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The Lost Code (Atlanteans) Hardcover – May 22, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Atlanteans Series

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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 heart...an 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 (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,689,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Dena on July 3, 2013
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I won the second book in this series in a giveaway, and bought this book (the first in the series) so I could read them in order. This was a fun book to read. It was a dystopian fantasy novel, something I haven't seen before. I also enjoyed the way it was told from a boy's point of view. You don't see that very much in YA.

I gave this book four stars. I really enjoyed the premise and the world that Kevin Emerson built. It was unique and different from other post-apocalyptic novels I've read. I didn't give it the final star because there were several times when the writing didn't flow perfectly and I had to re-read sentences or paragraphs a few times before they made sense.

That being said, this is a very interesting look into our future (and past) that I really enjoyed. If you are looking for a good, clean young adult novel for your teenage son (or yourself), then this is a good choice.

Content: very moderate amounts of violence and kissing.
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This book is one of great adventure and minor mystery. Sure, it may have a little bit of profain language and some romance, but I would absolutely recommend that any action-adventure seeker to read this book.
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By B. Seel on December 24, 2013
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THis is my first experience with Kevin Emerson, and I am happy with it. This is a fun story line to read, and different than so many other stories out there. The characters are developed nicely, and the storyline flowed and left me wanting to go right to Book 2
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Interesting concept although the boy on the cover is not how I pictured the protagonist based on his description. Book two follows with just as engaging of a read with some twists. I'm looking forward to the third book!
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When I bought this book, I expected it to be a cute fluffy book I could read when I got bored. Oh how wrong I was.
It takes a little bit to get into the really thick action, but the worldbuilding definitely held my attention until then. The author obviously did their homework - the depiction of this dystopian future is not only plausible, but it might be our own.
Quick synopsis: Main character Owen goes to a summer camp inside a dome-habitat-thing called EdenWest, and quickly discovers he's a little different from most of the other campers. For one, he nearly drowns, and ends up surviving under the water for ten minutes. Then...other stuff I can't give away, since that would be spoiling the book.
OK, bad stuff first.
1) Like I said, it took a little bit to get into the action.
2) Sometimes, the main character, Owen, is a little too...wimpy. He seems, at first, incapable of standing up to anyone, or even making a friend.
Now for the positive.
1) Also a repeat: the world is extremely believeable.
2) The descriptions in this book were vivid, like I was watching it happen in a movie inside my mind.
3) The characters are well-developed for the first book in a series. I'm impressed with how well the author fleshed out his characters.
Go ahead and read this book. It's that good. Good enough to make me bite my nails in anticipation for the next one.
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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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