Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them--Set--has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

You want to know how to feel uber smart? Read Rick Riordan's books.  Simple fact.

As an avid fan on Rick's, I had to get my hands on this hunk of entertainment. I mean come on?! The Percy Jackson series is one of my favorites, and everyone thinks I'm an epic nerd for knowing all the Greek gods by heart. It just lights a fire for me. Now even though Egyptian gods are a lot harder to understand, this book is still amazing. Rick has some sort of supernatural writing power that allows him to create a masterpiece story. The Red Pyramid is somehow perfectly paced. Things just happen in the right way at the right time. The characters are so much fun. The story is told through first person, so you see how these two kids react to the danger and adventures they encounter. And for some reason, Rick being an adult has still been able to tap into a twelve year old mind and write that way.

Sadie and Carter are hysterical. They handle everything that's thrown at them with humor and sarcasm, making it a lot more fun for the readers. Even though the book tends to look meaty, the way Rick's story happens, everything is necessary (Like the Harry Potter series). Though you may get lost sometimes, do not despair. There is no easier way to describe Egyptians than this. Unfortunately, this series has not ignited my curiosity like the Percy Jackson books, so they're near the bottom of my list. I just believe that all readers should experience, once in their life, the brilliance of Rick Riordan.   Plot 3.75/5 stars  Cover: 2.5/5stars  -Katie

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