the adventure of Percy, Annabeth and Grover. But, in this book, Grover went missing during his search for Pan and so he needed to be rescued. Therefore, he made a kind of connection with Percy to tell him where he is trapped, which is in the sea of monsters. But, in this book, another member was added to their team, Tyson, Percy’s half brother who is a Cyclops.

In the beginning, Percy and Tyson were friends and Percy was always there to his rescue in school, but when Percy learned that they are actually brothers, he started to feel embarrassed by him, especially when his best friend, Annabeth, is not a fan of Cyclops because of her history with them. But, at the end, Tyson proved them wrong. He wasn’t like the other Cyclops, he was sweet and nice and childlike. And even though he had that big monstrous look, he was still innocent.

Meanwhile, the camp was getting weaker and the Thalia, the tree and daughter of Zeus, was poisoned and so to help her, they needed to get the Golden Fleece, which is located on the sea of monsters and so their quest was to save Grover and get the fleece. However, they knew that their task won’t be easy because Luke, their ultimate enemy, is looking for the fleece too to help Kronos rise from the dead.

As for the writing, it didn’t change at all. The book is still funny and light and I laughed out loud while reading it. I loved that we get to sense that the characters are growing up in every book because in the first book, I felt that I was reading from a 13-years-old point of view, but the more the books progress, the voice of the characters grow up.

I loved this book and everything about it, and let’s just take a minute and appreciate the amazing cliffhangers that make us want to start the next book immediately.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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