Rick Riordan – The Sea of Monsters
Read my review of book:
1. The Lightning Thief
Length: 279 pages
Genre: Mid-Grade Fantasy
Started: 10 March 2012
Finished: 11 March 2012
Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I enjoyed the first book in the series more than I was expecting to, so I thought I’d carry on.
cruise sounds like less fun when you
keep fighting monsters.
Summary: Percy Jackson has almost survived an entire year of school – something that wouldn’t be a big deal for ordinary kids, but Percy’s the son of Poseidon, and therefore not exactly ordinary. But on the last day of class, a dodgeball game turns deadly when the opposing team turns out to be monsters. Percy flees school, hoping to find sanctuary at Camp Half-Blood, but something’s gone very wrong there, as well. The tree that protects the camp has been poisoned, and there are monsters testing its borders. Furthermore, Percy’s been having nightmares that his best friend Grover (a satyr) is in terrible trouble. So now it looks like it’s up to Percy, his friend Annabeth, and his younger brother Tyson (who he just learned existed) to not only save Grover, but also find the mystical artifact that can save Camp Half-Blood.
Review: Darn it, Rick Riordan! I’ve come to suspect that you are almost single-handedly wearing down my resistance to mid-grade action/adventure fiction. Or maybe just my resistance to mid-grade action/adventure fiction that is entirely based on Greek mythology, and the presence of ancient gods in the modern world, and that has a really good, snarky sense of humor that doesn’t rely entirely on fart jokes. Which, I guess I probably didn’t have that big of a resistance to in the first place, since mythological fiction and snark are two of my favorite things. But still!
These books are clearly not Serious Literature, and I read them 100% for their entertainment value. But on that score, they serve their purpose well: funny, fast-moving, with plenty of twists and turns and a pinch or two of some more serious issues to keep them grounded. I liked The Sea of Monsters maybe just a little bit less than The Lightning Thief, since it stuck primarily to one myth (parts of the Odyssey, although with a touch of of Jason and the Argonauts), so it was easier to tell what was coming, and there wasn’t as much variety in the “spot the clever modern use of mythological source material” side of things. But that didn’t stop me from tearing through this book, and thoroughly enjoying myself. 4 out of 5 stars.
Recommendation: Don’t start with the second book, of course, but if you like your fiction with a heavy dose of mythology, you’ll definitely get a kick out of this series.
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