Published: 2014 (First published April 01, 2006)
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
“… if there is one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.”
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.
In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover 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.
Following up Percy’s story from the first book, the second installment, The Sea of Monsters, is another adventure story that would take us to the various threats of the sea.
I like the first book of this series but I could not really say that I love it. Although I love the characters. But the second book is what solidifies my love for this series. The first book has build-up the story for what was to come for the next books and I appreciate it more than while I was reading it. Seeing how the deceit and the unraveling of the consequences of the treachery that happens in the first book, this book feels like a pay-off for all that.
The plotline of this book is way better than the first. The new quest, the new adventure, and the new characters blend well together to make the book more appealing. I also like the adventure part of this book more than the first one. We also get to meet more greek mythology characters that I do not really know about until this book. In addition to that, the story also takes a turn that I did not expect. It’s not every day that the main character would give up the glory for someone else. We also get to know the story behind Grover’s failure that was mentioned in the first book and it added a layer of depth to his character and also to the kids that were with him.
But what I really like the most about this book is the friendship. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover’s friendship is the purest thing ever. I love how Percy will do anything for his friends and they would do the same in return. Also, we get to meet a new character that not only became a friend for Percy but a family. I think Rick Riordan is good at making his characters likable. Like what I mentioned in my review of the first book, every character in the story is developed quite well that you would make them an effective protagonist and antagonist and yet there is still room for more character development.
Moreover, the ending is a total cliffhanger. It makes me want to pick up the next book immediately. It’s funny how the villain was already considered as a good manipulator of one’s mind and yet they still fall for his trap and things still went his way without them knowing it. I am looking forward to reading the next book and I’ve heard that it was the best book in the whole series.
So that is all for this review.
Until next time!