The Sea of Monsters

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The Sea of Monsters
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Author Rick Riordan
Country United States of America
Language English
Series Percy Jackson & the Olympians (Book 2)
Genre Fantasy novel, Young adult, Greek mythology
Publisher Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date
April 1, 2006
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 279
ISBN 0-7868-5686-6
OCLC 64664383
LC Class MLCS 2006
Preceded by The Lightning Thief
Followed by The Titan's Curse

The Sea of Monsters is a fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology written by Rick Riordan published in 2006. It is the second novel in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and the sequel to The Lightning Thief. This book chronicles the adventures of thirteen-year-old demigod Percy Jackson as he and his friends rescue his satyr friend Grover from the Cyclops Polyphemus and save the camp from a Titan's attack by bringing the Golden Fleece to cure Thalia's poisoned pine tree.

The Sea of Monsters was generally well received and was nominated for numerous awards, including the 2006 Book Sense Top Ten Summer Pick[1] and the 2009 Mark Twain Award.[2] It sold over 100,000 copies in paperback[3] and was released in audiobook format on September 6, 2006. The Sea of Monsters is followed by The Titan's Curse, the third book of the five in the series.

A film adaptation of the book, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, was released on August 7, 2013.[4]

Prophecy[edit]

Unraveling the Prophecy This prophecy unravels throughout the story:

1. Clarisse sailed aboard the CSS Birmingham with skeleton warriors, supplied to her by her father, Ares.
2. She, Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson find the Golden Fleece and take it from Polyphemus. Percy later gives Clarisse the fleece because it is officially her quest.
3. She is trapped in Polyphemus' stone cavern with no way to escape.
4. She would have failed without Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Tyson, but she flew back to camp alone to get there faster.

Summary[edit]

Percy is having nightmares about a cyclops chasing Grover in the Underwood. At school, a group of demon giants, half blooded ugly zombies attack Percy, but he is saved by his half-brother Tyson (a cyclops disguised as a human). Annabeth takes Percy and Tyson to Camp Half-Blood, but they arrive to find the camp under attack by two bronze Colchis bulls. Thalia's tree has been poisoned, leaving the camp vulnerable to enemy attacks. After Clarisse la Rue and Tyson defeat the bulls, Chiron is suspected of poisoning the tree (largely because of his familial connection to the titan Kronos)

Percy has another dream about Grover. He explains that Polyphemus, a cyclops, is holding him captive in the "Sea of Monsters". When Percy tells Annabeth about his dreams, she deduces that Grover may have found the Golden Fleece, which can cure Thalia's poisoned tree. Tantalus sends Clarisse on a quest to find the Golden Fleece. Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson run away from camp in order to try and find the Golden Fleece. Hermes gives them gifts to help them on their quest, and they call on Hippocampi, horses with predictions and two horns on their heads. The Hippocampi take Percy and company to a passing cruise ship, the Princess Andromeda, which appears to have no passengers or crew. Once aboard, they discover the ship belongs to Luke Castellan and the Titan Army. They escape on a lifeboat and eventually find land. Later, they are saved by Clarisse, who is sailing on a confederate battleship called the CSS Birmingham.

En route to the Sea of Monsters, the CSS Birmingham is destroyed by the monsters Charybdis and Scylla. Tyson and Clarisse are presumed dead. Percy and Annabeth escape to a nearby island, where they find "CC's Spa and Resort". The spa resort's owner is the sorceress Circe, while the spa itself is actually a prison for male demigods. Circe turns Percy into a guinea pig and puts him in a cage with six others. The other six guinea pigs are revealed to be the crew of the notorious pirate Blackbeard (the demigod son of Ares), and Percy and Annabeth manage to escape Circe's island on Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge.

Percy and Annabeth reach Polyphemus' island and are reunited with Tyson and Clarisse, who survived the CSS Birmingham sinking. They rescue Grover and find the Golden Fleece. The Hippocampi return, collecting Percy and his friends. Percy instructs Clarisse to return to Camp Half-Blood with the Fleece by plane. On their way, however, they are captured by Luke and taken to the Princess Andromeda. Percy manages to contact Camp Half-Blood and tricks Luke into admitting that he poisoned Thalia's tree, proving Chiron's innocence.

