Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

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  • Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Format: MP3
  • Read by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Source: Borrowed digital audiobook from the library
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**This is the second book of a series so the overview and my review may contain spoilers from the previous book, but will not have spoilers for this book. 

Overview

After a year spent trying to prevent a catastropic 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. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: The magical borders which 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 by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters--the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millenia--only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name...the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends--Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson--must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer 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.


My Thoughts

After finishing The Lightning Thief, I was looking forward to this one. Going into this one, I wasn't expecting it to be quite as good as the first one and it wasn't, but it was still a good book. It picks up a little while after the first one ended, and gives you a bit of a refresher in case you have forgotten what happened in the first book. Like the first book, it jumps right into the action. Percy is once again facing something crazy at school and will inevitably be thrown out of this one too. There is plenty of adventure in this and kept me thoroughly engaged much as the first book did, but I felt like this one just lagged a bit. I still really enjoyed the characters and I like where the story is going. 

Percy is still a caring person who will do anything for his friends and family, and in this one he will have to not only rescue his best friend Grover, but save Camp Half-Blood. It seems like all odds are against him, but he still keeps pushing along and won't let anything stop him. I would have liked him to have a little more character growth, but he pretty much just seemed to stay the same. 


The other characters were more enjoyable to me in this one. I found myself more interested in what was going on with everyone else besides Percy. I really like Annabeth, and Tyson was a great addition to the series. We don't get a whole lot of Grover since he is being held prisoner, but I really like him too. I think that all of the secondary characters really kept this book interesting for me. 

The journey that Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson go on is quite eventful. They have to take a crazy taxi ride to the camp, fight off numerous creatures, sail down the coast and somehow save the camp. There is also plenty of new things we learn and a twist at the end. (That I was pretty much expecting, but it was still a good direction to go in)

This being the second book in the series, I didn't expect it to quite live up to the first one, so I wasn't let down that I didn't like it as much. Especially knowing there are three more books in this series after this one, I know that this one is just leading up to more action, adventure, and danger for them. As with the first one, I really enjoyed the reader. I think he is a great  voice for these books and I am about to get right into the next book now. This series so far is very fun to get lost in. The story progression is good and the characters are awesome!! I can't wait to see what adventures lie ahead. 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

9 comments:

  1. I think this is my least fav of the series. The next one gets better again. Don't give up on the series.

    Valerie

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    1. Thanks Val. I am about to start the next one. I have heard the second book is the least favorite for a lot of people. I still enjoyed it, it just wasn't as good.

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  2. I love how this is one of my favs of the series, but for many others, it's their least favorite. I think I love the myths in this one the most, from childhood. I'm glad you are enjoying them. It's truly fantastical fun!

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    1. I am so excited to start listening to the next one. I am just finishing Glass now and then right onto The Titans Curse!!

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  3. Aw, it's such a bummer when book two doesn't live up to book one. Glad you still enjoyed this one, though! *makes another note to try out Percy Jackson*

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  4. *Had to breeze past review* I plan on reading book one, one of these days but I don't know exactly when. I love that you're loving them though because it's convincing me that I'll love them too. Are you gonna see the movie too?

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    1. I saw the first movie and it was way different than the book, but I will definitely see the next movie.

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  5. SoM is definitely my least favorite of the series, by far. I can't even remember three, but four and five are great. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Amy. Nice review!

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