SEVEN WONDERS : THE COLOSSUS RISES BY PETER LERANGIS : BOOK REVIEW

March 27, 2013

"You, Jack, are the Tailor; the one who puts it all together."
Just one boy; Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In six months, Jack is going to die. Just one mission; 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 possiblity to escape. The place is run by an odd professor named Bhegad, who tells Jack that what's killing him is a genetic trait inherited from the prince of a long-lost civilization. It's destroying Jack by making him too strong too fast. He'll need to stay strong, though-because it's up to him to save the world. Just one problem; That long-lost civilization sank when seven magic Loculi were stolen and hidden around the world. Now Jack and his friends must find the Loculi before they fall into the wrong hands. If they don't, they'll never be cured, that lost world will rise, oceans will be displaced, and life as we know it will pretty much end. Seven wonders; No one ever asked Jack if he wanted to be a hero. He just has to be on. One kid. One mission. One big problem.

After Rick Riordan's success with Percy Jackson series, a lot of authors are battling on re-creating and re-mixing mythology into something new and worth imagining. The greek and egyptian's myths have been taken by the awesome Riordan, but how about Atlantis? Peter Lerangis is the one trying to make Atlantis comes back to our modern-mind with his newest installment of seven (yes, just like the title says, seven books and fortunately seven journals as well). So, does Peter's baby will somehow make it? The answers is a big NO.

Jack McKinley is an ordinary boy who had just turned 13. He lives with his father who often leaves him for a job in another country, but (you bet) he's fine with it. He likes to make his own version of alarm clock and something called uglisaurus. His life is pretty much normal, until he passed out and ended up in a remotely secretive island where a strange place named Karai Institute, leads by a strange professor named Bhegad,  takes place. Short story short, he'd been told that he's the descendant of Atlantian (just a term I use to call Atlantis people) and that he's going to die, unless he and his other 3 friends with superpowers can find 7 Loculis hidden in seven different places known as seven wonders. What will happen next?

I was clueless reading this book. What is it exactly that Lerangis intend to do with this book? Where is this going? The storyline is scattered, the plot is dull, there's no maintaining the pace whatsoever, the events are mostly unecessary and out of purpose, the transition between one event to another just recklessly happen. I need some explanations here, some backstories that'll somehow make the writing solid (I know I'm not an expert in English, but some words are better said in reverse, and some are gramatically wrong). There's no spesific explanations; about how the Atlantis sunk (just some classic story, not a hidden clues or something), and why do Jack and his three other friends are somehow Atlantian descendants. Where did the superpowers come from? Why the only remaining of the seven is the Pyramid in Egypt? And how can the Loculi cures them? No, nothing at all.

First half chapters are badly built. Lerangis somehow want to slowly build the world of Karai Institute, the process of getting to know each characters and the problem they're up against later. But, it all falls apart as Lerangis dumbfoundedly makes Bhegad spills everything in words like storyteller, not by creating the self-discoveration through Jack. And what's with the treatment anyway? How does the treatment actually helps the kids? No one knows. I'm highly dissapointed on how Lerangis presents the 'core' so late (after the SECOND escape of the kids he finally says it all, what the hell man?!). But, one thing tops others; where the fuck is the villain? The so-called-Massa with their strange tattoos are only presented in the last 50 pages of the book. I know Lerangis has six more of this, but first impression counts!

Now, let's talk about the characters. NONE of the characters impress me. Jack, whom I supposedly in awe with, gives me nothing but the mind of a lost child, not knowing what to do and what's right, but only follows what's been told. He has no adventure whatsoever. Cass, Aly and Marco are nothing but a burnt sprinkles, saying in backwards, complementing movies and throwing basketball. And there's Professor Bhegad; what's up with him? Is he a bad guy or not? What is his intention anyway? His character seems like an unsupportive ghost to me; super unrelated yet super confusing. Above all, I like Torquin, the temperamental bodyguard (or soldier, whatever). His characters is so dumb and lack of relation with others, but I like it.

The Colossus Rises is yet the beginning but seem to be the worst. The chapter's title may be catchy, but I'm not falling for anything in this book. Will I buy the second book "Lost in Babylon" in upcoming Fall? I think I will, just to know how things are changing. If it isn't, then I'll leave it. Bottom line, I don't recommend you to read this book, because you'll stuck figuring out like me and purposedly pushed to buy the second book to see if it's getting better or not. I've warnt you. 


Title : Seven Wonders : The Colossus Rises
Author : Peter Lerangis
Series : Seven Wonders #1
First Published : February 2013
Publisher : HarperCollins
Pages : 348
Cover : paperback
Chapters : 51
Genre : fantasy, fiction, adventure, mythology
Extras : none
Price : $9.99 (IDR 120k)
Rate : 3/10
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