Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Published: 2006

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 288 pages

Setting: from Camp Halfblood to the Bermuda Triangle and back

Interest: It’s the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (following The Lightning Thief)

Summary: Percy’s mom is trying to discourage him from going to camp because the protections around Camp Halfblood are failing after Thalia’s tree was poisoned and monster attacks are on the rise. After a¬†Laistrygonians giant attack in his school gym, Percy heads to camp. Once there, he sneaks out of camp to track down Grover and the Golden Fleece, both being held by Polyphemus, the cyclops who thinks satyrs are tasty. Percy is joined by Annabeth, Tyson (a cyclope kid) and Clarice (who’s technically leading the quest). After several battles, including two with Luke (who is trying to reform Tantalus), they rescue Grover and bring back the Golden Fleece to heal Thalia’s tree, bringing Thalia back to life.

Final thoughts: Why did I wait so long to read this? I enjoyed the first one, and just hadn’t gotten around to reading the next in the series. It’s full of action, fun, and good characters. Yes, Percy is the main character, but he is fallible and often relies on Annabeth and even Clarice to save him. The side story of having to accept a cyclops (usually considered a monster) as a brother was nice as well. I’ll follow Mr. Adventure’s advice and read the rest of the series sooner rather than later.

Title comes from: The Golden Fleece (and Grover) was being held in the Sea of Monsters (otherwise known as the Bermuda Triangle), and that was where most of the action was.

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