Book View: The Colossus Rises

Book View: The Colossus RisesThe Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
Series: Seven Wonders #1
Published by HarperCollins on February 5th 2013
Pages: 348
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One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Short & Sweet: I had heard of Peter Lerangis because of his being a part of the 39 clues series, so I was interested to read the first book of this new series involving mythology and adventure. I liked that it had a similar design as Riordan's books, drawing you into the story with interesting characters and an adventure driven plot. Jack and three others may die if they don't find a cure – the problem is there are also supernatural elements trying to stop them along with human doctors who seem to be trying to help them. I enjoyed meeting the other three characters and there's a good balance between them and the way they interact. The next book I hope will have as much action and plot intrigue as the first and that we will maybe meet some new and interesting characters along their journey.

Final Verdict: Not quite up to Riordan level writing, but an overall great read that will engage you and keep you wanting more.

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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