Sabtu, 08 September 2012

Book Review for: Sea of Monsters

Book Review for: "Sea of Monsters"
Percy Jackson and Olympians Book 2
Written by: Rick Riordan
Hyperion Books
ISBN: 0-7868-5686-6
Avail: as print & eBook
5 Stars

Reviewed by: S. Burkhart

Riordan pens a story stuffed with action, adventure, and myths with "Sea of Monsters." When the tree that guards Camp Half Blood is poisoned and Chiron accused of the deed, Percy and his friends must find the golden fleece to save the camp, but will Luke stand in their way?

The story opens with Percy having a decent year at school, but as summer approaches, Percy finds himself befriending Tyson, an odd teenager to say the least. After Percy is attacked at school, he learns that Tyson is a cyclops and Camp Half Blood is under siege. Thalia, the tree that guards the camp is dying. Chiron is blamed and banished. Percy makes it back to the camp where he discovers the golden fleece can save the camp, but unfortunately, Percy's friend, Grover, is being held captive by the cyclops that guards the fleece. Percy demands to go on a quest.

Tantalus, the new camp director, refuses to let Percy go. Instead, he sends Clarisse, Ares' daughter, to visit the Oracle. Clarisse is thrilled. Percy is bummed. He goes to hang out on the shore near the water where he's approached by Hermes, the messenger of the gods. Hermes encourages Percy to seek out Grover and the fleece despite it being Clarisse's quest. With Annabeth and Tyson by his side, and equipped for anything with a couple of gifts from Hermes, Percy is off. His first stop - the cruise ship Princess Andromeda where Luke is hiding. Percy soon learns nothing is what it seems when he discovers Kronus on the ship. Can Percy recover the fleece in time to save the camp?

Riodan's writing is crisp and easy to read. The plot flows well. Riodan uses a good economy of words to paint vivid pictures without lingering. The dialogue adds a nice authenticity to the story.

What I enjoyed about the story was how Riodan has made the Greek myths and heroes appealing to today's younger audience. Percy and his friends have incredible powers, yet they move easily within the modern world. Heck, even Hermes has updated his looks with a jogging suit.

The most rewarding part was the characterization. Percy shows a burgeoning maturity as he comes to care and protect Tyson. Tyson's loyalty is admirable and Annabeth, as well as Clarisse, show true strength and courage.

Riodan takes the reader on Percy's adventures through the sea of monsters and leaves them biting their nails. The ending had me on the edge of my seat, wanting more.

"Sea of Monsters" is a fine sequel to "The Lightning Thief." I highly recommend it for young readers in 4th grade on up. The story's sense of adventure will resonate with readers long after they finish.

StephB is an author who likes to read many books and a variety of different genres. StephB is an author at http://www.Writing.Com/ which is a site for Creative Writing.

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