Tuesday, April 22, 2014

sea of monsters

sea of monsters
percy jackson #2
rick riordan
disney hyperion
published 2006

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic 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 bee 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 take prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia - 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 of 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.

I can see why Emma likes these books so much.  They're full of action and the nuances of Greek mythology.  I enjoy how they relate the Greek mythology into the modern day things.

But the books don't feel as weighty as Harry Potter and they don't keep me engaged for very long.  Inevitably while reading, my mind will drift to other things.  I never find myself fully engrossed in the book.  I'm completely interested in the outcome, or what is coming throughout the journey, but for some reason I get easily distracted.  Which is why it took me so long to finish the book!

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