The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2)

78%

18 Critic Reviews

In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his compelling debut in this second adventure in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series...With humor, intelligence and expert pacing, the author uses this tale of believable teens and their high-stakes struggle to bring the mythical lore up to date...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson—a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends. But things don't stay quiet for long...
 

About Rick Riordan

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Author Bio: Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of three different mythology-based series for Disney-Hyperion: the best-selling Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series. The first book in the Kane Chronicles, The Red Pyramid, was a number 1 New York Times bestseller. The five books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series have sold millions of copies, been published in more than thirty countries, and inspired a major motion picture. Rick's novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
 
Published May 2, 2009 by Disney Hyperion. 290 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Sea of Monsters
All: 18 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2006

Though it’s doubtful Percy wouldn’t guess Tyson’s otherworldly connection immediately after the dodgeball game, and though some of the humor will zip over the heads of the target audience, Percy’s sardonic narration and derring-do will keep the pages turning.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 26 2015

In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his compelling debut in this second adventure in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series...With humor, intelligence and expert pacing, the author uses this tale of believable teens and their high-stakes struggle to bring the mythical lore up to date...

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Mel Odom on Feb 09 2008

I recommend reading the series in order, but there’s enough explanation that you can jump on anywhere. Kids who love fantasy novels and haven’t yet found these will thank you forever.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Mel Odom on Feb 09 2008

Just as Percy’s getting ready to go to Grover’s rescue, he also finds out that the Cyclops has the Golden Fleece...From that point on, my son and I were swept up in a whirlwind of adventures that placed us on the sea in a ship, shanghaied by zombie pirates, trapped between Scylla and Charybdis...

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Kidz World

Excellent
Reviewed by Kidzworld on Jul 06 2013

The Sea of Monsters is filled with one adventure after another. Percy and his friends encounter many mythical creatures on their quest, including a hydra, a cyclops, hippocampi, sirens and more. This is the second action-packed book in Rick Riordan's Greek mythology-inspired series...

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KidsReads

Above average
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Mar 20 2007

A sequel to THE LIGHTNING THIEF, THE SEA OF MONSTERS is, like its predecessor, infused with plenty of Greek mythology. In this case, most of the mythological references are to Homer's Odyssey...the novel doesn't take itself too seriously, and Percy's smart-alecky narration and witty chapter titles keep things fresh and funny.

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Shelf Life ~ Book reviews from the VC/UHV Library

Above average
Reviewed by Amanda Breu on Jan 11 2012

This is the second book in the series and I am completely hooked. The books are easy to read but enjoyable. Maybe it is my natural curiosity…maybe it is my love of learning…maybe it is my inner nerd…but the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series makes me want to learn more about Greek mythology.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Alaisdair Dewar on Dec 05 2011

The Lightning Thief had some great action and a great plot but Sea Of Monsters blows it out of the water (pun intended)...Rick Riordan has not only made these characters instant classics, he also has woven an intricately layered story between a collision of world and cultures to create a sequel worthy of its predecessor.

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Jen on Apr 26 2015

This witty, exciting read is filled with mythological gods, monsters, and battle scenes. Percy leaves school without permission to embark upon this risky adventure, but because the story is steeped in fantasy, the violence is relatively benign.

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Tiny Library

Good
Reviewed by Sam on Aug 23 2013

The Sea of Monsters is a good sequel to The Lightning Thief, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first volume...On the whole, The Sea of Monsters is a fun, action packed novel that is still wonderful escapism. I finished the book eager to move on to the next volume in the series.

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Kidsmomo

Good
Reviewed by You(th) on Jan 01 2014

This book is about Percy and his friend try to get the golden fleece because the tree that protects the half-blood camp is broken by a machine bull from Luke

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Books, Books, and More Books

Above average
Reviewed by nath on Feb 09 2010

On its own, the storyline of The Sea of Monsters is weak and not as interesting, but it does have some quite interesting twists...As a whole, The Sea of Monsters is not a bad book: it's well-written, the characters are getting more and more interesting, it does contain some good action and a few laughs.

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Murphy's Library

Above average
Reviewed by Maeva on Oct 14 2010

Poor Grover! That’s the first thought that crosses my mind whenever I remember about The Sea of Monsters...I liked The Lightning Thief more than The Sea of Monsters, but I laughed a lot with Grover on this book…

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Thirst for Fiction

Above average
Reviewed by Rhys on Jun 06 2015

...this episode continues the strong, exciting prose, and the concept seems to get better and better every time! Although this book does have some downsides, it is still very entertaining to read...All in all, it’s a great follow on, with a delightful ending that will have you groping for book three…

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Whimpulsive

Above average
Reviewed by SuziQoregon on Feb 14 2014

I enjoy the fun and adventure of this series...The second one is missing some of the surprises of the first since the idea of Half-Bloods, Greek Gods hanging around and various and sundry monsters are already established. Nevertheless I enjoyed the story. New monsters and other mythological gods and creatures were introduced.

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Winged Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Daphne on Jul 16 2013

Even though it would have been simple for Riordan to have just made this a bit of a filler on the way to a bigger conflict, he managed to really expand the mythology of the world and give the characters more depth. Plus, the cliffhanger ending is definitely motivation to move on to the next book.

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The Ramblings of a Kindle Addict

Good
Reviewed by Gina on Sep 25 2012

Pacing is fast, with a serious mood. However, author Rick Riordan, never seems to have any problems brightening spirits with humorous tones...I recommend this book to young readers with an extra emphasis on the boys. This is another action packed, adventure which will keep even the most reluctant readers turning pages.

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The Crowded Leaf

Good
Reviewed by Alayne on Apr 01 2010

With a plethera of monsters, adventure, hanging-on-by-the-edge-of-your-teeth, and perilously-close-to-death goings-on, The Sea of Monsters successfully continues my enjoyment of a youthful adventure series.

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