‘Thirty-six degrees, forty-four minutes north, seventy-six degrees, two minutes west’ – if you’re wondering if this is gibberish, it’s not. These are coordinates to an exact point in the ocean.
Percy Jackson, half boy, half God is the son of Poseidon, the Greek God of the sea. He knows stuff like this. Percy said this out loud while he was in the ocean, to which his friend Annabeth said, ‘Because of your dad, when you’re at sea, you have perfect bearings. That is so cool.’ Percy thought to himself, ‘I wasn’t sure about that. I didn’t want to be a human GPS unit.’
Percy Jackson and Sea of Monsters is the second book in the series Percy Jackson, by Rick Riordan. The book is quite a page turner. In other words it’s full of cool stuff like the above and because of that it’s really hard to put down.
Percy, a is a kid with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and dyslexia. He struggles with almost every subject in regular school, but on the other hand easily manages to read Ancient Greek! Also, because of his ADHD he is quite skilled in battle like situations because of his quick reflexes.
Each summer he goes to a place called Camp Half-Blood, a special “summer camp” for half-bloods like himself. The camp is run by Greek Gods and magical creatures like centaurs. At camp they have activities like sword fighting, canoeing, and capture the flag. But like other typical kids they eat pizzas and enjoy junk food from time to time.
This story is about Percy, Annabeth and Percy’s half-brother Tyson the Cyclops (creatures with one eye), setting out on a quest to retrieve the healing golden fleece from the evil Cyclops Polyphemus. Polyphemus lives on an island in the Sea of Monsters. They also needed to rescue Grover the satyr. A satyr is a half human half goat (human from the waist up and goat waist down) and they have some special powers such as they can detect half-bloods and monsters by scent. They can also talk to animals.
Grover is Percy’s best friend and has a special connection with him called an ‘empathy link’, which means he can communicate with Percy by non-traditional methods. For example, Percy found out about Grover’s state of captivity through a dream.
Percy and his friends face several obstacles and dangers from other Greek Gods, their kids, and monsters of all shapes and sizes during their quest, while getting the golden fleece back from Polyphemus and saving Grover. The book is full of action and fascinating characters with diverse physical attributes and skills. What sets the book apart is how the author treats the villains with respect too, and you can sometimes see things from their point of view. He also uses a lot of humour and doesn’t judge anyone harshly.
Here is another line from the book during Percy’s escape from Polyphemus’ island.
‘I willed the sea to rise. A six-meter wave surged up, lifting me on its crest. I rode towards the Cyclops and kicked him in the eye, leaping over his head as the water blasted him onto the beach.’
In order to learn how it all ends, begins and all the way through, do read the book! As an added benefit you may get interested in Greek mythology and history. It certainly worked for me!
Written by: Bhavna Faizullabhoy. Bhavna is a Graphic Designer, Writer and Communications Professional. She loves trekking and the outdoors. She takes climate change very seriously. Bhavna firmly believes there is no “planet B” and hopes to be a change maker in some form.