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The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 2)
The Sea of Monsters - Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 2
Author: Rick Riordan
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 Ann...  more
ISBN-13: 9781423103349
ISBN-10: 1423103343
Publication Date: 4/1/2007
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Young Adult
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  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 368 ratings
Publisher: Miramax
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 2) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is a fairly good book, but the more I read this series, the more I am convinced that this author merely started writing it so he could get in on the marketing niche mad popular by series like Artemis Fowl, Septimus Heap, and Harry Potter.

So far, Percy story has the stereo-typical, misunderstood hero plot devices:
1) He's trying to do good while there's still adults, who are supposed to be his guardians, harassing him about being a trouble-maker.
2) He goes off to school... ahh hem... I mean camp, which is a place for other children like himself.
3) He has a know-it-all girl sidekick.
4) There's a bad guy who's coming back for revenge.
5) A prophecy is also a part of the story.

Plus, several other things that I don't need to take the time to mention because you get the point.

So, if you're expecting a series with something new and exciting, you may be disappointed. But, if you're looking for an interesting spin on some classic mythologies and a few laughs, this isn't a bad book for any age.
reviewed The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 2) on + 159 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I have to say that I enjoyed this book more than the first one, and that's not something I can usually say about sequels/ subsequent books in a series. I felt that the first one, The Lightening Thief, was just OK (though of course a necessary read to follow the rest of the series). This one, I feel, was much more interesting, and left me eagerly waiting for the other books off my wishlist! One thing that I have to say about Percy compared to other characters in similar genres is that Percy is flawed and isn't trying to be a hero. He doesn't exude that "perfect" aura that other characters in similar genres seem to do. He's basically a kid thrown into these wild situations and he doesn't pretend like he knows what he's doing...he's just hoping to survive. I like the fact that he's a flawed hero, it makes him more realistic.

Anyway, this particular book finds Percy at the end of a rather quiet school year, but of course the start of summer brings him the start of a new adventure! This time he isn't the one who is sent on the quest by Camp Half-Blood (someone else is picked for that), but rather one of the gods sends him instead as a personal favor. Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson have to rescue Grover from a rather bizarre situation and find the Golden Fleece to save Camp Half-Blood. The ending certainly plants some important plot seeds for the next book! For some strange reason, Tyson (newly introduced in this book) is now my favorite character. Go figure! :-P
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Helpful Score: 2
A good follow-up to the Lightning Thief. Our least favorite in the series but still an excellent book! If you have a child who is slightly interested in Greek Mythology or even if they aren't, give them this book to read. They will love it!
reviewed The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 2) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is a fairly good book, but the more I read this series, the more I am convinced that this author merely started writing it so he could get in on the marketing niche mad popular by series like Artemis Fowl, Septimus Heap, and Harry Potter.

So far, Percy story has the stereo-typical, misunderstood hero plot devices:
1) He's trying to do good while there's still adults, who are supposed to be his guardians, harassing him about being a trouble-maker.
2) He goes off to school... ahh hem... I mean camp, which is a place for other children like himself.
3) He has a know-it-all girl sidekick.
4) There's a bad guy who's coming back for revenge.
5) A prophecy is also a part of the story.

Plus, several other things that I don't need to take the time to mention because you get the point.

So, if you're expecting a series with something new and exciting, you may be disappointed. But, if you're looking for an interesting spin on some classic mythologies and a few laughs, this isn't a bad book for any age.
reviewed The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 2) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I am liking this series more and more. The first book was good but nothing fantastic. I thought this book was a lot better. It wasn't as repetitive as the first in the series and that made it more enjoyable. The Greek Mythology references are fun and I will be reading the third book soon.
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reviewed The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 2) on + 6 more book reviews
After reading The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1), my ten year old daughter & I were reading to dive into this one. So glad we could find it on PaperBackSwap! Action, suspense, kid-friendly - my daughter & I took turns reading this out loud.

I like how this series ignites an interest in classical mythology, geography, and history, while at the same time telling Percy's story about growing up with a single mom, having to deal with school bullies, living in the city, and other things so many kids can relate to.

Highly recommend!
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Second book in the series - just as good as the first. Students love this book & the continued interaction with the Greek Mythological creatures. Read it before you see the movie.
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Although I see some similarities to Harry Potter (school/camp for kids with powers, evil force being slowly brought back to power), this series contains sufficient original material to keep me entertained. I really like how it introduces Greek mythology to young adults.

After seeing the movie based on book #1, this is the first of the books that I've read. There are some major differences and I prefer the awkwardness of the book characters to the overly cool Hollywoodness of the movie versions. (For the record, Percy is only 13 in this book, a year after the first book took place. The movie version features a 16- or 17-year old who is, of course, quite easy on the eyes.)

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