Carter and Sadie Kane were separated after the death of their mom. Carter traveled the world with his archeologist dad and Sadie was sent to London to grow up with her grandmother. They see each other about once a year and, as per norm for siblings (except for me and mine), don’t get along even then. Their pops specializes in ancient Egyptian stuff and invites them along for a little late night visit to the Rosetta stone inside the British Museum (which is a pretty cool place BTW). That’s where the crazy things start happening and Carter and Sadie find themselves with the fate of the world on their shoulders. They have some help from some unlikely “people” and along the way find out some unimaginable things about who they are and what they are supposed to do.
First of all, we should be incredibly grateful to all the teens that quietly go about saving the world without us ever noticing. Secondly, we should be happy that they don’t ever ask us normal folk to get involved because I don’t have the time for it. Thirdly, we should be thankful that Rick Riordan is there to write their stories. I was afraid from the beginning that this book was going to be Percy Jackson re-do, which was fine because some of us couldn’t get enough of Percy and his friends, but Rick Riordan managed to veer off the path significantly and make it stand on its own. If you listen to the audio book you get to hear Carter and Sadie in two distinct voices as they record their story into an audio recorder. Carter sounds like your every day teen boy and Sadie is a snarky sister with a British accent (appropriate for someone who grew up in London). The interaction between the two made me chuckle to myself many a times and it reminded me of the constant banter that can exist between all siblings (once again mine excluded). Lots of tongue in cheek humor and great characters made for an entertaining book and a great start to the series. I would have to go out on a limb (carefully of course) and say that those that liked Percy Jackson will love this book as well. If the familiarity of the Greek gods is what kept you in the story before then the unfamiliarity of the Egyptian gods and myths will keep you in the story this time. If you haven’t read Percy Jackson (you should) The Red Pyramid will be an entertaining and fun filled learning event. I learned a lot about Egyptology from this book and as I have said before, if I can learn, laugh, and be entertained by the same book then it’s all good in the hood (okay I didn’t say it exactly like that but I wanted to this time).