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26 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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GREAT BOOK, GREAT STORY, GREAT CHARACTERS! I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK AND AM DYING FOR THE NEXT ONE BECAUSE OF THE SHOCKER ENDING! JUST TORE THROUGH IT BECAUSE IT WAS SOOOOOOO GOOD!

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Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis Harpe

Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
HarperCollins, 2013
Science Fiction/Fantasy
368 pages
Recommended for grades 5+
(amazon recommends ages 8+...I don't think a second/third grader would fare well with this story!)




I listened to the audio vers...
Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
HarperCollins, 2013
Science Fiction/Fantasy
368 pages
Recommended for grades 5+
(amazon recommends ages 8+...I don't think a second/third grader would fare well with this story!)




I listened to the audio version of this book, and it is one you can't miss!  If you like and have the time for an audio book, this one is read wonderfully.  Performer Johnathan McClain brings life and personality to all the characters.
The premise of the book is that Jack, along with some other 13 year olds, are taken to a remote and mysterious island, snatched right out of their lives and families.  On the island Jack meets professor Bhegad, who is planning to use the chosen children to help him find Atlantis.
As much as I loved the reader, the story wasn't one that I was overly in love with.  If you loved the Percy Jackson series...go read that again.

posted by BluestockingThinking1 on June 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis Harpe

    Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
    HarperCollins, 2013
    Science Fiction/Fantasy
    368 pages
    Recommended for grades 5+
    (amazon recommends ages 8+...I don't think a second/third grader would fare well with this story!)




    I listened to the audio version of this book, and it is one you can't miss!  If you like and have the time for an audio book, this one is read wonderfully.  Performer Johnathan McClain brings life and personality to all the characters.
    The premise of the book is that Jack, along with some other 13 year olds, are taken to a remote and mysterious island, snatched right out of their lives and families.  On the island Jack meets professor Bhegad, who is planning to use the chosen children to help him find Atlantis.
    As much as I loved the reader, the story wasn't one that I was overly in love with.  If you loved the Percy Jackson series...go read that again.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Lerangis' new series doesn't stray very far from the model esta

    Lerangis' new series doesn't stray very far from the model established by J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan for young adult magic/mythology-based fiction. We've got a young male focal character (Jack McKinley, age 13) surrounded by a cadre of friends with various talents (two boys, Marco and Cass, and a girl, Aly) whisked out of the world they're familiar with (current-day USA) to discover they've got previously-unknown abilities (as super-powered descendants of Atlantis) and a destiny (reunite the Loculi that once powered Atlantis) with a deadline (don't reunite the Loculi fast enough and their powers will kill them). Oh, and the adults around them (Professor Bheghed, Torquin) may or may not be working in the kids' best interests. Pretty straightforward stuff as far as it goes, enjoyable but not earth-shatteringly different from various series that have come before.

    This first installment does what it needs to do: it establishes the main characters, sets up the main conceit, and eventually introduces what I assume will be the main adversary. The story is told capably, although the first person narration from Jack's POV seems a bit more limited than it feels in Rick Riordan's books (perhaps it's just that Percy Jackson, Carter Kane and Sadie Kane are more descriptive than Jack is).

    But even clocking in at over three hundred pages, portions of this seemed rushed, key information glossed over. For instance, the life Jack is leaving behind is established in a brief two chapters (one for his messy home life and one for encountering the school bully) and while this does establish who Jack is (creative, a defender of the less fortunate) it doesn't really give us enough to care about that life not matter how much Jack later wishes he could go back to it. We're repeatedly told how much Jack wants to let his father know he's still alive and yet when the opportunity finally does present itself, it's a different character who takes the chance. It felt to me like the author recognized that he'd left this sub-plot hanging for too long and needed to at least vaguely address the issue of the parents who have been left behind thinking their kids are kidnapped/dead, and so he added a scene that largely takes place off-camera. Maybe it was meant to build suspense, but to this reader it felt like a missed opportunity.

    As the title implies, Jack and his friends are successful in figuring out that the seven Loculi of ancient Atlantis are hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, even though six of those no longer exist, and their first mission takes them to the island of Rhodes to find out whatever happened to the Colossus. I won't spoil, in this review, how that mission turns out, except to say that it took at least one twist I wasn't expecting, and that was a pleasant surprise. (Although the fact that this is a seven book series implies that Jack, at least, survives the first mission.) All of the action scenes throughout the book are well-written, and the idea of incorporating the clues the kids find as actual graphics (rather than just written descriptions) is a nice touch.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    Amazing. Simply Amazing.

    This series in general is amazing. The one thing that disappoints me is that I looked at the cover thinking that it would jump into the exiting part, but finding myself bored and feeling unoccupied lead me to understanding the rest. I tell you, if somebody tried to skip the boring beginning, there is no way they would understand the middle tragedies. I only give it three stars however because some of the english and context was not something I could understand and read fluently. But about thirty minutes after starting the book, I was truly engaged.

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    Posted April 23, 2014

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