Returning to the camp, Chiron is given his job back and the Golden Fleece removes the poison from Thalia's tree. However, Thalia Grace herself (Zeus' demigod daughter, whom Zeus turned into the tree when she died to prevent her soul going to the underworld) is ejected from the tree and revived.[5]

Major characters[edit]

  • Percy Jackson: The son of Poseidon; a 13-year-old demigod who travels to the island of Polyphemus in the Bermuda Triangle to find Grover and recover the Golden Fleece. He is accompanied by Annabeth and Tyson, his half-brother, on the quest. He is successful in the end; and gives Clarisse the Fleece while he is attacked by Luke on his way to the Camp. However, he and his friends are rescued by Chiron and the Party Ponies.
  • Annabeth Chase: The daughter of Athena. A demigod who is 13 years old and a friend of Percy. She accompanies him to the island and helps him in his quest by rescuing Percy from Circe's island. Annabeth is injured by Polyphemus and recovers with the help of the Golden Fleece. She accompanies Percy to Camp after Chiron succeeds in rescuing them from the hands of Luke and the Titan army.
  • Grover Underwood: The guard for Percy given by the gods, a satyr who has been captured by Polyphemus during his search for the wild god Pan. Due to his poor eyesight, Polyphemus mistakes Grover for a female Cyclops. He is rescued by his friends Percy and Annabeth.
  • Clarisse La Rue: Daughter of Ares who was given the quest of retrieving the Golden Fleece. With the help of Percy and his friends, she is successful in her quest. Percy gives her the Fleece that she takes to Camp Half Blood. Polyphemus wishes to wed her after it is revealed to him that Grover is a male satyr.
  • Luke Castellan: The main antagonist, now 20; he works for Kronos. He captures Percy and the rest before being thwarted by Chiron and his brethren, the Party Ponies.
  • Tyson the Cyclops: Percy's half brother; he is initially portrayed as a homeless child before Annabeth helps Percy realize that he is a Cyclops. He accompanies Percy and Annabeth in their quest and befriends a hippocampus whom he names Rainbow.He is very big and has one brown eye. When Clarisse's ship explodes, he is presumed dead until it is learned that he was actually saved.

Critical reception[edit]

The Sea of Monsters received generally positive reviews with reviewers praising the storyline, the themes and the author's style of writing.[6][7][8] "In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his compelling debut," said a Publishers Weekly review.[9] School Library Journal singled out the novel's plot and main character, stating, "Percy is an appealing kid, and the subject of a chilling prophecy may resonate with readers."[7] Child magazine wrote, "Featuring the cliff-hangers and sassy attitude kids loved in The Lightning Thief – plus a surprising new family secret – this outstanding sequel should win over a fresh legion of fans."[10] Children's Literature called the writing extraordinary[10] and added, "This book, sequel to The Lightning Thief, is an amazing mixture of mythology and young adult fiction."[10] Matt Berman, of Common Sense Media, praised the book, saying "The Percy Jackson series continues to be pure fun, with the author doing nearly everything right to produce a book that few kids will be able to resist."[8] Norah Piehl of Kidsreads.com lauded the style of the book, and noted similarities with its prequel.[6] It sold over 100,000 copies in hardcover by the time paperback copies were released in April 2007.[3]

However, Kirkus was critical of the book, writing, "it's doubtful Percy wouldn't guess Tyson's otherworldly connection immediately after the dodgeball game ... some of the humor will zip over the heads of the target audience" although they added, "Percy's sardonic narration and derring-do would keep the pages turning."[11]

Awards[edit]

Audiobook[edit]

On September 6, 2006, a seven hour and 54 minute audiobook version of The Sea of Monsters, read by actor Jesse Bernstein, who also narrated The Lightning Thief's audiobook,[16] was published worldwide by Listening Library.[17][18]

AudioFile magazine praised the audio book, raving, "This action-packed book (second in a series) will delight fans of Percy Jackson, the half-blood son of Poseidon, as Percy once again battles mythical monsters in modern-day settings while on his mission to save the tree that guards Camp Half-Blood."[18] They praised Bernstein, saying "Narrator Jesse Berns helps listeners slip right into the oddly engaging world that Riordan creates, in which contemporary teen characters and those from classical mythology intermingle"[18] and that he could successfully portray teenagers, while keeping the pace fast allowing listeners time to revel in the book's humor. Auditions have already been cast for this yet to be blockbuster. There may still be a few spaces for extras, though.[18] The magazine Publishers Weekly raved about Bernstein's "snappy delivery and all the right funny touches" that made the "action-packed fantasy such fun."[16]

