The Sea of Monsters
Rick Riordan : Haley Huebert
Some important figures:
First Person Point-of-View : Heroism/Self-Sacrifice : Fiction
So the story goes...
The school year really ends with a bang for Percy Jackson when he plays dodgeball with giant, fire-resistant, cannibals in PE. After such a crazy end to the school year Percy returns, for the summer, to his favorite place in the whole world: Camp Half-Blood. Only to find, however, that the tree that creates a magical border and protects the camp from monsters has been poisoned. The whole camp will soon be overrun by monsters if a cure for the tree is not found. Percy discovers more bad news when he realizes, through a dream, that his best friend Grover has been captured by a Cyclops. Percy does have some good luck, finally, when he discovers that Grover and the cure for the tree, the Golden Fleece, are on the same remote island in the Sea of Monsters. Against the orders of the camp director, Percy, his brother Tyson, and his friend Annabeth set off on a quest to rescue Grover and save the camp. Along their journey they encounter many heroes and monsters including a demigod traitor, Luke, who works for the evil Titan Lord Kronos, Clarisse, a demigod hero who is charged with finding the Golden Fleece, and an evil sorceress named Circe who turns Percy into a guinea pig. Percy, Tyson, and Annabeth reach the island of Polyphemus where Grover and the Fleece are located just in time. The three heroes, along with Clarisse, battle Polyphemus and defeat him by stabbing him in the eye. Percy, Tyson, Annabeth, Clarisse, and Grover all return to Camp Half-Blood with the Golden Fleece. The Golden Fleece heals the tree and saves the camp. However, with its strong healing powers the Fleece does something no one expected. The Golden Fleece heals the spirit of Thalia in the tree and brings her back to life!
“Hermes gazed up at the stars. 'My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it. It doesn't matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don't appreciate your genius for inventing the Internet--”
-Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters
Was the ending satisfactory?
The ending was indeed satisfactory because the heroes accomplish their mission, but it also includes a huge plot twist. The Sea of Monsters ends with so much uncertainty because the whole plot gets changed with the introduction of a new character.
What did you enjoy about the book?
One of the things I enjoyed most about the book is how creative the author is. Rick Riordan connects Greek Mythology to the modern world in such an amazing way! His writing is so clever and makes me laugh.
Would you recommend this book?
I would definitely recommend this book! It is an easy read that keeps you interested. Rick Riordan creates such a detailed and entertaining story that you won't want to put it down. This is especially true if you have an interest in Greek Mythology!
What interesting or notable facts do you know about the author?
One interesting fact about Rick Riordan is that he has a son named Haley! Also, the character of Percy Jackson is partly based on this son.