Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem: In a few months, he's going to die.
Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.
The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven't been seen in thousands of years.
Because they're hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The thrills begin in The Colossus Rises, the first installment in the epic seven-book adventure series Seven Wonders, from master storyteller and best-selling 39 Clues series author Peter Lerangis. The highly anticipated series has received early praise from Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, who says, "A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets, The Colossus Rises is Lerangis's most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can't wait to see what's next in the Seven Wonders series!"
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I'm judging this for itself, and not for it's part in the series.
The main characters are believable and relatable. I can certainly understand Jack's lack of self confidence as the story progresses. I was a little disappointed that one of the four's return was so predicable, but I can't blame them for wanting to show a bit of physical proof of the power they were talking about. The either drip fed twists and shocking revelations expertly from beginning to end. I am looking forward to getting my hands on the next book soon.
Peter Lerangis's first book in the series has me looking forward to the following books. Jack and his three friends are likable characters. The plot was interesting with its plot twists and the interaction between the protagonists. The narrator did a fine job with this book. This should be liked by readers who enjoy the 39 clues books.
For a young adult book the adventure and action was exciting; however, the performance of the audio book was beyond awful! Halfway through I couldn't take it any more and deleted it from my ipod. I picked up the book in hard copy from the library to finish the story. I would not purchase any titles by that narrator again.
Audible reviews are pretty much crap, so see my Amazon review. I can't submit my full review here for some reason. Basically, this book has great potential and is a fun read, with mostly good narration, but suffers from convenient but unlikely plot devices, flat characters, and not enough realistic intelligence and rationality.
It's still worth checking out though, and convinced me to read the rest of the series.
Recently found a love for books and with Audible I can clean and keep going - I also use it in my classroom to urge kids to read.
This was a very very very long story that had several moments to end and pick up in another book whew. Found myself wishing for characters to die just to end
Jack was smart and funny and was a true leader of the group.
Great job - loved they way he changed his voice for each character.
We laughed and the book left us hanging. Couldn't wait to start the second book.
My children loved this book. Everyday on the way to and from school they asked to listen to the book. It has been the quietest car ride we have had in months. Thank you Peter Lerangis for giving this mom something to look forward to each day.
My daughter is in 5th grade and this book is her book club's selection. She listened to this and immediately took out book two. She liked fable haven and seven kingdoms. This one isn't quite as enjoyable as those for her but she gives this 4 stars.
The story is okay... I would probably read the next book in the series. I didn't love the performance, though I guess toward the end I just kind of settled for it. Very Riordan-esque, though there were moments when I thought it was a bit too over the top - silly almost.
This book was the best I've ever listened to. It should be an award winner for best story. The story was action packed with excitement and a lot of family.
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