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Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Super-teens clash with ancient history in OK series start.

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age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Poor character development

I was looking for a series of audiobooks to follow the Harry Potter series, which is a high standard to meet. This was s total flop. The characters were completely undeveloped with little personality or emotional depth. Their decisions made no sense. It just wasn’t an enjoyable read. We quit 3/4 of the way through.
age 8+

Best book my son has read

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Fans of Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles may ask themselves: The formula's the same (modern teens meet mythology and big adventures), so why aren't I absolutely loving this? The adventures are still big, with some scary creatures and clues to puzzle out. But the characters need some fleshing out -- some moments of reflection so we can know them well enough to get excited about traveling the world with them, finding cool ancient stuff for what's probably six more books.

Instead, the author piles on another mysterious angle to overcomplicate the plot or takes the teens back -- again -- to wondering why they're on the island and can they really trust the crazy professor? Who knows? But it's more important for readers to put their trust in the main characters first.

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