Monday, July 16, 2007

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I recommend this book for: grade 5 - high school

The return of Percy Jackson! Our favorite son of Poseidon is doing great as this sequel to The Lightning Thief takes off, but unfortunately, his year of not getting into trouble at school comes to an abrupt halt when a gang of monsters comes to attack on his last day and burns down the gym. And it doesn't get better - Camp Half Blood is in danger, Chiron has been sacked, and if Percy's dreams are correct, Grover has gotten himself into a lot of trouble with a wedding dress and a cyclops while searching for the lost god Pan.

This is another fun romp through ancient mythology in the modern world. The only complaint I had was that it wasn't as original as the first - the fate of most sequels. Riordan's take on figures like Circe (who runs a day spa in the Bermuda Triangle) and Chiron (who spends his early retirement partying with a bunch of centaurs who reminded me of a college frat house) is refreshing and hilarious - moreso if you've read the originals, as most middle schoolers probably have in school. Another A+ for Percy, and I'm excited to read the third . . . in my copious spare time!

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