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The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders Series #1)

The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders Series #1)

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by Peter Lerangis, Torstein Norstrand (Illustrator), Mike Reagan (Illustrator)

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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


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 in The Colossus Rises, the first installment in the newest adventure from master storyteller Peter Lerangis.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this action-packed first novel in the Seven Wonders series, Jack McKinley, an imaginative kid with a penchant for Rube Goldberg–style devices, is kidnapped and brought to a mysterious island. There he learns that he and three other 13-year-olds carry a rare, often fatal gene; if they survive, the gene will confer superpowers on them and mark them as distantly descended from Atlantis. That ancient kingdom, they discover, was destroyed when its rulers misused the enormous power they wielded. Jack and his new friends have been recruited to rediscover the lost repositories of that power, which are connected to the wonders of the ancient world, such as the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Their survival, though, is far from guaranteed. Lerangis, contributor to the 39 Clues series, has created a real page-turner, and while the characters are somewhat one-dimensional (particularly the adults), there’s a genuine sense of mystery and even a touch of grandeur to this tale. Lerangis aims squarely at the legions of Percy Jackson fans and hits his target. Ages 8–12. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
This is a very busy book. There are so many plotlines and characters that it is hard to keep them straight. Jack McKinley is awakened one morning from a nightmare of an attacking griffin by his Rube Goldberg-rigged alarm clock. On the way to school, he collapses and awakens on the island of Atlantis in a hospital room attended by a morally ambiguous Professor Bhegad and his Hagrid-like assistant, Torquin. Professor Bhegad has collected four young people, all carriers of a gene that creates super powers and assures their early death. Jack, Ally, Cass and Marco are a gifted quartet (although Jack doubts his own skills), bonded by one mission: to find the seven magic symbols (connected to the Seven Wonders of the World) that will unlock the cure to their genetic anomaly. Professor Bhegad's ambiguity is resolved and, yes, he is actually trying to cure his four protegees. Just as Rick Riordin draws on adventure and myth in his Percy Jackson books, Lerangis visits the same sources and tells his story at a very rapid pace in this first volume of a series. There is a lot of rapid fire dialogue with humor that may go right over young readers' heads. When Ally, a Hermione-like advocate for the rights of the underdog, is addressed as "Norma Rae," one can only say, "Really? For ten year olds?" This story culminates in the reanimation of the Colossus of Rhodes who seems more closely related to a Transformer than a world wonder. It is fairly obvious that the other books in the series will draw on the remaining six marvels. Over all, young readers looking for "read-alikes" may choose this from the shelves, but they will enjoy it more for its familiarity than its originality. The first book in the "Seven Wonders" series. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
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, CA
Kirkus Reviews
The Seven Wonders series debuts with a bang: 13-year-old Jack McKinley will die unless he can locate the magic Loculi containing the ancient powers of Atlantis. No time for lush descriptions of setting and insightful characterizations here. A belching barefoot giant who looks like a Viking appears on the very first page, and the action begins--a fast-paced, page-turning adventure that quickly takes Jack from Belleville, Ind., to what's left of ancient Atlantis. It turns out that Jack is a descendant of the lost civilization and has a rare genetic condition that will kill him unless he can tap into the island's powers. The problem is that when Atlantis was destroyed, its source of power was stolen, divided into seven containers and hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Finding the powers will not only save Jack's life, but also give him superpowers. Jack and his new friends Cass, Marco and Aly climb volcanoes, confront a griffin, enter a maze, find a waterfall that gives life to the dead and seek the Colossus of Rhodes. Jack, like his kindred spirit, Percy Jackson, is a good-hearted narrator, unsure of his powers but up to the challenges of his fated journey. Fans of Riordan, Rowling, and ancient myths and legends will welcome this new, if derivative opportunity for adventure and enchantment. (Fiction. 8-14)

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Seven Wonders Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.90(d)
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years


Meet the Author

Peter Lerangis is the author of more than one hundred and sixty books, which have sold more than five and half million copies and been translated into thirty-three different languages. These include the first four books in the New York Times bestselling Seven Wonders series, The Colossus Rises, Lost in Babylon, The Tomb of Shadows, and The Curse of the King, and two books in the 39 Clues series. Peter is a Harvard graduate with a degree in biochemistry. He 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.

