Title: The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2
Previous Book: The Lightning Thief
Next Book: The Titan’s Curse
Source: Personal Purchase
Description from Goodreads:
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.
I decided to reread The Sea of Monsters after watching the movie and not remembering any of it, and I’m not really surprised. The movie was so different (more on that in an upcoming Book-to-Movie Friday)! However, I’m also really surprised by how little of the book’s storyline I remembered!
I thought that the beginning of The Sea of Monsters was really good, definitely better than the movie! I had forgotten all about how Percy had met Tyson and about his empathy link with Grover. I love how bits and pieces of what’s going on are shown to us through Percy’s dreams.
We get to meet more gods/goddesses in The Sea of Monsters, which I really liked. I like how Riordan portrays all of the different gods and how they interact with Percy. I also really love the relationship between Percy and Tyson, and his growing friendship with Annabeth. Clarisse is still a jerk, but the dynamic between her and Percy is still really interesting to read.
I felt like the story was a bit rushed, but at the same time, lacking excitement. I felt like a lot was packed into too few pages, so a lot of stuff didn’t feel developed enough. I still enjoyed The Sea of Monsters, but I just didn’t find it as interesting as the other books in the series. It was still pretty good, though.