Monday, January 31, 2011
Review of The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Author: Rick Riordan
Published by: Hyperion Books
From Goodreads: 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.
I loved the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series by Rick Riordan so I have been looking forward to reading this book since it came out.
Maybe it was all the hype surrounding this novel, but the story didn't really do it for me. I really wanted to love it, and I tired, but I just couldn't.
I think one of the reason I couldn't get into this book was the Egyptian mythology. I'm not that interested in it and I felt there were so many characters, that I had a hard time keeping track of them all. I'm also not a big fan of the half human, half animal gods and goddess.
I did, however, love the two main character Sadie and Carter. Sadie is a courageous, gutsy girl with a snappy tongue. Her comments to her brother and to the other characters will keep you laughing throughout the novel. She is exactly what you would imagine when you think of the annoying little sister. Carter was so brave and so innocent that my heart went out for him. I just wanted to give him a hug and tell him everything will be ok.
All of that being said, Riordan creates a story unlike any other. It's full of adventure, danger and tears.
Overall I'd give it ★★★