Monday, November 17, 2014

Teen review: Ancient worlds

Rick Riordan, the popular author of the Percy Jackson series, took a little break to introduce the Kane Chronicles, with the first book in the trilogy being The Red Pyramid. The Red Pyramid is certainly not a far cry from the Percy Jackson series, using the same basis of blend between reality and ancient mythology, featuring gods, goddesses, monsters, and more from a new Egyptian (as opposed to Greek) template. At a sizable 516 pages, this fantasy book revolves around two teenage siblings who are thrown from their normal, everyday world into an confusing, painful, but exciting land of lore believed not to exist. They will face great danger, betrayals, and a lot of enemies. Yet Riordan is able to keep things light!

I enjoyed this book, the reason being that Rick Riordan is able to use literature in a way that connects with the reader. Using humor and relatable situations, he’s able to sculpt The Red Pyramid like a lump of wet clay. The plot also follows the standard Riordan time limit--the characters are only given a certain amount of time to accomplish one thing or another. Somehow, the suspense, drama, and humor mix very well together. Finally, the cover of The Red Pyramid shows a great image of main characters Sadie and Carter standing before…well, the Red Pyramid. It’s aesthetically appealing, and if I judged books by their covers, I would assume this book to be a 5 out of 5.

I would recommend The Red Pyramid to kids and teens alike, if they enjoy reading fantasy. It’s not a particularly hard book to read, vocabulary wise. However, some of the topics this book covers are for more mature audiences. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read, but it’s certainly worth a read. If you’ve read the Percy Jackson series, then starting The Red Pyramid is like a breath of fresh air.

Reviewed by Isaac Kim, grade 9

Editor's note: We also have this as an audio book, and there is a graphic novel as well!

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