Book Review: “The Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan

Hello! I know, what a surprise. I am actually doing a spoiler review. If you recall, this was a series that I said I would never read. And I have decided to read them. This will probably be my project for the next few months. Just getting through these books. I really enjoyed The Lightning Thief and I have enjoyed everything else I’ve read from him, so I am excited to see what all the freaking hype is about with this series. But let’s get into the review!

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***

Synopsis:

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.”

Characters:

Percy Jackson: our main protagonist, he is witty, sarcastic, hilarious, and is the son of Poseidon. He can be a bit naive and act a bit stupid at times, but I really do like his character and how he is with the other characters.

Annabeth Chase: she is another one of our main protagonists, and she is my favorite character. She is the daughter of Athena and as such, she desires more knowledge, which can definitely cripple her at times.

Tyson: He is another of Poseidon’s children, one he had with a magical spirit or something. I am a bit fuzzy on the details, but he is adorable and really cares about Percy. I love how loyal he is to Percy and can we just appreciate the amount of times he saved Percy’s ass in this book?

Clarisse: As frustrating as she is, I don’t hate her. I thought I did, but I don’t. I find her to be a very interesting character. Her father is Ares and as such, he is putting pressure on her to pulverize Percy. And as horrible as she seems at times, she is very badass and can be nice. You know. Once every book. Maybe.

Luke: He is the son of Hermes and I don’t care what you say, I hate his character. I understand why he is doing what he is doing, but I also think he’s a complete idiot who is blinded by his revenge on the gods. I mean why in Hades would he think it is a good idea to raise Kronos? Why? Because he is an idiot, that’s why…

Plot:

The story starts off with Percy in his bed having a dream about Grover being in danger. That freaks him out and whatnot and might have contributed to his overall horrible day. So he’s at a new school. It’s the last day before Summer and he can go back to Camp Half-Blood. He has had no incidents all year. Until the last day. We learn of Percy’s large, but wimpy, friend Tyson, whom I immediately suspected as being his brother (I’ve seen the Sea of Monsters movie and vaguely remember details).

And then Monsters attack and Tyson fights like a boss. Annabeth comes and saves the,. The whole attack is blamed on Percy and he, Tyson, and Annabeth get a ride to the camp from the Gray Sister’s Taxi. The Gray Sister’s give Percy a series of numbers where what he wants is or something of that fashion. Anyway, they get there and start fighting monsters. Tyson saves Percy’s life and we learn that he is a cyclops. We also later learn that he is Percy’s brother when Poseidon claims him (HECK YEAH. I KNEW IT).

Chiron is forced to leave when he is blamed for the attack and this asshat named Tantalus replaces him. We also learned that the borders are weak because Thalia’s tree is sick; it was poisoned. There is also a chariot race and birds attack everyone (Annabeth and Percy are blamed, which angered me with the power of a thousand fiery suns). Percy has another dream of Grover and realizes (or rather Annabeth told him) of the Golden Fleece, something that would cure Thalia’s tree, is in the Sea of Monsters and it is where Grover is.

They try to get Tantalus to let them go, but being the asshat that he is, he sends Clarisse instead. Later that night, Percy walks outside of Camp Half-Blood and meets Hermes, Luke’s father. He gives him some items to help with the quest and sends him, Annabeth, and Tyson on a boat. The boat belongs to Luke. We learn that Luke is trying to awaken Kronos (HE IS AN IDIOT).

We figure out that Luke is the one who poisoned Thalia’s tree, Luke tries to get them killed, but they escape and go to one of the nearby safe houses Luke, Thalia, and Annabeth had when they were kids. They get there and quickly realize they need food, so Percy sends Tyson to get some donuts. Tyson does and as it turns out, that shop is a monster donut shop. They are attacked and Clarisse saves their asses. She reluctantly takes them on board and they go to the Sea of Monsters.

Long story short, the boat explodes and Tyson dies. Percy and Annabeth get along on their own and end up on Circe’s island. She casts a spell on the two of them. Annabeth goes back to a spa while Circe turns Percy into a guinea pig. The vitamins Percy got from Hermes come in handy when they prevent Annabeth from being turned into an animal and turn Percy back into a human. The other guinea pigs are turned back as well and they turn out o be none other than Blackbeard the pirate and his crew.

Annabeth and Percy escape on Blackbeard’s ship. They end up at this Siren’s cove where Annabeth nearly dies, but Percy saves her and brings her back to the ship. They make it to the cyclops’s island and Clarisse does too. She is tied up, reveals Grove (the bride) to be a satyr (I wanted to strangle this girl). Grover is taken prisoner and Clarisse is to be his new bride.

Somehow Percy ends up underneath one of the people eating sheep that the cyclops has to get into the cave where he’s keeping Clarisse and Grover. Annabeth, wearing her invisibility cap, enrages the cyclops to get him to remove the boulder and he does. Percy finds Grove and Clarisse. Annabeth is captured by the cyclops and her invisibility cap flies off.

To get him to let her go, Clarisse and Grover rush from his back while Percy distracts him from the front. Annabeth is dropped onto a rock and she is unconscious. To get away from him, they run across the bride with Clarisse holding Annabeth and cut the ropes on the drawstring bridge, but the cyclops has already made it to their side. Tyson jumps out and defends them. What do you know? He’s alive!

They start fighting all the way down to the beach and they start swimming to the boat when Clarisse opens her big mouth and the cyclops chucks a huge hunk of boulder at the ship and it sinks. So they ride these hippocampi and get to Miami where they will take them no further. And of all things to happen, they are taken captive by Luke. Again. But prior to this, they had sent Clarisse on ahead with the Fleece to Camp Half-Blood.

Long story short, Luke and Percy are sword fighting and Luke is winning because he has a shield Percy doesn’t. Percy is also dying. Chiron and his cousins save them and bring them to his camp. And they go back to Camp Half-Blood where the Fleece is laid against the three and immediately it starts healing it.

There are chariot races and this watch that Tyson made for Percy turns out to be a shield. He and Annabeth win the chariot races. Tyson leaves to go to his father’s underwater palace as an internship. The next night, while Annabeth is guarding the Fleece, something happens. The Fleece works all too well and it cured Thalia. She is awake. And then the book ends.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book, much more than The Lightning Thief. With The Lightning Thief, I just felt “meh” about the book. But this book is a completely different story. With this one, it immediately started out action-packed and I really enjoyed it. I love how we really got to know all of the characters so much more. A lot of interesting things happened and I feel like I learned a lot about Greek Mythology, which is always fun. Overall, I did really enjoy this book and I am excited to read the next book.

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4.5/5 hearts

Love You All to Luna and Back,

Allie

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