Published: February 5th, 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
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.
I picked up The Colossus Rises when I was tidying the shelves at work yesterday because I had forgotten to take my Ipad to work and I didn't have anything to read. It's aimed at a little younger readers than we normally review for, but it was fun to read and I finished it at work today.
This was a really fun adventure story, full of young teenagers coming into their previously unknown powers. There's Jack, who doesn't actually think he has any power, but in fact he's a bit of a genius at making crazy gadgets - a la McGyver style for those who remember that far back. Then there's Marco, who's very strong and athletic; Aly who is the computer whiz - there has to be at least one, hasn't there - and then Cass, who is a bit of a wimp really, but he has an absolutely prodigious memory.
The four kids are really under the guard of Torquin, whom I loved. He's really the comic relief - a huge man with a long beard and who likes to run around with bare feet. I loved him. Then there is the father figure, Professor Bhegad - I think he's a good guy, but there are a few weird things about him. The kids of course have to end up working together to defeat the Great Gryphon and find the first of the 7 stones they need to bring back Atlantis.
Of course, there are all sorts of obstacles and adventures to overcome with several very convenient co-incidents, but really the book was just great fun to read and should be a sure-fire hit for fans of Percy Jackson and the like. A perfect fit for younger teens, particularly the boys, but girls should enjoy it too.