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Colossus Rises, The

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Colossus Rises, The

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ISBN:
9780062070401
Pages:
348pp
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Series Vol.#:
01
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Yes
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Overview

One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he's going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven't been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

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 bestselling 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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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
2.9
Story held my interest 
 
2.8  (2)
Writing style 
 
2.8  (2)
Characters 
 
3.3  (2)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0

the colossus rises

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Setting
takes place mostly on an island out in the middle of nowhere for almost until the ending of the book. there was a little setting here and there.
Characters
Characters overall are very well developed. jack , aly, marco, and cass are pretty much normal teens except for the whole super powers and weird stuff they do like say words backwards. Professor begard seems like a crazy educated man, somewhat suspicious in his ways. Torquin is a dumb big dude who doesn’t like shoes. Jack, aly, marco, and cass are friends although I have sneaking suspicions that there might be something going on between jack and aly. Most of them were put on a mysterious island where they are away from their parents.
Good Points
He told an interesting story. It makes your imagination run wild. Its told in order but they do have strange dreams which somewhat tells future events.
Bad Points
It could share more detail like what year in indiana did jack get taken to the ki.
Plot Summary
Seven wonders the colossus rises written by peter lerangis. Jack finds out he is connected with an ancient civilization aka atlantis thanks to a symbol on the back of his head and he faints thanks to it and so he goes to this mysterious island to develop his powers which he also gets from his symbol on his back and his main talent and they half to find the locaulus to not get treatments anymore because of their disease.
Ending
Ending was satisfying and a surprise. I was not expecting some things. I wish i could talk a little bit about the ending but that would give some of it away.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
1.5
Story held my interest 
 
1.5
Writing style 
 
1.5
Characters 
 
1.5

The Colossus Rises

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Setting
The Colossus Rises takes place on an unnamed tropical island that holds the secrets of Atlantis. It is a modern time in this book, but hardly any evidence is given to show it. The main conflict in the book is that Jack and his friends are going to die. These mysteriously hidden Loculi are hidden in different places all over the island and the first is on Mount Onyx, the dark mountain that towers over the island, and they must make it to the top. These four teenagers go through trials, ranging from traps to monsters, that attempt to keep them from the top.
Characters
Jack McKinley is the protagonist of this book, but he is not well-described. In the beginning, a brief description of his appearance is given, but nothing of his personality is depicted. A bit of character is shown when he defends a kid from a bully, but after that, no values are shown and hardly any emotion is displayed. He is meant to be a dynamic character, but he falls short of being any degree of interesting. He is described almost as poorly as his friend Marco. Descriptions of his three friends carry little detail. Cass is terrified of heights and has a photographic memory, Aly is a computer whiz that can solve almost any problem, but Marco is really sporty. He is not described as an athlete or a someone with extraordinary agility and awareness. He is said to be sporty. Marco, as well as his depiction fell more than flat. He is concave, if a character ever could be. Nonetheless, he plays Jack’s best friend and advisor. Though they are just teenagers, Jack seeks council in his friend and Marco embodies a reckless, almost childlike behavior.
Bad Points
Reading the description of the book, I was excited for an enticing tale of mythology, tragedy, and excitement. While the story left little to the imagination, and answered questions, the way it was written was poorly done. I was let down by the brief and unexpanding descriptions of characters. Simple words spearheaded each sentence allowing the me to read through quickly, but then out of left field would be a word kept in a large vocabulary. I have no issue with large vocabulary, because I can always look up a word, but the writing was inconsistent, switching back and forth between an elementary and a collegiate level vocabulary. Even worse than the worse themselves, were the way each sentence was sloppily woven into paragraphs. Subjects would change the third or fourth sentence into a paragraph, and I would find myself having trouble following the story. There was no foreshadowing and the book would hardly tie anything to previous or future events. When a new scene would erupt from the pages, I was left in the ashes of the last one. I love a book that entices me. I love it when I do not want to stop reading and each chapter leaves me wanting more. The Colossus Rises did none of that for me.
Plot Summary
The Colossus Rises,by Peter Lerangis, tells a story of a boy with strange powers. Long ago, before the city of Atlantis was lost, a queen discovered that she and her family had superhero-like abilities. To keep this power from corrupting her bloodline, she separated her family into seven sections called Loculi and hid them forever. Centuries later, Jack McKinley wakes up in a hospital on a tropical island, where he is told a terrible secret: he is going to die in six months. The only way to keep himself alive is to find these seven Loculi and unite them once again. He and four friends with the same problem, Cass, Aly, and Marco literally take their lives into their own hands as they set out to find these mysterious objects, and discover secrets of the past.
Ending
Throughout the book, I was let down by the events that transpired. Remaining consistent, Lerangis allows the ending to leave not wanting more. Every poorly constructed conflict was resolved in simple and unsatisfying ways. The ending was clearly just trying to set up a base for a sequel, though I am guessing the sequel will follow the same simple plot structure. Jack and his friend climb to the top of Mount Onyx, where they encounter a monster straight out of their nightmares. This novel did not leave me in suspense. The cliffhanger came so late that I did not even care that it had arrived. The sudden plot twist was easily seen and it was not exciting. Reading this book, I was saddened that I did not learn anything and that I was not captivated in any way.
Do you recommend this book?
No
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
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