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The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders, Book 1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice plotline, didn't suspect it to end the way it did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Writen like percy jackson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done, Peter Lerangis! This book was phenomenal! I could hardly put this book down. Would rate ten stars if possible! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting, can't wait for the rest of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok this book was just amazing! I am 13 and i read this book because i had nothing left to read in my house (I read everything :D) and wasnt expecting it to be very good and was plesently suprised. A good book for basically anyone who can read and I cant wait for the next book! THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the definition of Adventure. With so many twists and unexpected situations, I read this book till I was done. I am dying for the next book to come out!!! Can't Wait!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an Fantastic book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I heald on to EVERY word
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is seriously awesome. I love theplotline and how it brings so many unexcpected things. Pi equals3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286 seriousle awesomeness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should have a rating higher than your IQ.
Talekyn More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Colossus Rise is a must read for adventure lovers and thrill seekers alike. The novel starts off with Jack waking up like and preparing for school like a normal 13- year- old, than than being propelled into  a life altering adventure that is a page turned. Peter Lerangis does a excellent job building character developments and executing plot twist. This book is difficult to put down once you get past chapter four. From ages 8 + will enjoy this book. And even teen to adult to will like the Colossus Rises. Looking forward to the second in this seven part series from Lerangis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like adventure books like percy jackson you'll like this one
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a great book! Can't wait to buy the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. i would say this book should be for fourth grade and over this book is a little hard for little kids
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome book
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Reallly awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book in the world! (I wish that there was infinaty stars I would like to click all of them.) A defanately must read book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 13 and i loved it!!! I would say the age range is from 12-15. It also depends on your interest and violence level if you can read this kind of stuff. You probably can though :D i would highly recommend this book to 12-15 year olds, but that is just my opinion. Good Luck!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Great plot, unexpected ending. Needs more detail. Cant wait for more!!! To below: I'll "chat"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is Vintara and I'm sixteen years old. I live in Manhatan, New York with my step mother and my step father. We were a happy little family, untill, the monsters came. Then, everything that I knew went down the drain. My entire life was turned upside down all because one monster decided that it was going to try and kill me on my sixteenth birthday. But if I had died then I wouldn't be talking to you. If your reading this then you know who and what you really are and that means that you have two options right now to make, and let me be the one to tell you that both of those options are going to determine what happens in your life from now on. The first option is that you go to a camp called camp half-blood and let them help you. Let them train you to fight and to protect yourself from anything that might happen to you while your out of school or in school. But if your family has disowned you or they have been killed then you can become a year-rounder at camp half-blood. The second option is that you put this book down right now and be ready to fight for you life no matter what. It's your choice. Oh and I almost for got to tell you, I'm a demi-god. My godly parents are Zues god of the sky, Poseidon god of the sea, Hades god of the underworld, Kronos god of time, and Gea the godess of the earth. You would think that the earth would be pretty nice but instead of her being nice all she wants to do is destroy the entire world. Now you tell me, is that a good role modle for a demi-god? If you want to answer please post on this rate and review and remember, there are others just like you and that you are never alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am thurougly confused. In here it says that Massayrm built all of the seven wonders, but the lighthouse of alexandria was built during the ptolemaic period of egypt, hundreds of years after the great pyramid, another of the seven wonders, was built for pharaoh kufu. There is no way that he could have lived that long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am eleven. But i have read kingdom keepes book seven, which, in case you didnt know, is very violent and probably for sixteen and up. Im unsure so thats why i gave it one star. Please answer in a review called Can You Read This Series) thanks!