Title: The Colossus Rises
Author: Peter Lerangis
Age Group: Middle Grade
Series: Seven Wonders, book one
Star Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: This book was pitched perfectly--a great book highly recommended for Percy Jackson fans--but despite it, it just really fell short for me.
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jack McKinley is going to die in six months. After a bizarre accident, he is brought to a strange hospital that just might be full of crazy people. He is told that a genetic connection with a prince of a long-lost civilization, and as it grows, he grows stronger--with maybe even superpowers. But when his mission leads him to a group of magical items, he realizes that he and his friends are all that stands between the destruction of the world as they know it..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the premise of this novel--it really sounded cool, a bunch of kids with superpowers on the cusp of world destruction
-Jack, the hilarious main character--I really enjoyed him, and he grew into a major main character that I felt and cheered for
-Cass, the awkward young man who is clearly uncomfortable around other children--he too added to the great amount of humor in this novel
-Marco, the funny, silly jock--I liked how laid back he was throughout most of the novel
-Aly, the sarcastic movie nerd who grows to love her friends--I loved the way all the kids pretty much adopted one another as family
-Bhegad, the silly, sweet, awkward professor that tries unsuccessfully to stir the kids' mission
-I really liked the ending--it promised a sequel and it was satisfying
What could've been better:
-The pacing really suffered--I really struggled with the plot at times, because sometimes it was quick, and at others, it seemed to slow down--it was really bumpy
-Despite the premise, the adventure just seemed to be very awkward
Overall, I think The Colossus Rises had great potential, but I just didn't like it very much. Next on deck: Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine!