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The Lost Code

Emerson, Kevin (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Lost Code
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"In a world ravaged by global warming, teenage Owen Parker discovers that he may be the descendant of a highly advanced, ancient race, with whose knowledge he may be able to save the earth from self-destruction"--
Authors: Emerson, Kevin
Statement of Responsibility: Kevin Emerson
Title: The lost code
Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 435 p. ; 22 cm.
Summary: "In a world ravaged by global warming, teenage Owen Parker discovers that he may be the descendant of a highly advanced, ancient race, with whose knowledge he may be able to save the earth from self-destruction"--
Subject Headings: Science fiction Identity Fiction Camps Fiction Environmental degradation Fiction Atlantis (Legendary place) Fiction
Topical Term: Science fiction
Identity
Camps
Environmental degradation
Atlantis (Legendary place)
LCCN: 2011053348
ISBN: 9780062062796
Branch Call Number: FIC E
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Aug 03, 2012
  • allisonallain rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Kevin Emerson’s Lost Code is Book One of the Atlanteans series. This was originally published in May2012 by HarperCollins Children’s Books. This book took me forever to actually finish and it’s not because it was boring or bad really it was because I had no urge to read anything as well as no free time to do so. No fault to the book it was just a case of being picked up at the wrong time. In the end it might have taken me over 2 weeks to finish this book but it was worth the read. I have always liked reading about Atlantis (I have about 5 novels about Atlantis sitting on my shelf right now) so when I saw that this book was coming out I knew that I had to read it.

I liked that the story takes place at a summer camp under a large dome. Since the earth is basically inhabitable in many places they created these locations to simulate what life was life before the ‘Great Rise’ I was intrigued from the very beginning. There are some slow spots in the story but all in all I think it’s a fun summer read that is full of mystery and excitement.I liked the main character Owen, he felt genuine and I rooted for him the entire time. I think that boys and girls alike will like the story, and become as fascinated by Atlantis as I am. I have questions I want answered like what is going to happen next? Who is the third Atlantean and Will Owen’s family come into play in the future? I think I will read the second book to find out, but I will probably rent it from the library instead of buying it. Check out my blog for more book reviews. http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/

Jul 05, 2012
  • aplumpe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great book. I'm looking forward to the rest in the series. Written by a science teacher who lives in Seattle. Nice to support a local author who writes from Fremont cafes. I always thought that a series on the lost city of Atlantis would be a good read and it is :)

he just came to my school and introduced so i try it out

Jun 14, 2012
  • hollyheartsYA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Lost Code was such an exciting read! A climate-changed world, an idyllic summer camp and Atlantean mythology all collide in Kevin Emerson's new young adult series. The main character Owen wins a lottery to go to Camp Eden. It's a summer to escape the underground hub he lives in. The world has been ravaged by global warming and cataclysmic natural disasters. Everything changes when Owen drowns in his swim test, but somehow he survives and is shocked to discover he's developed gills. The rest of the novel finds Owen uncovering ancient secrets and trying to survive as everything he's ever known is thrown upside down. Through it all though Owen is also like every other kid as he tries to navigate friends, enemies, and girls.

I loved the fresh take of the Atlantis myth and Emerson does a great job of world building through the whole of the book. I really cannot wait to see where he takes it in the second book. I think Owen is such a relatable character and I loved watching him grow into his own by the end. All the supporting characters were great as well: Lilly, the lifeguard who Owen falls for; Leech, the cabin bully; Paul, the camp director who you know is hiding secrets behind his tinted sunglasses. I guess the only critique I have is that it feels a little slow at the beginning but that just sets up the explosiveness of the rest of the book (so if you feel like stopping DON'T!).

I highly recommend this book, especially for kids who devour books like it's going out of style and they've read nearly every series out there. This is a new series I think they will love (and it's entirely appropriate for younger audiences!). It will be a hard wait for book 2 which comes out next spring/summer (think about pre-ordering!) but well worth it!

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