Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Carter Kane wasn’t asking for this. He and his sister, Sadie, were doing just fine before they figured out they weren’t particularly normal. Carter and Sadie go to a museum with their father, who releases a fiery figure who quickly takes their father away. The Kanes are instantly faced with a reality that the Egyptian gods are released, and one of the worst of them has taken their father. To save their father, and the world, they must embark on a dangerous quest.
Character Development – 4
Rick Riordan does a good job with the character development, and I would give it 4 stars. The book alternates between Carter and Sadie Kane, who are telling the story as narrators. Carter is a somewhat nerdy boy that is cautious, but very smart. Riordan shows Carter’s journey to being more courageous and more of a leader quite well. Sadie Kane is the opposite of her brother. Rash and head-on, Sadie will run straight into any danger. She realizes that sometimes caution is an asset and a different approach that works as well. Riordan could have developed Sadie a bit more, as she doesn’t converse with Isis, and seems to reach a conclusion to do the right thing at the end too fast.
Strength of Plot – 5
The plot-line in The Red Pyramid is well developed. I would give it 5 stars because there is an excellent rise and an exciting climax. This book times the climax very well, as the lead up to the action is long but not to tedious, with many battles that are all relevant to the ultimate goal. There is also a bit of drama and jealousy between the siblings that eventually gets resolved, and a reality check that there are more important problems at hand, like saving the world. Riordan ends this book at a good resolution, but there is that sense that there are more adventures ahead for the Kanes.
Length – 4.5
The Red Pyramid has a good length to it, as the book is long enough to be developed well but not too long as to bore the reader. I would rate it 4.5 stars. The book is also an introductory to the sequels: it is where you start to get a sense of the Egyptian gods and main characters. To be exact, the book has 516 pages. The books action and journeys are paced well and separated enough.
Writing Style – 4.5
Rick Riordan has a great writing style, as it perfectly appeals to the readers, and the audience that he is writing for. There are many quips throughout the book, and Carter and Sadie Kane are your typical teenagers plunged into a different reality. There are many parts in the book where I laughed out loud. The thing about Riordan also is that he has accurate information about the gods and cultures he is writing about. Although he makes it seem a action-filled fiction story, you can tell that there was some research behind it.
Conclusion – 4.6
I would give this book a 4.6 because this book is a great read with an action filled plot and brilliant writing style. Riordan could develop his characters more, and have more of a logical conclusion for the character doing some action that doesn’t make sense. I would recommend this book to readers because it is good mythology and fiction, and it exposes you to a book that was written by an experienced author that has had success in writing the same genre of book. It is probably for ages 9 to 16, as the writing style incorporates more of a teenager outlook. For all those people that like fiction, mythology, and magic, this book is a great read.