Film adaptation[edit]

Following the box office and DVD success of the movie, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, a film adaptation of The Sea of Monsters was first reported in early 2011.[19] In fall 2011, it was confirmed that 20th Century Fox will release the film on March 27, 2013.[20][21] Filming began in April 2012. In February 2012, Mary Birdsong, Missi Pyle and Yvette Nicole Brown were cast as the Gray Sisters.[22] In March 2012, Nathan Fillion joined the cast as Hermes and Anthony Head, replacing Pierce Brosnan, as Chiron.[23][24] In April 2012, Paloma Kwiatkowski was cast as Thalia and The Hunger Games star Leven Rambin has been cast as Clarisse La Rue.[25] It was announced on May 8, 2012 that the film had moved up to March 15, 2013. But later it was postponed for an August 16, 2013 release.[4] Fox decided on a final release date for August 7, 2013.[26] Logan Lerman returned as Percy Jackson in the movie. Jake Abel also returned to the role of Luke Castellan. On January 2012 The Secret Circle star Grey Damon was cast as Chris Rodriguez. According to Alexandra Daddario, the film will be more similar to the book than the first film.

Graphic novel[edit]

Rick Riordan confirmed that the epic fantasy sequel, The Sea of Monsters, is one of the two graphic novels to be published in 2013, with the other being The Titan's Curse. It will be written in the same humorous style as the original novel.

Sequel[edit]

Main article: The Titan's Curse

The novel was followed by The Titan's Curse, released on May 1, 2007. In The Titan's Curse, Percy, Grover, Annabeth and Thalia go to a school to recruit two powerful demigods.[27] Like its predecessors, this book was well received and reviewers praised its humorous style and the plot of the story.[28][29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Mark Twain Readers Award". Missouri Association of School Librarians. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  3. ^ a b Nawotka, Edward. "Son of Poseidon Gaining Strength". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  4. ^ a b "'X-Men: First Class' & 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Sequels Set For Summer 2014; 'Independence Day 3D' Hits July 3, 2013". indiewire.com. 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
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  8. ^ a b "The Sea of Monsters review". Matt Berman. Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
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  11. ^ "The Sea of Monsters review". Kirkus Reviews. April 1, 2006. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
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  13. ^ "Barnes & Noble.com". Barnesandnoble.com. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  14. ^ "Top Shelf Fiction Pick for Middle School Readers, 2006". Voice of Youth Advocates. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  15. ^ "Mark Twain Award 2007–08 Winners". Missouri Association of School Librarians. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  16. ^ a b "Sequels for summer". Publishers Weekly. 24 July 2006. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  17. ^ Bernstein, Jesse. "Jesse Bernstein". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  18. ^ a b c d Bernstien, Jesse (2006). "The Sea of Monsters". AudioFile. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  19. ^ 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' Sequel Could Be Coming Soon?
  20. ^ "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  21. ^ McClintock, Pamela (12 October 2011). "Fox Moves Ahead With New 'Die Hard' and 'Percy Jackson' Films". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  22. ^ McClintock, Pamela (February 29, 2012). "Missi Pyle, Yvette Nicole Brown, Mary Birdsong Join 'Percy Jackson' Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  23. ^ McClintock, Pamela (March 15, 2012). "Nathan Fillion to Play Hermes in 'Percy Jackson' Sequel (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  24. ^ McClintock, Pamela (March 20, 2012). "Anthony Head to Play Chiron in 'Percy Jackson' Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  25. ^ Fleming, Mike (April 3, 2012). "Vancouver High Schooler Gets Dream Role In ‘Percy Jackson’ Sequel". Deadline.com. 
  26. ^ "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Moved up to August 7". ComingSoon.net. April 6, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  27. ^ Riordan, Rick (April 1, 2007). The Titan's Curse. Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Hyperion Books for Children. ISBN 978-1-4231-0145-1. OCLC 76863948. 
  28. ^ Piehl, Norah. "The Titan's Curse: Kidsreads". Kidsreads.com. 
  29. ^ Ruth, Sheila. "The Titan's Curse: Wands and Worlds Book Review". 

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