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The Lost Code (Atlanteans) Hardcover – May 22, 2012
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“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?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So I'd had this book for a while and finally decided to pick it up. I'm pretty glad that I did-it was way better than I thought it would be! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Krystianna Straley
The Lost Code is a very good story overall but if you're expecting much of a dystopia or sci-fi influence you'll be a bit disappointed or even bored by the first half of Lost... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kathy L.
Not in my top 10, but enjoyed reading about the awakening of the kids into Atlanteans. Writing flowed well too.Published on April 26, 2014 by Carrie Nichols
The Lost Code starts with a gripping moment of jeopardy, but the plot then stalls for nearly half the book, spending too much time with summer camp shenanigans. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Gabriella Booker
This is a great book. It isnt perfect, but still a great read. I love the sudden turns in the plot and how it all makes sense. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by CB
For a book that uses "Climate Change" as part of its plot this book was actually less preachy than I expected it to be. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by D. Goodwin
As the world is ending from man-made endeavors there are a few survivors still trying to survive in the desolate land. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Lauren Johnson
Okay, right off the bat the main character drowns. How much better does it get than that? And then things really take off. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by S. Beaudoin