The Colossus Rises

The Colossus Rises

eBook - 2013
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Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis' power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities.
Published: New York, NY : Harper, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062070425
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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MelifluousView Jan 17, 2017

I love how Jack doesn't seem to see his own gifts when comparing himself to so many of us. Jack's adventures and his connection to the other Select made for an enjoyable read.

Jul 01, 2016

this is one of the most exciting series i've ever read. it's exciting and dramatic and it's sure to excite people who like adventures and danger

Mar 31, 2016

This is an excellent read for anyone who likes the Percy Jackson series.

samdog123 May 20, 2015

Great read-alike for all those Percy Jackson fans out there! Main character, Jack, discovers he has a rare condition and must find the ancient spheres from Atlantis, hidden at the Seven Ancient wonders of the world sites, in order to find a cure. Working with Marco, Cass and Aly, who also suffer from the same condition and are 'selects,' they have an action-packed adventure! First in a series--definitely going to read the rest!

Feb 25, 2015

Fast paced and funny. This is a great series for anyone who enjoys Percy Jackson books.

ChristchurchKids Dec 23, 2014

Imagine that you were told that you woke up on a mysterious island, a place that few people know even exists, and told that you have six months to live. You’re told that you have a special gene that gives you amazing powers, but the only way to keep those powers under control and keep you alive is to retrieve seven lost magical orbs. These orbs have been hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and it’s up to you and your new friends to retrieve them before it’s too late. This is the task that is given to Jack McKinley in Peter Lerangis’ new series, Seven Wonders. The first book in the Seven Wonders series, The Colossus Rises is out now.

The Colossus Rises is an action-packed blockbuster of a book. From the first sentence you’re hooked into the story and, like Jack, you’re whisked from your normal, everyday life into a strange new world. You’re taken to a place of legend, home to mysterious creatures, and where a group of kids have amazing powers. The mystery of the unique gene that Jack and his friends have and the magical orbs draws you in and you keep reading hoping to find the answers. Peter Lerangis is very good at only revealing little details throughout the story to leave you hanging and we’ll find out more as the series progresses. There is definitely more to the island and their quest that Professor Bhegad isn’t revealing to Jack and his friends (if you read the free ebook prequel, The Select, you’ll see what I mean).

Peter really keeps you on the edge of your seat. There is danger around every corner so you never know what to expect next. I wasn’t even sure that Jack and his friends were all going to make it to the end of the story alive, as they have some very close shaves. The second half of the book is especially exciting and fast-paced and had me engrossed in the story.

Like the Percy Jackson books The Colossus Rises is a mixture of adventure and fantasy. Jack and his friends have powers that help them in in their quest to find the orbs and the island is home to mysterious and mythical creatures. They have to fight for their lives with these creatures, both on the island and on the other side of the world, in plain view of normal humans.

Oct 25, 2014

i put it on hold because its super good i read the first two chapters and i loved it btw the book was my friends and it was from library so i could not take it hommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmme darn it

Bookworm11_a Aug 26, 2013

My friend told me to read this book and I honestly loved it. It is the kind of book that has a very interesting plot and always keeps you on your toes. So you have yet to read it yet than you are missing out.

May 25, 2013

Good beginning of series. Nice pacing to action with loose ends, of course. This is supposed to be the first of a seven volume series. Not clear how the Atlanteans knew about the Wonders that wouldn't exhist for 10,000 years. Wonder what the Great Wonders of the galaxy be in the 121th century will be!

May 03, 2013

Review summary: A great read for fans of Rick Riordan, the 39 Clues series or readers of The Immortal Nicholas Flammel series. Full review: Ever since I finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, I haven't been able to find a good alternative. There are some great middle grade series out there, don't get me wrong. But none of them had the same feel to it as PJO. Until now. This book had a lot of similar elements to PJO. The one stood out to me the most was its humour. Rick Riordan was able to infuse humour into his books even when things got tense. What's even better was that the humour did not come from one single "comic relief character." Peter Lerangis took a page right out of Riordan's How to Write a Fantastic Book Series and did exactly that. Every one of the characters was capable of delivering a funny punchline and that showed great versatility. I really love it when a character is more than just "The Hero", "The Clown" or "The Nerd." Because in some way, everyone has those characteristics within them. Jack, Marco, Aly and Cass all displayed those characteristics and it made the story much more believable. And the best part of all is that they all had equal opportunities to shine; although the story was told in Jack's perspective, all of them could be viewed as the main character. Another character I thought Lerangis delivered really well was Torquin. He is a large henchman to the Karai Institute. Stereotypically, the large henchman is not the sharpest tool in the shed, and is usually used as a comic relief. Sure, Torquin had his funny moments, but he also showed that he is just like you and me. He gets frustrated when he has to come in on his day off, he hates babysitting the kids, yet, he is smart enough to monitor the entire institute's surveillance system and can notice when things feel off. At times you feel bad for him, and then you realize you really hate his stubbornness. If you're not a fan of Rick Riordan (although that is impossible), there are other aspects of this novel that might appeal to you. Like in the 39 Clues, this book drew in historical elements and made me really interested in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. I go gaga for anything about ancient civilization, which made my time in my time in my grade 11 history class oh so enjoyable. This book had puzzles and riddles that needed to be solved and fans of the 39 Clues series should definitely check it out. P.S.: Totally adored the illustrations! They were an essential part to the puzzle solving. Excellent.

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Jul 02, 2014

Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones in the New York Times bestselling epic adventure Seven Wonders! The Colossus Rises is the first book in a seven-book series. This first installment chronicles the story of Jack McKinley, an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die—unless he finds seven magic Loculi that have been hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


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