Book Review: The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders #1)

The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders #1)

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.

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At first I’m torn between reading it and looking for something else to read. The plot of the story is somehow boring and predictable. The title itself, one way or another, gives everything out. It’s like you just need to figure out where the snags are injected. The book cover is interesting though. It takes an eye catching cover, enthralling plot and noteworthy title for a book to be worth reading. Well, not for all but this time.. for me. Some would rather say “Don’t judge the book by it’s cover”. I just saw this book on a giveaway promo from Saab Magalona’s blog to her avid readers. Since I don’t have anything interesting to read for the longest time since I’ve finished reading the Percy Jackson’s books, I gave it a shot.

After reading a couple of pages, I scowled and really on the verge of not continuing to read but I continued. It started on a slow pace and like the main character Jack McKinley, I’m confused about what’s happening and why it was happening. So much secrets to unravel and to figure out. It all comes to pieces, well not completely but a bit when Professor Bhegad explained about the G7W. You need to read the book to understand what it is. The characters are not well introduced to the readers too. I felt that they’re not specifically presented for the readers to love them. Instead, the author loads more complications for readers to again.. wonder. The adventure and the journey to solve the mysteries are quite interesting in spite of the confusion and all those moments of wondering, though you really need to know the myths so you can relate to where the story is going. Plus a lot of common sense. In the middle of reading, I was looking for something to make me read it more and I was really surprised that I already finished reading it. I was left with a lot of questions and not the curiosity and the excitement to read the next book.

I know it’s terrible to compare but the concept of the book is a lot like that of Percy Jackson’s but I have to say that the latter is a lot far better. Plus I learned to  love the characters there, each and every one of them. Despite all these, I’m looking forward to the next installment entitled Seven Wonders: Lost in Babylon which will be released in October. I’m really hoping that it will be a lot more interesting and less complicated.

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