Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It doesn't take two eyes to see the excitement!

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)
Rick Riordan

Is this book still cheesy? Yes. Do totally impractical and unexplained events occur? Yes. Do I still love the world of modern Greek demigods? Yes!

After (almost) successfully completing an entire year at school, Percy starts his last day with a feeling of dread. He has been having weird dreams about Grover (who is still on his quest to find Pan) and managed to become friends with the social outcast at his school - a gigantic boy, Tyson, who is not the sharpest tool in the shed. I'll just say that Percy's feeling was right and he ends up running to Camp Half-Blood for his life, with Tyson in tow.

When they get to Camp, amazingly with Annabeth, they find that the Thalia Tree has been poisoned and, with it's death, the Camp defenses are down...the Camp has been under near-constant attack all year. To add insult to injury, Chiron has been accused of poisoning the tree and fired! The only thing that can save them now is to find The Golden Fleece, which is conveniently tied to the Grover storyline, but can they return it from The Sea of Monsters?!

This series is written for a younger age than the YA books I typically read but I still enjoy it. I have to occasionally suspend my reason and logic and just embrace the events that are occurring. The books are highly entertaining, quick reads, and I can totally see why they are a huge hit among elementary school kids! I will be picking up the next installment in the not-too-distant future.

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