On This Day: “Sea Of Monsters” Was Published

On this day, the team at Bookstr celebrates the 16th anniversary of the second installment of the “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” series: Sea of Monsters!

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If you grew up as a Gen-Z’er, you may remember reading about Greek Gods and mythology becoming a vital part of your literary childhood. All thanks to Rick Riordan, we came across the universe of Percy Jackson & The Olympians, and grew to fall in love with characters, gods, and Greek history. On this day, the team at Bookstr celebrates the 16th anniversary of the publication of Percy Jackson & The Olympians’ second installment: Sea of Monsters!

Sea of Monsters, The (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) by [Rick Riordan]

Overall, the Percy Jackson series tells the story of a 12-year-old, Percy Jackson, and his adventures as a demigod (child of a Greek God and human!). Throughout each book, Percy and his friends grow a year older and a year closer to facing Kronos, a Titan intent on destroying the Greek Gods and humanity itself. There are five books total in the series, where we grow up alongside Percy and learn about Greek mythology and the Gods. You may remember that one middle school class that only briefly discussed Greek mythology, where you immediately started geeking out from all your Percy Jackson background knowledge!

Originally published in 2006, Sea of Monsters has our beloved protagonist, Percy Jackson, on a quest to rescue his satyr friend, Grover, as well as find the Golden Fleece to save Thalia’s Pine Tree. To non-readers of the series, this might be a bombshell of information to unload just by reading that one-sentence summary. For Percy Jackson fans, rethinking Sea of Monsters is a fond trip down memory lane!

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) - IMDb

Like the first Percy Jackson, Sea of Monsters was adapted into a movie, along with the first installment of the series, The Lightning Thief. Unfortunately, as many fans remember, both movies were unfaithful to the book’s plot and characters. The second “Percy Jackson” movie, Sea of Monsters, became the final movie adaptation based on the series, and it seemed like the fandom would not receive its highly-deserved media attention and acclaim.

If you’re feeling a little nostalgia and sadly reminiscing on the good old days of picking up the Percy Jackson series for the first time, have no fear! This won’t be the last time we’ll be hearing about Sea of Monsters, or any of the installments to the series.

If any of you are true fans of the series, then you may have already heard the wonderful news that the Percy Jackson series and its creator, Rick Riordan, teamed up with Disney to create a Percy Jackson television series, with age-appropriate actors and loyalty to its book series. A win for us book nerds!