April 1st 2006, Miramax
279 pages, Hardcover
2nd in the Percy Jackson series
Middle Grade Fiction
After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson is finding 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.
Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders that protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia. Only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name: The Bermuda Triangle.
Together with his friends, Percy must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family, one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.
I’m not as crazy about this one as I was the first, but it was still good. It had a ton of action, great character building, and a storyline that would hold even Percy's attention.
Tyson was one of the best things about this book. He is such a lovable big baby. He is courageous when it’s needed and will sacrifice everything for Percy.
Annabeth seems to be falling for Percy and Percy is at that age where it’s not obvious to him that girls exist in that way, so this is endearing to both characters.
Percy is growing up and he dislikes killing things even when they are attempting to kill him, which can get annoying. It is also part of why we love him, but him not wanting to kill makes him vulnerable again and again.
I like that Hermes isn't going to give up on his son regardless of how many times he does things against the gods.
The major flaw with this book is the action can feel forced at times. This book is aimed at 10-14 year olds with short attention spans so I understand the need for constant action, but at times it felt like he was throwing in a monster just to add action and not really add anything to the story.
The copy editor didn't do a great job on this one either. There are typos that really shouldn't be there in a book produced at this level.