The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series by Rick Riordan which is a young adult fantasy novel that includes Greek Mythology that was published on April 1, 2006 by Miramax Books.
I’m going to include a spoiler-free section and a spoiler-filled section.
If you haven’t read The Lightning Thief, I recommend that you don’t read ahead because the spoiler-free section might have spoilers from the first book.
We start the book off at the end of the school year of the new regular school that Percy Jackson attends. Percy’s a half-blood because his mother is a human and his father is the God of the Sea, Poseidon.
In this book in the series, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before Half-Blood Camp is destroyed with Annabeth Chase and Percy’s new friend Tyson.
I really enjoyed rereading this book. It’s still shocking how Annabeth and Percy still trust everyone around them even though last time they trusted someone, it didn’t end so well.
I liked seeing the process of the Kronos storyline and how Annabeth and Percy’s friendship becomes more important to them as time goes by.
I really enjoyed this book because Percy’s so sassy and sarcastic at the wrong times and he always makes me laugh. I haven’t read these books since middle school and I’m happy I’m finally rereading it, it’s bringing back so many nostalgic thoughts.
I also loved seeing Chiron and Grover again and how they care. The storyline from the first book is continued into this one.
If you haven’t read this book series, you really should, especially if you like Greek Mythology.
In the beginning of the book, we’re introduced to a new charcater Tyson who gets bullied and is kind of child-like and cries most of the time. Percy finds himself protecting him even though everyone makes fun of him because of it. Later, we find out that Tyson is a one-eyed “monster” called a Cyclops.
His relationship with Percy went nicely. Like, when Percy finds out that they are half brothers, he was embarrassed by him and felt like ashamed of it. At first, it was pity and then it turned into actual caring and love. And it was really sad when Percy thought he died when the ship exploded (Even though I believed he was still alive, there was so no way he could’ve died) , and when he think about all of the things Tyson would’ve enjoyed in the trip. And when they were with the mean Cyclops, it reminded him of Tyson so he tried to give him another chance to be good which didn’t end well but it was cute how he thought of Tyson. Tyson ende dup saving them most of the time throughout this adventure which made me happy.
Annabeth shows up at the beginning of the book and she tells Percy that the camp is dying because the tree that Thalia was made into is dying. They get to camp and it’s described to be deadly looking. Once they get to camp, they find out that Mr. D blamed it on Chiron and I believed that it wasn’t him from the beginning.
Later in the book, we find that they blamed Chiron because he’s the son of the Kronos which was a shock to me honestly. We also find out that Luke was the one who poisoned the tree in order for them to make a quest where they get the Golden Fleece so he can use it to bring back Kronos.
We actually meet Hermes in this book who’s Luke’s father and he tells Percy to try and get his son back. It was cool to see one of the Gods actually show that he cares about his son. I also enjoyed the snakes that was connected to his phone, they made me laugh.
Percy gets turned into a guinea pig when he once again trusts someone that he knows deep down that he shouldn’t. I felt a moment between Annabeth and Percy when she finds out what C.C. did to him. Especially when she turns him back to human form and she hugs him and she’s like “I’m glad you’re not a guinea pig.” I don’t know like that simple moment just made my whole heart happy.
Also, when we meet the Sirens and Annabeth wanted to hear the song and I’m just like don’t be dumb, this is not going to end well and I was right. She was literally swimming to her death and I loved how Percy came to the rescue and he realizes that she can’t hear the song underwater so he sinks them both and with his powers, he creates a bubble with oxygen in there so she is able to breathe. & she puts her head on his shoulder and he holds her.
Clarisse stressed me out in this book. Especially when they were escaping from the Cyclops and she was shouting mean things at him like why made you think that was a good idea? Like he ends up throwing something at the boat and sinking it.
At the end of this book, I literally gasped so hard when the Golden Fleece not only saved the tree and camp but turned Thalia ; the daughter of Zeus back into human form. Like when I first read this book, I had no idea that this was going to happen. We learn more about the prophecy in this book and it says any child born from the Big Three’s can change the Western Civilazation in a negative or positive way when they turn 16. Before, it was clearly going to be Percy but now that Thalia is back, there’s a chance that she might be the one that the prophecy is talking about.