The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders Series #1)

// May 30th, 2013 // Book Reviews

Title: The Colossus Rises

Author: Peter Lerangis


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.

My Book Review:

I was introduced to Peter Lerangis by reading the 39 Clues series which I loved. He was one of the contributing authors. When I heard he came out with a new series called Seven Wonders, I wanted to read it. I got the first book, The Colossus Rises. The release was perfect timing because I’ve been learning about the seven wonders in my 5th grade Social Studies class this year. This is the first fiction book I read which is based on the seven wonders.

I liked how in the book, people from different families had genes from Atlantis. They had super powers. When four of the people with the special genes met, they formed a bond by becoming friends. I found that kind of fellowship cool. I also liked how the group had to go to the wonders and try to find Loculi, orbs from Atlantis. Each book in the series features one wonder, this one being the Colossus at Rhodes. At least I think that’s how the series will continue… The next book
in the series is called Lost in Babylon, so I’m guessing it’s about the Hanging Gardens in Babylon. I’m smart like that.

This book reminded me of the Percy Jackson Series. Percy Jackson and Jack, the main character in Seven Wonders, went to a place where they were isolated from the public, had super powers, and faced mythical monsters. The writing style and mood of the story was very much like Percy Jackson series. So if you liked the Percy Jackson series (which I did) then you will probably like this book.

My favorite character was Professor Beghad. He was the leader of the institution that isolated the four teens who had the gene from Atlantis. He seemed to know everything. The teens who he imprisoned hated him. Even though the teens hated him, I liked him because he knew everything, but only used it when the time was right. For example, when the teens tried to run away, he knew they were escaping, but he only came to stop them when they were drowning from a storm at sea.

I met Peter Lerangis once at a book signing, and he was very kind. Peter Lerangis is going to be at the Book Expo of America this week. And guess who else is going. Me! I hope to see him again and tell him in person how much I enjoyed this book.

I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars, because it is an excellent novel that I enjoyed reading. If you read the Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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