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.
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
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!
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.
This book was written for children and teens though I know quite a few adults who are enjoying this series as well. It can be entertaining for any age though there is not as much guess work for those of us who know the myths. You can read my book blog entry on this book here