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Seven Wonders #1: The Colossus Rises

by Peter Lerangis

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 11, 2013 | Hardcover

Seven Wonders #1: The Colossus Rises is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.

Just one boy . . .

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In six months, Jack is going to die.

Just one mission . . .

After Jack collapses in the middle of a busy street, he's whisked off to a strange hospital in a strange place. There are armed guards and weird kids and fantastic creatures, not to mention no parents, no phones, and no possibility of escape. The place is run by an odd professor named Bhegad, who tells Jack that what's killing him is a genetic trait inherited from the prince of a long-lost civilization. It's destroying Jack by making him too strong too fast. He'll need to stay strong, though-because it's up to him to save the world.

Just one problem . . .

That long-lost civilization sank when seven magic Loculi were stolen and hidden around the world. Now Jack and his friends must find the Loculi before they fall into the wrong hands. If they don't, they'll never be cured, that lost world will rise, oceans will be displaced, and life as we know it will pretty much end.

Seven wonders

No one ever asked Jack if he wanted to be a hero. He just has to be one. One kid. One mission. One big problem. The thrills begin inThe Colossus Rises, the first installment in the newest adventure from master storyteller Peter Lerangis.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1.3 in

Published: January 11, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062070401

ISBN - 13: 9780062070401

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Atlantis and super powers; need I go on? The Colossus Rises is something I came across while browsing through my local bookstore. I usually don't find books that way but this looked pretty promising. I picked this up because a) it looked like a great MG, b) it was recommended by Rick Riordan who is the author of Percy Jackson, and c) it sounds Percy Jackson-esque. The boy on the cover also reminded me of Avatar the Last Airbender, which is my favorite TV show ever. It's also written by Peter Lerangis, who wrote some of the 39 Clues books (which I found out later). The Colossus Rises is centered around Jack McKinley and his friends (Marco, Cass, and Aly). They all have this gene that make them have access to super powers. They each have different talents and qualities. Marco is a perfect soldier who is great at physical activities. Aly is a hacker who is great with computers. Cass is a human GPS who is smart as hell. And Jack.. he doesn't really have a talent. He feels like a misfit. I think these characters fit well together. They all make jokes instead of one character who is the one who's funny. They fit together and they make a great team. I love seeing them develop their friendship with each other and learning to trust each other. This book is focused on how their super powers comes from Atlantis, which means there's a bunch of mythology. There were lots of puzzle-solving along the way and we get to see mythical creatures such as griffins. I haven't read a mythology book in a while and it reminded me why I loved it so much. The Colossus Rises is a great Middle Grade adventure book that I can't wait to read more about. From its great set of characters to its dash of action, this one was is a refreshing MG book to read.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A solid middle grade Ever since I finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I haven't been able to find a good alternative. There are some great middle grade series out there, don't get me wrong. But none of them had the same feel to it as PJO. Until now. This book had a lot of similar elements to PJO. The one stood out to me the most was its humour. Rick Riordan was able to infuse humour into his books even when things got tense. What's even better was that the humour did not come from one single "comic relief character." Peter Lerangis took a page right out of Riordan's How to Write a Fantastic Book Series and did exactly that. Every one of the characters was capable of delivering a funny punchline and that showed great versatility. I really love it when a character is more than just "The Hero", "The Clown" or "The Nerd." Because in some way, everyone has those characteristics within them. Jack, Marco, Aly and Cass all displayed those characteristics and it made the story much more believable. And the best part of all is that they all had equal opportunities to shine; although the story was told in Jack's perspective, all of them could be viewed as the main character. Another character I thought Lerangis delivered really well was Torquin. He is a large henchman to the Karai Institute. Stereotypically, the large henchman is not the sharpest tool in the shed, and is usually used as a comic relief. Sure, Torquin had his funny moments, but he also showed that he is just like you and me. He gets frustrated when he has to come in on his day off, he hates babysitting the kids, yet, he is smart enough to monitor the entire institute's surveillance system and can notice when things feel off. At times you feel bad for him, and then you realize you really hate his stubbornness. If you're not a fan of Rick Riordan (although that is impossible), there are other aspects of this novel that might appeal to you. Like in the 39 Clues, this book drew in historical elements and made me really interested in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. I go gaga for anything about ancient civilization, which made my time in my time in my grade 11 history class oh so enjoyable. This book had puzzles and riddles that needed to be solved and fans of the 39 Clues series should definitely check it out. There was also another element of this story that I enjoyed and it reminded me a bit of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel series (by Michael Scott). But I will put this under the spoiler tag just in case you find it spoilery. [I like how the children don't really trust Dr. Bhegard and the Karai Institute, just like Josh and Sophie with Nicholas Flammel. I think their suspicion is justified and I am curious to read on to see if any of them would turn against the professor. One minor thing that I disliked about this book were the titles given to each chapter. I usually LOVE chapters with their own title, but only if they added to the mystique of what was about to happen. Some of the chapter titles in this book did the opposite; some (only some) of the titles kind of gave away what was about to happen in the upcoming chapter. Nothing major was given away or anything, but it still took away some of my excitement. P.S.: Totally adored the illustrations! They were an essential part to the puzzle solving. Excellent.
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great middle grade series for fans of Percy Jackson, 39 clues and Harry Potter Originally posted on http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/ This is the first book in the new middle grade series Seven Wonders. The story centres around Jack Mckinley who is an ordinary teenage boy who has a penchant for chasing away nannies while his father is hard at work on another continent. He tries to stay out of trouble and spends endless time devising interesting ways to wake himself up in the morning. On the day he was supposed to die he was running late for a math test after skyping with his father. On his way to class he runs into the school bully the last thing he thought would happen was that he would be hit with a car and rushed to the hospital where a strange priest would read him his last rites, but that’s exactly what happens. Soon he wakes up and realizes he isn’t in Indiana anymore. Instead he finds himself in the Karai Institute where a strange Professor Beghad explains to him that he has inherited a special gene from the Atlanteans, but this gene is slowly killing him and his school mates. These four students are the Selects who must now find seven loculi to cure their disease otherwise they will be dead in six months. Sounds easy right? Well when each of the loculi are hidden in the seven ancient wonders not so much. At least this gene has caused them to develop superpowers which will come in very handy. I really enjoy reading middle grade series such as 39 clues and Percy Jackson so I was really looking forward to this series. This isn’t surprising since author Peter Lerangis is an co-author of the 39 clues series and Rick Riordan also a co-author of that series and author of Percy Jackson has a blurb on the cover. That was a big pull for me to pick up this book (along with my slight obsession with the seven wonders) This being the first book in the series I see a lot of potential for where the series will go in the future. I really liked the storyline and characters but in this first book we don’t get much character development, but since there might be seven books we have more time to get to know the Selects growth. Another thing that I enjoy is not knowing whether the adults from the Karai Institute can be trusted or are actually using the teens. They seem pretty evil to me,but we will learn more about them in future books I think this is a great way to get kids to read and also to get interested in history. I wish that there was a little bit more of the history of the Colossus Statue in the book. I felt that this part of the story was rushed because we had so much to learn in the first part of the story. The ending of the story leaves us wanting more. I will definitely be picking up the second book when it comes out sometime in the fall. I just wish that they didn’t cost $19.99 for a middle grade story. I got this one from the library, but had to wait a while to get it. Pick this up if you are a fan of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter or 39 clues series!
Date published: 2013-04-18
Rated out of 5 by from My son (9 years old) loved the book. Can not wait to get the next one :)
Date published: 2013-03-04

