Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lost in Babylon by Peter Lerangis

Seven Wonders #2
October 29, 2013

ONE STEP FORWARD. A week ago, thirteen-year-old Jak McKinley was a normal kid leading a normal life--totally unaware that he was about to die. He's cursed with a genetic abnormality that's giving him amazing powers too quickly for his body to handle. Jack's only hope: Find the seven lost Loculi that were hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by the last prince of Atlantis. Only they contain the magic to save him--and the world.
TWO STEPS BACK. After unearthing the first Loculus and defeating the Colossus of Rhodes, Jack and his friends are in worse shape than when they first set out. Marco had disappeared without a trace, along with the first Loculus. With no time to spare and no one to turn to, Jack and the gang have no choice but to follow the only clues they have and to head off on the next leg of their epic quest--to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
SEVEN WONDERS. Join the adventure now. Lost in Babylon is the second book in the swashbuckling Seven Wonders series from master storyteller Peter Lerangis.

Overall, I give Lost in Babylon 3 out of 5. It's a good book if you're looking for a quick read, but it's kind of disappointing if you've read the Percy Jackson books first. Honestly, I find the Seven Wonders Series to be a bit of a poor man's Percy Jackson. Even though it has an endorsement from Rick Riordan, I feel like it's a bit of a rip off. But that's just me. 
Still, the story is interesting and fast paced. I read it pretty quickly (two days once I picked it up and actually started reading), and got interested in it. There were a few things that were a little annoying and seemed to be solved a bit too easily, but some of the plot twists were fun and interesting. I especially loved the puzzles and Cass. He's quickly becoming my favorite character. The twist at the end, though... I didn't see that one coming. This one is geared toward younger, more Middle Grade readers, but it's still a relatively good read.

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