Review: Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises

Title: Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises
Author: Peter Lerangis

Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: February 5, 2013
Paperback, 384 pages
ISBN13: 9780062070418
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:

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 Thoughts:
This is the introduction to Jack McKinley and the Seven Wonders series. Jack is by all appearances and ordinary kid, but little did he know the secret that his ancestors had left him in his DNA. We also get to meet Aly, Cass, Marco and many others from the Karai Institute. The patients at the institute are all on the verge of death because of a genetic disorder that also gives them extraordinary powers. The cure lies in finding the seven magic loculi. The big problem? They haven’t been seen for thousands of years.

This is a great intro to the story and characters. I loved this book. The author spends a good bit of time on character development in this book, but it is never at the expense of keeping the story moving. He does a brilliant job of weaving the backstories into the present through conversations between the kids, others at the institute or through their thoughts in intense situations. The writing is well done and the dialogue quite humorous in many places. Another aspect that I particularly like is the historical reference to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This series would go along great with an ancient history study for those educators out there. 

Like many of you out there, I am a big fan of the Percy Jackson series and have been looking for a new series that stands as tall as Percy. I really feel this series can be on that same level. I can’t wait to continue the series. This book should be at the top of your TBR pile.

My Rating: