Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney/Hyperion
Date Published: April 1, 2006
Rating: 4/5
 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.
First, a little background. I first read The Lightning Thief in my Children’s Literature class in college. After most of a semester reading mainly picture books, I was excited to get something with a little more meat. And meat I got.
Here was how that played out. I read The Lightning Thief right before Christmas break. I blew through it, went to my daddy and demanded the wicked cool box set for Christmas. After enough nagging and a bookseller discount later, I got it.
I didn’t wait until Christmas to open it.


And now. Book Two. Warning: if you haven’t read the first Percy Jackson book, there might be some spoilers by default. You are warned.
Do you remember reading The Odyssey in English class at some point through high school? No? Do you remember sleeping through The Odyssey in English class? Either way, this is The Odyssey. Only better. Not even Homer could create the awesomeness of Percy Jackson as a character.
Percy and Annabeth are off on an adventure across the sea to find Grover and the Golden Fleece. And they come across a dangerous spa, sirens and a man-eating, blind cyclops all topped with the snarky wit of Percy. Delightful.

What I loved about this book besides the ridiculously funny humor (which is in every book) was that this is the first book where we get Annabeth and Percy working together. Yes, they worked together in the first book, but I never got the feeling they saw eye-to-eye in their motives. Here, they do. AND on top of that, you get to know more about Annabeth and her awesome, slightly heart-breaking past.

Of course, Rsquared (as the fandom so lovingly calls Mr. Riordan) had to leave the book (as all of his books go) on a huge freaking cliffhanger. Which is completely fine when you have the entire series sitting next to you in a convenient box. Unlike my life right now (see upcoming review of Son of Neptune).

Lastly, I feel compelled to share my favorite line in the book, and possibly the entire series. The slightly immatureish nature of the joke makes me laugh like a 10-year-old every single time and I don’t even care.
[they are rock climbing up a sheer rock wall]
“A minute later Annabeth hit a slippery patch of moss and her foot slipped. Fortunately, she found something else to put it against. Unfortunately, that something was my face.”
Delightful.

3 comments:

  1. This was my favorite book in the series!! I even wrote a paper about the parallels between Sea of Monsters and the Odyssey while in college :)

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  2. I can't believe you got to read this is in a class!! I want to take that class :P
    I love these books to death. I'm thinking I need to reared them now.

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  3. I wish my college had a Children's Literature course, unfortunately they are lacking in the literature department and I feel like I am learning the same texts in every course. It is sad because they have a Creative Writing major here, but are really lacking in that department. I bring it up to at least one of my professors every year it seems.

    Anyway, I am reading the first book in this series right now and I am absolutely loving it! Percy has to be on of my favorite characters of all time, his humor is great.

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