Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises

Book 1 of 4 in the Seven Wonders Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 5n/a4.166312

New York Times Bestselling Series!

“A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets. The Colossus Rises is Lerangis’s most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Seven Wonders series!” —Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series

Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones in master storyteller and 39 Clues author Peter Lerangis’s epic Seven Wonders series.

The Colossus Rises is the first installment of the bestselling five-book series chronicling the story of Jack McKinley, an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die—unless he finds seven magic Loculi that have been hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Young readers will learn all about the history and mysteries of the ancient world while savoring this unputdownable story from first page to last.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on February 5, 2013 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0062070401
ISBN-13: 9780062070401
21 Book Reviews
  • penguin313
    penguin313Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm55 stars
    A very good plot. I like how the author built up suspense and how he leaves you on a cliff hanger.
    • marcamola
      marcamolaSunday, March 2, 2014 at 11:12 am55 stars
      its the best yet
      • pipermc11
        pipermc11Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:50 am55 stars
        Jack McKinley thought he was like any other boy. He wasn't different, or strange. Just average. Until, a day comes when he passes out. After he wakes up, he finds himself in a hospital-like room. There he figures out that he is most definitely NOT average. He is part of a different species. One that can save, or destroy the world. They are the smartest people on Earth, with brain capacity beyond all others. So when they are entitled to the task of finding the most difficult things on Earth, what will happen?
        • bookworm890
          bookworm890Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 8:29 pm44 stars
          This book was a pretty fast read and resembled Children of the Lamp and Percy Jackson (but both are kind of hard to avoid when delving into the realm of mythology. The story was fast but there wasn't much character development and some missing details.
          • bookish5
            bookish5Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 5:30 am55 stars
            I would really like to read this book because it looks really interesting and full of adventure. It also is the first in a series and hopefully it will be the start to a good one that I will want to continue.
            • ilgrocks
              ilgrocksMonday, July 29, 2013 at 7:49 pm44 starsFeatured
              This series is about 4 kids (Cass, Ally, Jack. and Marco) with super powers. Unfortunately they have to have treatment or else they will die. They are searching for the 7 Loculis which hold the power of Atlantis. Each of the Loculis are located at at one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.Along the way they have incredible adventures. It is really good because you learn a lot about history. I LOVE IT!!!
              • ninjaldb
                ninjaldbWednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10:17 am55 stars
                This series is about 4 kids (Cass, Ally, Jack. and Marco) with super powers. Unfortunately they have to have treatment or else they will die. They are searching for the 7 Loculis which hold the power of Atlantis. Each of the Loculis are located at at one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.Along the way they have incredible adventures. It is really good because you learn a lot about history. I LOVE IT!!!
                • animallover
                  animalloverSunday, June 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm55 stars
                  This looks awesome!
                  • xxpish
                    xxpishWednesday, May 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm55 starsFeatured
                    Jack McKinley is 13 years old. It is just a normal school day when he finds a weird V-shape on the back of his head, and gets hit by a car. Jack finds himself at a “hospital”, which he soon finds out is an Institute. Not just any institute, but the Karai Institute, on an island unplotted on maps, lead by Professor Bhegad. Jack meets three other kids that have the same “lamda” (if you are Greek, (like me!) you will know that it is basically a Greek L) on the back of their heads. Bhegad explains that it is a rare genetic marker: that they all have G7W and will die without treatments. They are on a mission: to find all of the lost Loculi and return them so Atlantis can regain its power. But it will prove challenging since there are seven of them; hidden in the seven ancient wonders of the world. In a thrilling start to what promises to be an epic series, Lerangis pens a tale full of action, loss, mythical creatures and ancient secrets that is sure to make readers anxious for a sequel. What I thought about it: The Colossus Rises was a very entertaining read. The first 30 pages were a little slow, but the pages that followed totally made up for it. I have read Peter Lerangis’ 39 Clues contributions, and they were pretty enjoyable. This book appealed to me: the cover, the author, the Seven Wonders. I think Lerangis’ idea is spectacular; with there being seven loculi in the seven wonders of the world. That means almost half of the books will be in Greece!!! I loved the rich description as they walk down the streets of Rhodes, and I just felt like I was in Greece. Also, the suspense was epic. Is he dead? Or not dead? Like, you are stuck trying to see if Lerangis has tricked you again, or not. The cover was pretty intense-it had me captivated, and was one of the main reasons for picking up the book. So overall, amazing book.
                    • xxpish
                      xxpishFriday, April 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm55 starsFeatured
                      Here’s my review of The Colossus Rises. Enjoy! Jack McKinley is 13 years old. It is just a normal school day when he finds a weird V-shape on the back of his head, and gets hit by a car. Jack finds himself at a “hospital”, which he soon finds out is an Institute. Not just any institute, but the Karai Institute, on an island unplotted on maps, lead by Professor Bhegad. Jack meets three other kids that have the same “lamda” (if you are Greek, (like me!) you will know that it is basically a Greek L) on the back of their heads. Bhegad explains that it is a rare genetic marker: that they all have G7W and will die without treatments. They are on a mission: to find all of the lost Loculi and return them so Atlantis can regain its power. But it will prove challenging since there are seven of them; hidden in the seven ancient wonders of the world. In a thrilling start to what promises to be an epic series, Lerangis pens a tale full of action, loss, mythical creatures and ancient secrets that is sure to make readers anxious for a sequel. What I thought about it: The Colossus Rises was a very entertaining read. The first 30 pages were a little slow, but the pages that followed totally made up for it. I have read Peter Lerangis’ 39 Clues contributions, and they were pretty enjoyable. This book appealed to me: the cover, the author, the Seven Wonders. I think Lerangis’ idea is spectacular; with there being seven loculi in the seven wonders of the world. That means almost half of the books will be in Greece!!! I loved the rich description as they walk down the streets of Rhodes, and I just felt like I was in Greece. Also, the suspense was epic. Is he dead? Or not dead? Like, you are stuck trying to see if Lerangis has tricked you again, or not. The cover was pretty intense-it had me captivated, and was one of the main reasons for picking up the book. So overall, amazing book.