Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters

Since I had bought the box set for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I was incredibly eager to pick up the second book as soon as I had finished the first one. These books are so well written, it's easy to get through them. If you haven't picked up the series, I would definitely suggest doing so. I wrote about the first book in a previous blog post, so if you haven't seen that I would definitely go check it out. 

In the second book, we meet back up with Percy Jackson and his friends from the first book, Grover and Annabeth. However this time, we meet up with another very important character, Tyson. Tyson is a boy at Percy's school, who is a little different than usual. Percy doesn't really think anything of it, and tries to treat him like normal (a good lesson for everyone), and tries to keep the bullies from picking on him. Percy and Tyson form an unusual friendship that spans time. After Annabeth saves Percy and Tyson from a gang of monsters who try to attack them at school, they all head to Camp Half-Blood. That's when things start to get even weirder. 

At this time, the camp is under attack from monsters because someone poisoned the tree that guarded the camp, who is actually one of Zeus' daughters (Thalia). Thalia was turned into a tree to save her life by her father when she was trying to make it to camp. Chiron is blamed for actually poisoning the tree, so he is fired from camp and not there when they make it back to camp. To save Thalia, and Grover, we learn that the heroes must go on a quest to find the golden fleece. This fleece is located in the Sea of Monsters with a Cyclops. 

However the leaders of the camp do not actually give the quest to Percy and his friends, they give it to Clarisse, a daughter of Ares. With a little help from Hermes, Percy decides to go on the quest anyways, which leads him to the Sea of Monsters. What happens next? I guess you'll have to read the book to find out. 

In this book, we see Percy begin to show a little more growth. While he is "growing up" during these books, it's also very hard to imagine what is going on at this time because he is only about 13/14 years old. It's odd for me to think of someone that young going on these quests, but in this world that's "normal." This book greatly differed from the first one, though still very enticing, because we meet different characters, and old characters reappear as well. The tasks that Percy and his friends must endure are getting more and more challenging as the series goes on.

Though I've said it a million times already, these books are absolutely fantastic, for anyone of any age. They're an easy read, and absolutely entertaining the whole way through. I'll be passing the book series on to my mom after I finish reading them, and after talking with her about what the books are about she's very excited too. 
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