Seven Wonders – The Colossus Rises * Peter Lerangis

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

“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.”

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.

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 Academy. He and the other kids there have special abilities, but the price is that they’ll die within the year. What comes next is a fast-paced adventure with plenty of puzzles to solve. Lerangis does a good job setting up the world and search for the McGuffins, but the children are very much one-sided cardboard characters with no depth.

I spent the whole book waiting for something exciting to happen, but unfortunately it never came. With that said, it had an good premise and it does have what it takes for others to like it, but it just wasn’t for me.

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