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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Seven Wonders (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006207041X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062070418
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 6-9-A young teen who is descended from mythological beings and has extraordinary powers is trained in a secret facility with others like him. He finds himself on the run with a small group of his peers, battling other supernatural beings in a race to find a powerful artifact and avert disaster. Hmm, sounds familiar. This is not The Lightning Thief (Hyperion, 2005) and the mythology is the lost city of Atlantis rather than the Greek pantheon, but comparisons with the "Percy Jackson" series are inevitable. Unfortunately, this volume hardly measures up. Jack McKinley is just not as likable or believable as Rick Riordan's protagonist, and the supporting characters are flat. There are far too many deus ex machina moments needed to move the story along (e.g., Marco falling to his death but landing just close enough to a magic waterfall to not actually die). There is plenty of action throughout, and some of it is quite original (nearly dying under a mountain of flaming bat guano is certainly "fresh"), but it is not enough to make up for the uneven plot and weak characters.-Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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Part Goonies, part MacGyver, part Percy Jackson, this big series starter is sure to please readers looking for underdog heroes and their unbelievable adventures. Jack learns he has a rare genetic anomaly that gives him a unique skill, but one that will cause his death if he doesn’t receive mysterious treatments at a secretive institute along with three other young teens. Marco, Aly, Cass, and Jack are deeply suspicious of the institute’s director and his troll–like thug, but rely on them for survival—when they aren’t too busy trying to escape. Together, their skills make them a formidable team, which serves them well on their quest to find the cure for their ailment, the parts of which are located at each of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, beginning with the heart of Atlantis. The teens’ talents mirror their obvious outward appearances, but they quickly develop the heart and personality of full characters. The tension of whom to trust and why keeps readers guessing, and the quick action, high stakes, and clever solutions make this a slam dunk. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Lerangis scored big as one of the 39 Clues authors, and a six-figure marketing campaign signals that this is being positioned as a tent-pole franchise. Grades 4-8. --Heather Booth --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

The story is good, it is fun and a lot of adventure.
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I am an adult that loves a good book that makes your imagination go crazy.
cradential
In the end, this book seemed a bit shallow and rushed to me.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By V Heartstring (Atlas Deen) on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Colossus Rises!

While some may not like it, I felt it was a fun and eventful book that is surely going to excite those who are fans of Percy Jackson or Charlie Bone. While it may by no means be Harry Potter (honestly, what is?) it was a great adventure that I'm sure fans of HP can appreciate and fans of PJ will completely love!

Colossus Rises is def for a younger audience which is obvious through it's writing style and character dialogue, but it was still an intelligent book andthough it was yes, childish at times, I made sure to remember that it WAS a child's book and took it with a grain of salt(is that the saying? hrm)

All of the characters introduced where fun and added to make the world much more developed, but with that being said, I would have liked more of the universe of the Seven Wonders to have been more fleshed out but I assume that will be done in the next 6 books!

Over all, this book is for those who are looking for a fun, VERY fast paced read filled with magic and adventure, tons of humor and a little danger to keep you on your toes.

I can not wait for the sequel and recommend it for anyone looking to get a younger person into reading.

--V
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By L. Dean on February 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I teach 5th grade and got a sample of this book for free. I sometimes get bored with kids' books but not this one! It's very action packed, which is great for kids because slow spots in books are no good for them, and they often quit. This book is for the more fluent reader; the vocabulary is a little advanced for a reader who struggles.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By MarKay on March 5, 2013
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This book had me hooked in the first chapter. I started recommending this to everyone at the start of chapter two. I read until dawn because there wasn't a good spot to pause and sleep, trust me I tried but I kept turning the lamp on. Its a must read for Harry Potter and Children of the Lamp fans. The writting style and over all feel of this book translated perfectly into a movie in my head. I recomend starting this book in the afternoon and never letting a child start it on a school night. I would have read by flash light under the covers way past bed time if I was still a child. It would be a great summer read for kids.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elizabethdeanna on April 19, 2013
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I picked up this book after finishing the last Riordan book. I was a little hesitant at first, not having read anything but this author. First chapter was a little slow to start, but as I continued into the story I was hooked. I loved the use of Atlantean backdrop, as segue into the Seven Wonders of the World. I think the book is fast paced and well written, the story flowing easily and addictively. I would definitely read this book with my class and can't wait for the next in the series. Other reviewers complaining about the detail, is misleading. I do not feel that the details detracted from the readability but rather established a colorful imagery to the story. I especially liked that the protagonist is not the one with all the power/brains/brawn but rather the "thread" that ties all the characters together. I for one am now going to explore other works from this author! Great Adventure!
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2013
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I was full of high expectations when I opened the pages of The Colossus Rises. With such an accomplished author and a very unique and intriguing premise, I was sure this new series was going to be every bit as great as the Percy Jackson books, and kids would be scrambling for copies. Unfortunately, I found this series opener to be very disappointing. I was surprised to find very little character development, a convoluted plot, and mythology that failed to engage.

There's plenty of action in this tale, and adventure fans will surely be glued to the page as they revel in some of the dire situations facing our young heroes. The cave action is well done, the creatures are pretty good, and the scene with the bat guano is priceless. The action starts right at the beginning of the story, marking this as an excellent choice for reluctant readers. The problem is that if you peel away all of these action sequences, the story doesn't move very fast, and readers searching for a direction and answers might find themselves getting frustrated to be fumbling around for so long. There's a lot of cliche moments that are sure to appeal to young readers (especially boys), but very little of substance.

Perhaps my biggest problem with this book lies with the characters. They are all incredibly flat and one dimensional. Readers used to having characters they can empathize with and relate to will find little to hang their hats on here. The dialogue feels manufactured, with little wit and absolutely no authenticity.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Levin on February 5, 2013
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This book was well written, exciting, and incorporated ancient civilizations/mythology into a story that takes place in the present day. Fans of Percy Jackson and the Heros of Olympus series will love reading this book and following this series over the next six books.
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Peter Lerangis's books have sold over 5.5 million copies and been translated into 33 languages. Titles include seven N.Y. Times bestsellers: THE COLOSSUS RISES, LOST IN BABYLON, and THE TOMB OF SHADOWS in THE SEVEN WONDERS series; and THE SWORD THIEF, THE VIPER'S NEST, one-fourth of VESPERS RISING, and THE DEAD OF NIGHT in THE 39 CLUES series. His work also includes the YA novels SOMEBODY, PLEASE TELL ME WHO I AM (written with Harry Mazer and winner of the ALA Schneider Award and a Best Fiction for Young Adults book), SMILER'S BONES (a N. Y. Public Library Best Book for Teens); the YA thriller WTF; the WATCHERS and SPY X series; and the ANTARCTICA duo. He'll gladly recite the rest of the list if you ask nicely. He's also performed on Broadway, run a marathon, rock-climbed in Yosemite during a 6.1 earthquake, and, with his wife, sprouted and grown two sons in NYC. (For a longer bio, see http://peterlerangis.com/about-peter/bio/.)

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