The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 5, 2014
Percy Jackson fan? This book is right up your alley!
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
So, let me give you a bit of a backstory, this book follows this kid, a special kid with a mystical heritage. Kinda cliché, I know, but it’s worth it.
His name is Jack, and he has this gene called “G7W”, that only the highest royals from the long lost land of Atlantis had. Having it means that (other than the lambda that appears on the back of your head that you can’t shave) whatever you’re good at, you’re the best at, from brains to athletics. It basically enhances you.
Awesome right? Nope
It of course has a little bit of a downside, it kills you when you hit 14 years of age, so when Jack hits 14, he passes out at school and is taken to the hospital, where he is practically kidnapped by the Karai Institute. This institute is determined to save all kids that have the gene by delaying their deaths (with a series of constant “procedures”) and training them so they can help find the cure with their abilities.
The cure? they’re not sure, they know the have to get all 7 loculi, these wierds orbes of light and energy that, when brought together, are supposed to cure them, but they can also grant a lot, A WHOLE DAMN LOT of power, so Jack and his friends may be either getting the cure, or helping create a new wolrd order, you know, normal teenager stuff.
It’s a pretty good book, simple and clean. The characters are deep enough to not be bland, they don’t really develop though. Also, the way Peter Lerangis writes kinda confuses me from time to time setting-wise, but it’s understandable. All around a pretty good book, not overly complicated and easy to follow.