– More About This Product –

Seven Wonders #1: The Colossus Rises

by Peter Lerangis

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1.3 in

Published: January 11, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062070401

ISBN - 13: 9780062070401

About the Book

Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis' power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities. Illustrations.

From the Publisher

Just one boy . . .

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In six months, Jack is going to die.

Just one mission . . .

After Jack collapses in the middle of a busy street, he's whisked off to a strange hospital in a strange place. There are armed guards and weird kids and fantastic creatures, not to mention no parents, no phones, and no possibility of escape. The place is run by an odd professor named Bhegad, who tells Jack that what's killing him is a genetic trait inherited from the prince of a long-lost civilization. It's destroying Jack by making him too strong too fast. He'll need to stay strong, though-because it's up to him to save the world.

Just one problem . . .

That long-lost civilization sank when seven magic Loculi were stolen and hidden around the world. Now Jack and his friends must find the Loculi before they fall into the wrong hands. If they don't, they'll never be cured, that lost world will rise, oceans will be displaced, and life as we know it will pretty much end.

Seven wonders

No one ever asked Jack if he wanted to be a hero. He just has to be one. One kid. One mission. One big problem. The thrills begin inThe Colossus Rises, the first installment in the newest adventure from master storyteller Peter Lerangis.

About the Author

Peter Lerangis is the author of more than one hundred and sixty books, which have sold more than five million copies and been translated into thirty-three different languages. His books includeThe Colossus RisesandLost in Babylonin theNew York Timesbestselling Seven Wonders series, and two books in The 39 Clues series (The Sword ThiefandThe Viper's Nest). Peter is a Harvard graduate with a degree in biochemistry and has run a marathon and gone rock climbing during an earthquake-though not on the same day. He lives in New York City with his wife, musician Tina deVaron, and their two sons, Nick and Joe. In his spare time, he likes to eat chocolate.