Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Book Critique 2016 – 02/08/2016: The Sea Of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians - Book II)

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.
For the review of all the books: Go here.

Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: A thoroughly enjoyable book and definite pick for young readers

The second book in the series Percy Jackson & The Olympians was titled The Sea Of Monsters and published in April of 2006. Rick Riordan continues the adventures of the demi-god Percy Jackson (son of mortal woman and the Greek go Poseidon) in the new school that Percy joins the following year. He is thirteen year old in this book. The movie version of the book was released in 2013 which I havent watched yet. So my take is solely based on characters imagined from the first movie/book and new ones introduced in this book.

The story starts with Percy in a new school where an odd kind of child - Tyson - is being bullied by kids who are human-form of Laestrygonians - giant cannibals from Greek mythology. Annabeth comes to Percy's rescue when he tries to defend Tyson and takes them to Camp Half-Blood. They arrive at a point when the camp is being attacked by two bronze Colchis Bulls. Tyson defeats them and saves the camp. However Thalia's tree has been poisoned so the camp is left vulnerable to attacks. Percy dreams of Grover and realizes that Grover is captured at some place where he found The Golden Fleece - the fleece of the gold-hair[a] winged ram, which was held in Colchis - that can help cure Thalia's tree of it's poison. The camp also has new counsellor - Tantalus who refuses to send Percy on a quest for the fleece. Instead the prophecy is given to Clarisse La Rue - daughter of mortal woman and Greek God Ares. This time the prophecy reads:

You shall sail the iron ship with warriors of bone,
You shall find what you seek and make it your own,
But despair for your life entombed within stone,
And fail without friends, to fly home alone.

Clarisse sets on her quest to find the Golden Fleece while Percy, Annabeth and Tyson runaway from the camp to find Grover. Thus begins the second adventure for Percy Jackson. He comes across Luke again in this episode but not as an ally but as a foe. They - Percy, Annabeth and Tyson - get attacked by various monsters through this adventure - a hydra on a swamp; a sea monster named Charybdis; Scylla - another sea monster who lived on the opposite side of where Charybdis lived; the sorceress Circe - daughter of Hekate - who runs a spa and resort luring men to her island and turning them to pigs; crew of notorious pirate Blackbeard - son of Greek god Ares and finally the Golden Fleece.

An amazing ride it was for me through the wonders - some astonishing and some frightening - of this book. Read through it yourself to see what the prophecy given to Clarisse means. How it impacts their search for Golden Fleece and what do the camp half-blood demi-gods learn in the end. It wasn’t too hard to visualize the characters and at one point they became too real for me. All this had put me on edge and craving for the next book in the series to see what the fate of the rest of the half-bloods would become of.
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