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The Colossus Rises

(Seven Wonders #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  12,347 ratings  ·  1,089 reviews
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
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by HarperCollins
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J. Walker It's juvenile adventure fiction in a fantasy classical setting.
It's as much about the teenagers (all under 14) and the adventure they undertake as it…more
It's juvenile adventure fiction in a fantasy classical setting.
It's as much about the teenagers (all under 14) and the adventure they undertake as it is about familiarizing the reader with a version of the hero's journey. The setting involving the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is as much about familiarizing the reader with what and where they were, as it is about creating a fantastic reason to travel through time and space - and save the world in the bargain. (That's not a spoiler, that's the template. LOL)(less)

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Stella Chen
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Rick Riordan, 39 Clues and Nicholas Flamel.
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
Apr 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
I truly wanted to like this book. On the whole, I love YA fantasy, and after reading so many reviews comparing this book to the Percy Jackson series, I looked forward to a wonderful read. Then there's Peter Lerangis' pedigree as an author: having published so many books, and received so much acclaim, I felt confident an evening with this book would be well spent.

How wrong I was.

There is no character development here. Rather, we're introduced to Jack in the first character. He's a 13-year-old kid
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you liked Percy, Annabeth, and others from PERCY JACKSON you'll like Jack, Aly and more as they go to Rhodes to get #1 of the 7 locotuses to save the 13 year old's lifes. This book is full of adventures ,big and small,scary and silly.

Rebecca - 3rd grade
Emily S.

That's pretty much how I was left feeling after this book. To say that it ends on a cliffhanger is a gross understatement. Luckily, it's one that has me jonesing for the next book in the series. Fall 2013 can't come soon enough!

I had a completely different experience with this book. I chose it as a classroom read aloud for my fourth graders. The trick to picking a good read aloud is to get one that's the start of a series and one that will capture the students and make them demand more. A
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was rather disappointed with this book. It's clearly meant to ride the coattails of Rick Riordan's two mythology based series (if it wasn't written to that purpose, it's definitely marketed that way; down to the similar cover art and font!), but Lerangis is not up to the story-telling level of Riordan.

Every character in the book is a cliche (you've got your quintessential superman/brawn, computer/indie chick, and brainy nerd as the support team to the main character who feels like a useless
Clare Cannon
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 08-12yrs
As the first book in a new series with a grand name (Seven Wonders), The Colossus Rises is a medium-paced action-adventure that will hold the interest of average to advanced readers. Reluctant readers would find the all-absorbing Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Set series more entertaining.

While it doesn't bode well that within minutes of finishing the book I'd forgotten the name of the main character, Jack (looked it up again) and his friends were pleasant company for the most part. The
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I first became aware of Peter Lerangis during the Columbia Publishing Course's Book Workshop. He's written more than a hundred books for children and young adults, including entries in the popular series The 39 Clues. His new series, Seven Wonders, is obviously aimed at the Percy Jackson demographic of his fellow 39 Clues author Rick Riordan.

THE COLOSSUS RISES begins with Jack McKinley getting sick, collapsing in the street, and briefly waking up in the hospital before coming to at a strange
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loads of fun, very fast, very action-packed. Recommend for fans of Percy Jackson!
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook

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Whoever compared this to Percy Jackson

Sorry Peter Lerangis you are no Rick Riordan. Not only was this book boring it was also disappointing. There is poor characterization and meh action scenes etc.. I was expecting another Percy Jackson, you have no idea how happy I was to find this book. I spent the whole book waiting for something exciting to happen, but unfortunately it never came. With that said, it had an good
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: Picked this up on a whim just because it was so popular with the kids and found it to be a wholly diverting, fun bit of folly that won't make you think too hard but, by the same token, will never ever bore you.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really wasn't sure if I was gonna like this book. I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are fun and full of adventure. The plot idea is interesting and not one that I have seen before. I really enjoyed reading about all the ways they dodge Torquin. There are still a lot of unanswered questions and I am interested in finding the answers so I will definitely be reading more of this series.

On the morning I was scheduled to die, a large barefoot man with a bushy red beard waddled past my house.

That, my friends, is how you start a book.

Jack McKinley was just like any other 13-year old boy: always woke up late for school, didn't want a babysitter while his father worked out of town, dreaded math tests. His world changed one morning when he passed out just before school. The next thing he knew he was in a hospital with the strange red-beared man
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
13 year old Jack Mckinley got hit by a car one morning and almost died in the operating table. When he woke up, he realized he was no longer in a hospital where he was rushed into but instead he was transported in a remote place, completely far from where he lives, known as the Karai Institute. There he discovered through the help of Professor Bhegad that he has a rare genetic marker called as the G7W and he needed to get the treatment which the Karai institute can provide or he's going to die. ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was the first book in the Seven Wonders series and I have had it to read for awhile. My son (8 years old) and I ended up reading it together. It was a very fun and well done middle grade adventure fantasy. My 8 year old son and I enjoyed it a ton. There are, ironically, five books in the Seven Wonders series. The final book in the series, The Legend of the Rift, will release in March of 2016.

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with a desperate problem….he’s going to die any day now. Then he
Jean Claudia (Bookish Poetess)
“Do you know the term deja vu? When you have this odd feeling I've been here before, even though you know you haven't? That feeling is considered to be a fantasy, too. But research shows that deja vu is a connection to something real—some past event that left an unanswered question.”

