Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review: The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)
Title: The Red Pyramid

Series: The Kane Chronicles #1

Author: Rick Riordan

Publication date: May 2010

Published by: Disney Hyperion

Source: Own Hardcover

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Synopsis:

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.

My rating: ★★★★★

Carter Kane is always on the move with his Egyptologist dad, never in the same place for too long, while his younger sister, Sadie, lives with their grandparents in England. On one of their rare visits, Carter and his dad visit Sadie in England and they go to a museum on a normal "outing." Carter is not impressed, he is always going to museums with his dad. Then their dad starts acting weird, other weird stuff starts happening at the museum, this leads to that and Sadie and Carter suddenly find themselves running for their lives and thrust into a world where Egyptian mythology in not just mythology-- it's very real!

The gods have been unleashed (and they are closer than Sadie and Carter can imagine *snickers*) and Set is set (no pun intended, heh) on ruling the world. You know, typical evil stuff going on. Now it's up to the Kane siblings to, well, save the world. No pressure, right?

It is no surprise that I absolutely LOVED this book! Rick Riordan is a GENIUS and I am just a huge fan of his! One thing I think is absolutely great is that you don't have to know about mythology in order to read his books! He weaves mythology into the story in a way that isn't overwhelming or boring, but instead very fun!

I loved all the characters... Sadie is very sassy and fierce with a "sharp tongue!" I really liked her! Carter is also a great kid! He turns out to be a pretty brave, very strong hero, even if he doesn't feel like it at first. Bast is definitely one of my favorites! She is just such a fun kitty, playful, and yet very protective of her charges. Khufu was pretty awesome too... very smart baboon ;)

There were so many layers in this story that make the book great as a whole. Another thing about Rick's stories is that there is always never-ending action, and I love that! His book are just a ton of fun and you will, without a doubt, find yourself laughing often! And of course, Rick is known for his major surprises and twists you do not see coming! I love being surprised and being like, "What?! I did NOT see that coming!"

I really liked thid different take on the gods. You don't really worship them, per se, but instead you fight them and lock them away because Bad Bad Things will happen. I also liked how the book was structured to be like a recording... I thought that was very fun and unique. AND I loved the dual POVs! And then the Percy Jackson shout-out, EPIC! Amos's brow furrowed as he looked across at the Empire State Building. "Manhattan has other problems. Other gods. It's best we stay separate." -The Red Pyramid, pg. 52. Hi Mt. Olympus! *waves* :D

I don't know what else to say beside GO READ THIS BOOK! It's amazing!


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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