Is there a bigger curse (Stephanie Meyer notwithstanding) than calling a book ‘the next Harry Potter’? Any book cannot stand up to the comparison, and here there were a lot of comparisons.
A 12 year old at the beginning of the series. Essentially an orphan. Discovers he has great powers as weird things happen around him. A special school. Oh, and a lightning bolt, just in his backpack and not on his forehead.
That said, it was a fun book. It was made to be turned into a movie. During all of the action sequences I just kept thinking “It’ll be fun to see this on the screen.” (My imagination must be getting lazy.) It was clean, educational, the type of book you’d feel comfortable having any of your kids read. Just do not go in hoping for Harry Potter.