It's been a year since I first read this one and now I finally decided to re-read it and then the next books because I already have the book two! I stumbled upon this book years ago and I really wanted it immediately
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
So this series is often compared with Percy Jackson and the Olympians for good reason. Its a big adventure and you only get the first taste in this book. Peter Lerangis is pretty well known for his other Ya Series "39 Clues" which is a big hit at home. I saw the book and kept thinking I knew the author. Then it dawned on me the Clues book. So I put it in the Queue.
I really like adventure books specially when they have mysteries at the end of the proverbial rainbow.
The first kid we meet is Jack
Brigid ✩
Okay, this book looks like it's trying painfully hard to be Percy Jackson––I mean the style of the cover, the font, the blurb from Rick Riordan. It's kind of cringe-worthy.

... But it's working on me and I'll probably read it anyway. It sounds pretty cool.
The Colossus Rises is the first book in a series for middle-grade readers. In the beginning, we meet Jack, who I think is 13. He's just a regular kid. Except that he's going to die. He just doesn't quite know it yet. In The Colossus Rises, we get to follow Jack as he learns why he's different from most kids, meets kids that are just like him, discover the special mission he must go on, and face adventures most kids only dream of. The big question for this series is whether or not the kids can ...more
Will Robinson Jr.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This was a great contemporary fantasy adventure but I felt there are other books like this that do a better job with the genre. The witty banter between the characters was well done and the action is well paced. The concepts and the maguffin introduced in the story is interesting enough. There is also a little globe trotting in the story which gives the book an exotic feel. Ultimately where the book ends up being okay is the lack of character development of the characters other than our main ...more
Fabian Lozada
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders, #1), what an amazing title. That, and the fact that Rick (author of the Percy Jackon series) said it was good made me want this book to read it.

Normally i love books with some myth behind them, and normally i do not see many books that include the seven wonders of the world and the city of atlantis. It has a nice plot to it, and the words used in the book were expected, but as someone has said before me, 8-12 year olds probably do not know many.Personally i was
Avery (ThePagemaster)

Ehh....It was alright. I know it has a Percy Jackson/Michael Vey vibe, but it felt like your run-of-the-mill Middle Grade Fantasy/Adventure story. It did keep me entertained and I like the general plot of the story, though.
Hope Reads
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Original review posted on y blog:

My Thoughts:

The story follows a thirteen year old boy Jack and his friends, who also are affected by the same genetic disorder and find themselves at the Karai Institute on an island that is hidden away at middle of nowhere basically. This is where the adventure begins for Jack and his friends. This was an easy and fast book to read and beginning of the book was interesting but towards the middle of the book I just wanted
Star Rating:

*2.5 - 3 stars, I can't decide, it's somewhere in there*


Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In six months, Jack is going to die.

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
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read an ARC of this book, so I will try to keep my review spoiler-free even as I speak about it honestly.

Rating it was difficult since I did enjoy it on some level. If I could, I would probably give it two and a half stars. It had a good pace with some cliffhangers at the end of chapters, and the characters were likeable. However, I think what ended up disappointing me was how it felt more like a variation on a theme rather than an original take on old ideas. If that makes any sense.

I realize
Taryne Rhedey
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book, but unfortunately it fell short of its mark.
The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis wasn't horrible by any means, the premise holds great promise but the book was almost over before anything of real substance happened. I understand, and am probably guilty of creating a believable world that calls for heavy description, but this one really took the momentum out of the story.
It isn't fair to compare it to Percy Jackson, but my love of that series couldn't be put aside.
Jennifer Gwydir
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first of seven in the Seven Wonders series, The Colossus Rises introduces Jack, Cass, Marco and Aly, all of whom carry the G7W gene marker—manifested by the lambda-shaped upside down V on the back of the head that appears at age 14. This rare condition results in special gifts but also in death, and unless they find the cure—which is hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—they will die. Their mission is to locate the seven magic loculi that house the powers that, once they are ...more
April Thompson
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I love adventure books. Always have. I'm a kid at heart and get excited easily about things that fascinate me. This definitely contained lots of adventure and was well paced and made me want to know what happens next.

When I read, I try never to compare my current book to other books I've read. I try to judge how much I like a book when I'm done with it at the time and rate accordingly.

Going in, I hoped this wouldn't be a knock-off of the PJ series. Well, it was no where close to that. It had
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: para-mythology
The Good: I had no idea what to expect when I opened The Colossus Rises. I was a happy to find a middle grade adventure story with supernatural elements. Or rather, mostly science fiction/superhero elements, rather than paranormal. Jack is a realistic protagonist, asking the important questions and not taking explanations at face value. The series seems poised to teach readers about the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, which I think is awesome as even I, an adult with all my schooling and ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book because there was a ton of action, and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. But the reason why I only did 4 stars, was the in the end, Jack doesn't have any superpowers at all, all he is is a "tailor" to help "glue the people together" which I found very cheesy like Peter Lerangis was trying to imply a message in there for all kids saying that your still useful, even if everyone is more powerful than you. From fantasy, to fable. Either way, this was a great book, ...more
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Lerangis's work includes The Viper's Nest and The Sword Thief, two titles in the children's-book series The 39 Clues, the historical novel Smiler's Bones, the YA dark comedy-adventure novel wtf, the Drama Club series, the Spy X series, the Watchers series, the Abracadabra series, and the Antarctica two-book adventure, as well ghostwriting for series such as the Three Investigators, the Hardy Boys ...more

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Seven Wonders (5 books)
  • Lost in Babylon (Seven Wonders, #2)
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“Imagine! In each of us lies the potential to do superhuman things. Feats of great physical daring, art, science. The ability to defy laws of nature.” 9 likes
“On the morning I was scheduled to die, a large barefoot man with a bushy red beard waddled past my house.” 5 likes
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