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The Sea of Monsters (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Rick Riordan

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Title:The Sea of Monsters
Authors:Rick Riordan
Info:Miramax (2007), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Read in 2012
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Tags:fiction, YA, american literature, fantasy

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Questo secondo capitolo della saga, che racconta le avventure del semidio Percy Jackson e dei suoi amici, non mi ha affatto delusa, anzi! Premettendo che si tratta innegabilmente di un romanzo per giovanissimi (allo stesso livello dei primi tre romanzi di Harry Potter come età di lettura, per capirci), in questo capitolo la storia si spoglia di quasi tutti i legacci che la tenevano ancorata alla saga della Signora Rowling per iniziare a spiccare il volo grazie unicamente alle proprie forze.

Dal punto di vista strutturale il libro rimane altamente fedele al primo romanzo nel seguire una traccia già pronta: "trio-missione impossibile-serie di catastrofici ostacoli-colpo di fortuna-aiuto inaspettato-vittoria". Nonostante ciò la trama risulta comunque avvincente, piacevole e perfettamente in grado di catturare l'attenzione del lettore fin dall'inizio, anche grazie all'innegabile ironia che pervade le pagine scritte da Rick Riordan.

I suoi personaggi non sono perfetti e mantengono un'umanità - nonostante il loro essere semidei - che spesso e volentieri scarseggia in altri personaggi interamente umani: non sono perfetti e, com'è ovvio, finiscono per combinare un sacco di guai che, uniti all'abilità immane di Percy di fare pasticci ogni due su tre, rende il romanzo divertente e intrigante.

Grover, Annabeth (con il suo essere saggia ma combattiva!), Clarissa e perfino il maledetto Luke, un figlio di Hermes, sono tutti fortemente stereotipati ma assolutamente godibili e interessanti! L'introduzione di Tyson è stato un colpo da mastro per l'autore che ha toccato, grazie alla presenza di questo personaggio, delle importanti tematiche come quella dei rapporti genitori-figli.

Il forte legame delle avventure di Percy con una "profezia" che sembra riguardarlo,vincola ancora in maniera troppo marcata questo autore all'ombra di J.K.Rowling, così come il voler puntare sulla bivalenza del ragazzo che, agli occhi di amici e nemici, non è altro che una bomba ad orologeria che aspetta unicamente di esplodere per trasformare le sue gesta eroiche nella rovina di tutti.

Il vero e proprio colpo di scena si rivela alla fine, grazie al quale tutte le certezze cadono e lasciano il lettore ad attendere il seguito con la speranza che questo si renda sempre maggiormente autonomo e indipendente da influssi di saghe precedenti ma che continui ad essere la spensierata e piacevole lettura che è stata fino ad ora. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
I should probably preface this with the fact that I am on spring break and have endless reading time, so I can actually finish a novel a day for the next few days. This book does not disappoint and I was thoroughly entertained the entire time. The thought of how the myths mix with modern day is AWESOME. For example, Polyphemos still being blind and remember Nobody... EPIC! I also really like Tyson, whom you meet on page two (basically) and will love for the duration of the novel. I also am 99% sure I have a new favorite character whom you don't even meet until literally the last two pages Thalia... Punk rock/goth demigod? Of course she's Zeus' daughter. Of course. Luke is still... Luke. But I did enjoy meeting more of the gods, like Hermes, and seeing how they feel on the entire situation. Overall, very good book. ( )
  kamikaze2011 | Apr 6, 2017 |
The Percy Jackson books just aren't as good as Harry Potter. They are more juvenile, and just don't keep my interest. My 8 yr old liked them though. ( )
  flyboysgu | Jan 13, 2017 |
Ho-hum second volume in this series. My kids are committed to all five books. Someone save me. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
I actually listened to the audio version and the reader was so unskilled it nearly drove me crazy, emphasizing wrong words in sentences, giving half the characters weird Southern U.S. accents when that's not how they are described in the book. But, the book itself was a pretty solid young adult read. I'm still a little troubled by the male dominance of this narrative, the general incompetence or passivity of the female characters. But I'm not sure if I'm making too much of that.
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  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
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To Patrick John Riordan,

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My nightmare started like this.
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Humans don't exist on the same level as the immortals. They can't even be hurt by our weapons. But you, Percy--you are part god, part human. You live in both worlds. You can be harmed by both, and you can effect both. That's what makes heroes so special. You carry the hopes of humanity into the realm of the eternal. Monsters never die. They are reborn from the chaos and barbarism that is always bubbling underneath civilization, the very stuff that makes Kronos stronger. They must be defeated again and again, kept at bay. Heroes embody that struggle. You fight the battles humanity must win, every generation, in order to stay human.
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This LT work is the second volume (of five) in Rick Riordan's series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Please do not combine it with any other individual title or collection of titles from the series. Thank you.
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Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Two: Sea of Monsters, The

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Demi-god Percy Jackson and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first Percy will discover a secret that makes him wonder whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or a cruel joke.

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