Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters Book Review
Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters is a fantasy adventure book which is the second book in the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. The book was written by Rick Riordan and was published by Miramax Books. Percy Jackson and The Olympians series follows Percy Jackson, the main character, and his friends, completing quests and going through obstacles along the way. The book is a sequel to “Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief”, which is the first book of the series. The series is also based on Greek mythology, so Greek gods and Greek Monsters are included in the books as well. Recently, this book has been made into a film, starring Lohan Lerman as Percy, and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth.
In this book, 13 year old Percy Jackson went on an adventure to save Camp Half- Blood with his friends, Annabeth, Clarisse, and his half-brother Tyson, who is a Cyclops. Percy, Annabeth and Clarisse are half-bloods, which means that they are half human, half Greek god. Percy and Tyson are sons of Poseidon; Annabeth is the daughter of Athena; and Clarisse is the daughter of Ares. In the mortal world, there’s only one place that is safe for half- bloods, which is Camp Half- Blood. This special camp protects half-bloods from being attacked or killed by monsters. There are magical borders around this camp to prevent monsters coming in, and also a pine tree at the top of Half-Blood Hill; which is what Thalia’s (the daughter of Zeus and also a half blood) spirit got turned into after she died. Thalia’s spirit had reinforced the magical borders of the camp ever since.
The story shifts when Percy and his friends learned that the camp was in trouble. He, Annabeth and Tyson immediately went to the camp, where they learned that someone had poisoned Thalia’s pine tree. Therefore, this led to the magical borders failing because Thalia’s tree was dying. The camp itself was also failing; monsters were attacking the camp constantly.
At the same time that this happened, Percy had been having dreams about Grover, a satyr who had protected Percy from his first quest (in the previous book). A satyr’s job is to take demigods (another word for half-bloods) safely into the camp. He was Percy’s keeper the previous time Percy and his friends went out to complete a quest, and after when the quest was completed, he took off to search for Pan, god of flocks and shepherds, who had been missing centuries ago. Lots of satyrs had been searching for him, but none had ever returned. Percy had been having dreams about Grover being in danger, being stuck in Polyphemus, a Cyclops’s cave. Grover had been talking to Percy about how he ended up there, and that Polyphemus is the one who had the Golden Fleece. Percy knew he needed to go and rescue Grover as soon as possible.
Percy told Annabeth about his dreams, and Annabeth knew exactly what the Golden Fleece was. She explained to Percy that its a magic can revitalize any land where it’s placed, as well as cure sickness, strengthen nature, clean pollution. In short, it could also cure Thalia’s tree and strengthen the borders of the camp. Percy announces to everyone about his dreams, except the camp director decided to give the quest to Clarisse.
Later on, Percy, Annabeth and Tyson sneaked out of the camp to find the Golden Fleece and find Grover; they managed to do this with the help of Hermes, Messenger of the Gods. Along their way, they faced many challenges and overcame many obstacles.
From my personal opinion, I think this is a very exciting and fun book. There’s a gripping story line to it, which makes me want to read more and more. Not only that, the book is based on Greek myths, a subject that I find interesting. The language used is not difficult; therefore, I think children about 8-years-old or above could start reading (or have a parent read it to them). The plot is very entertaining and grabs the reader’s attention. I would definitely recommend this book to people who loves adventurous stories and people who enjoys learning about heroes, monsters and magic.