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“The high-stakes narrative moves forward with momentum, and a romance between Owen and Lilly is gracefully unveiled.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The Lost Code will satisfy teens’ thirst for post-apocalyptic dystopian novels with just the right amount of suspense, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, and romance, but without the brutal violence found in other stories. Readers will eagerly devour Owen’s tale and look forward to its continuation.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“The ending of the book leaves plenty of room for the sequel, and readers will likely be intrigued enough to continue.” (School Library Journal)

“A smart dystopian adventure packed with mind-blowing fantasy and characters you’ll love.” (Michael Grant, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Gone series)

“The Lost Code will stop your heart with scenes of passion and power, as it draws you in to a group of kids who are the only hope in a dying world of artifice and desperation. What happens to them is like nothing you’ve ever read.” (Peter Lerangis, NYT Bestselling author of two books in the 39 Clues series, and co-author of Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am)

“The broad strokes of conflict and characterization make this a movie-ready action flick at accessible entree to the dystopia trend.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

From the Back Cover

What is oldest will be new, what was lost shall be found.

The ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have risen, and the sun is a daily enemy.

But global climate change is not something new in the Earth's history.

No one will know this better than less-than-ordinary Owen Parker, who is about to discover that he is the descendant of a highly advanced ancient race—a race that took their technology too far and almost destroyed the Earth in the process.

Now it is Owen's turn to make right in his world what went wrong thousands of years ago. If Owen can unlock the lost code in his very genes, he may rediscover the forgotten knowledge of his ancestry . . . and that less-than-ordinary can evolve into extraordinary.

Kevin Emerson's thrilling novel is Book One of the Atlanteans series—perilous adventures in a grimly plausible dystopian future, fueled by high-stakes action, budding romance, and a provoc-ative question: What would you do if you had the power to save humanity from its own self-destruction?

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Product Details

  • Series: Atlanteans (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062062794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062062796
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,901,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Emerson once competed in a beauty pageant and lost (probably because he was wearing a suit of armor). He is the author of the EXILE series, the ATLANTEANS series, THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION, the OLIVER NOCTURNE series and CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT. He is also a musician. His current projects are the EXILE SOUNDTRACK (songs from the EXILE book series), NORTHERN ALLIES (his new band), and THE BOARD OF EDUCATION (music for kids and kids-at-heart).

Kevin grew up in Cheshire, CT, where he wrote stories all the time, played in the marching and jazz bands, and ran track. One time, he won a spelling bee, prevailing over his ex-girlfriend in the final round. The word that launched him to victory was 'vague.' Kevin now lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. A former science teacher, he can often be found teaching writing workshops to middle and high school students. Also, Kevin knows that bow ties are cool, that Pinkie Pie is the best MLP, and that Han shot first.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Divascribe VINE VOICE on May 23, 2012
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The world depicted in The Lost Code is a frighteningly plausible place in the not-so-distant future. Global warming has melted the polar icecaps and flooded coastlines around the world. The ozone layer is toast, and so are the land and people below it. The Great Lakes have dried up. Six billion people have died, and those who are left huddle in underground settlements or in domed cities to avoid the unrelenting sun.

When teenager Owen Parker arrives at Camp Eden in one of those domed cities, one of the first things he does is drown. He describes this step by step, accepting that he's going to die -- then, amazingly, he awakens on the beach after spending 10 minutes on the bottom of a lake. What happened? The way he survived forms the first part of a developing mystery that has Owen baffled along with most of those around him. But as his stay at Camp Eden progresses, he begins to get an inkling that he isn't the very ordinary teen he always thought he was -- and that the key to saving the Earth may lie in his not-so-modern genetic code. Ancient wisdom is there to guide him, if only he can learn how to use it -- and outwit those who would use it for their own ends.

Kevin Emerson has written a solid start to a series steeped in both science and fantasy, with strong characters and, after a somewhat leisurely start as the premise is set up, a page-turning pace. It's good for older teens and adults. While it does offer both violence and romance, neither is gratuitous. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merin on May 22, 2012
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When I first saw the blurb for THE LOST CODE, I immediately thought of the Percy Jackson books, and knew I had to give it a read. While it is another of those post-apocalyptic/dystopian titles populating the YA shelves, it had a fresh feeling to it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There's adventure, mysteries, and even a bit of romance, plus a pretty fabulous main character in Owen. His journey from someone who didn't fit in and just wanted to be like everyone else to the strong, capable person he becomes at the end of the book was really wonderful to read. I loved that he finally decided to take action, to not rely on others' opinions, and to do what he felt was right. I think Owen and I are really going to get along well.

I loved the set-up of this story. This book is really all about Owen finding himself and taking charge, but there was so much more to the story. See, Owen is at a summer camp in EdenWest, which is enclosed in a dome that's supposed to protect everyone from the harmful rays of the sun. You either live in these domes, or you live underground, because the sun's rays are so strong that they cause radiation poisoning if you're out in them for too long. There's a lot of questions about what's going on at the camp, and what's going on with the campers, and it keeps twisting and turning around on itself so much that I was constantly guessing. And then there are the little bits of the mythology that are revealed throughout, particularly what happened to Atlantis and what it means for Owen's world. I found the mythology particularly interesting, again, because this is a pretty big reading kink for me personally, and it was nice to see something new in that respect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Wiles Parker VINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
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As far as the recent trend of dystopian YA novels goes, this fits pretty squarely within that, but it doesn't get dragged down by that association. Teenager Owen gets accepted at Camp Eden in one of the habitable domes years after the environment has been ravaged. He's used to living underground at the Yellowstone Hub and obviously doesn't fit in with the Cryo kids at camp. He's not the strongest swimmer, he's skinny, and pretty much everyone fails to notice him. Basically, Owen's living in that perfect fringe zone of being a loner that no one really notices. But that all changes after he drowns during a swim test and starts having some strange urges.

The majority of this first book in The Atlanteans series follows Owen as he tries to figure out what is wrong with him while at the same time basically being a teenager and trying to survive camp. Not a lot happens early on in the book but a lot of background is provided about the current situation regarding the environment, the various hubs around the world, and a bit about a conspiracy or two. It's not always compelling but the writing is sound in that it keeps things moving fast enough to be totally boring. Owen's an interesting kid with a realistic enough sense of self to be believable. As the story progresses and Owen, with help from his crush Lilly, starts to unravel a couple of the mysterious occurrences, the action and writing pick up right until the end of this first volume.

As a long-time reader of anything Atlantis related, I was drawn to a number of elements in the book and the Atlantis connections kept me reading and wanting to know more. The science and reasoning is pretty sound on Emerson's part as he weaves the story together.
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