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Seven Wonders Book 5: The Legend of the Rift

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Action high, character growth low in series wrap-up.

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This action-packed final installment with lots of complicated subplots to wrap up treats characters like puppets along for the ride. If you're a fan of Michael Bay movies, you may be fine with THE LEGEND OF THE RIFT. The Amazons, giant blob beasts, and underwater escapes are exciting. But if you like to dig into the trials of characters on a hero's journey -- think Frodo in Lord of the Rings -- the depth you're seeking is just not there. Marco delivers his one-liners on cue when things are tense, Jack makes the tough decisions, Cass uses his Google Map-like brain to break out of prison, and nobody grows or changes in any way. We know that Jack is motivated by wanting his family together again, but that's as far as the character reflection goes.

While sometimes a light read is a nice break, making characters memorable and relatable is what would make this series stand the test of time. Someone who studies the seven wonders can attest: It's not just the towering monuments that endure in our minds centuries later, it's the stories of the people who built them and why.

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