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The Lost Code: Book One of the Atlanteans (edition 2012)

by Kevin Emerson

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Title:The Lost Code: Book One of the Atlanteans
Authors:Kevin Emerson
Info:Katherine Tegen Books (2012), Hardcover, 448 pages
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In a world of chaos, it's nice to let off a little steam, that's why there is Camp Eden in the EdenWest biodome. Her children and teens can experience all the joys of camp the way it used to be before the ocean failed and the oceans rose.
Owen Parker has won a spot at Camp Eden for one month of pure camp fun, but not everything is as it would seem. Everything in Owen's life has changed, all starting when he drowned at the beginning of camp. Now he must figure out what is really going on at Camp Eden, and more important, how to make it out alive.
I liked this book. This book begins in the middle of the action and keeps you in suspense throughout, giving you just enough to keep you reading without giving it all away too early.
I must admit that there are some things that I did not like about this story. First of all, Owen goes through a sort of change at the beginning of the story and just as I was getting used to what it was, sorry about the vagueness but I don't want to spoil it for you, the author took it away. That annoyed me because I thought it was a really unique twist, unlike any of the other dystopian fantasies I have read recently. I also found some things greatly disturbing, things I also can't say any more about without huge spoilers.
This is a difficult review for me to write because everything that I liked or disliked is extremely important to the story and I can't tell you about them without ruining the book.
As A whole I am happy that I read this book, I believe it is a great edition to my library and I hope to read more of the series very very soon. I would recommend this to teens and adults that enjoy theorizing about Atlantis. I think my Mom would love this book.
  Stephergiggles | Feb 14, 2016 |
I enjoyed this. The cover really bothers me-- the girl looks like a total bitch the way she's smirking at the camera. Ugh. But the guy, Owen looks good.
Anyways I loved the Atlantis theme, the crazy island, and the dystopian / future aspects of it. Sometimes I'm leery of dystopias because they can be quite dark, gritty, and depressing. However, one of the strong points in this book is that the dystopia feels organic. It actually feels plausible that in the future America will be like that. Burning through the ozone so the sun is dangerous. Yet I know it sounds depressing, but the way it unfolded -- through Owen's POV was the only life he knew and he wasn't miserable.
There wasn't too many politics in this either; which can be a thing in dystopias too. I'd say it felt more like a good solid adventure/mystery novel. I'll definitely be checking out the next book, although I'm not in a rush to do so. ( )
  Diamond.Dee. | Jul 3, 2015 |
You know it doesn't bode well for a book when I make the comment halfway through, "Having a hard time not putting this in my "abandoned" shelf. Horrible dialogue, no likable characters." Sadly, the characters did not improve, the dialogue was terrible, and the premise, while interesting, fell extremely short of the mark.

Owen Parker won a lottery to attend a summer camp in one of the domed cities of the post-apocalypical United States. Our environment is ruined, and the rich can buy their way into living in one of the domes. Fifteen-year-old Owen was possibly the worst part of this book. His inner dialogue was more fitting for an 10-year-old, not someone who is 15. Seriously, dude, you almost drown, you discover a huge secret about yourself, and you find yourself wondering if you are in love with a girl who nearly let you die? Who you have talked to once? Geesh. Get out of here.

The bad guys were bad, the good guys were good, and the simplicity of those lines kept me from caring overly much. I won't be reading book 2. We gave it a good try, but it just didn't work out. ( )
  GovMarley | Oct 7, 2014 |
Yet another Nook Free Friday offering which would have greatly benefited from a strong editing hand--this novel was interesting in theme, but suffered greatly in the telling. Other reviews cover that aspect in more detail. I did enjoy the fast read, but I won't be looking too hard for the sequel. ( )
  Prop2gether | Dec 18, 2013 |
When I first heard about this book, I was intrigued. I put it on my TBR list, and then had an opportunity to receive an ARC. OF COURSE, I took it!

I was hooked from page 1. Seriously. I just HAD to know what was going on and what was going to happen to Owen. I loved walking the path with him and figuring things out as he did. Sometimes I feel like the main purpose is to be all 'I have a secret and you have to wait until the last page to figure it out' and that drives me insane. Here, I never once felt like Emerson was keeping secrets from me-I was allowed to discover things right along with Owen, if that makes any sense.

The Lost Code has a fantastic premise, and one that I won't spoil for you here since it's not in the synopsis. Just rest assured that it's not done often, if ever. And it's done well here. Fast-paced, tightly woven, and an edge-of-your-seat read in places.

I loved the story and I love where it could be headed. I'm seriously looking forward to the next books in this series to see if any of my theories are going to pan out. Also because I just HAVE to know what happens. The final character mash-up had me on the edge of my seat, so I really need to know where that's going. Don't worry, it's not a love triangle or anything. It's just a WHOA, I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING type of thing.

Another thing, characters: I *really* like it when a male author makes his protag male also. It's so much more believable and realistic. Plus, Emerson writes a really fantastic male character. Every one of them was spot-on. I really liked his female characters too, but the guys were just spectacular. I don't mean that in a super-duper-character-crush kind of way. I mean it in a 'these are real people' kind of way.

Kevin Emerson is a seriously talented writer, and I'm enthusiastic about his future projects. The Lost Code gets a 'Pick Me' rating for its awesomeness!

Content Advisory:
Language: Mild
Sexuality: Mild
Violence: Moderate
Mature Themes: death, abandonment, abuse of authority, dystopia, apocalpyse

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  emmyson | Oct 9, 2013 |
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Before the beginning, there was an end
three chosen to die
To live in the service of the Qi-An
The balance of all things
Three guardians of the memory of the first people
They who thought themselves masters of all the Terra
Who went too far, and were lost
To the heaving earth
To the flood.
Three who will wait
Until long after memory fades
And should the time come again
When masters seek to bend the Terra to their will
Then the three will awaken, to save us all.
Good night, Mother Sea,
Good night, Father Sky,
Hide from sight the sunken homes,
The faces floating by.
--Traditional Great Rise Lullaby
We'll go down to SoHo,
Shop for antiques in a rowboat.
--The Trilobytes, "New Manhattan Love Song"
For my parents,
who have always supported my creative pursuits
and also sent me to summer camp
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THE MORNING AFTER I ARRIVED AT CAMP EDEN, I drowned for the first time.
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In the year 2086, Camp Eden promises summer "the way things used to be," back before the oceans rose and modern civilization sank into chaos. Located inside the EdenWest BioDome, the camp is an oasis of pine trees, cool water, and rustic charm.
But all at Camp Eden is not what it seems.
No one will know this better than fifteen-year-old Owen Parker. A strange underwater vision, even stranger wounds on Owen's neck, and a cryptic warning from the enchanting lifeguard Lilly hint at a mystery that will take Owen deep beneath Lake Eden and even deeper into the past. What he discovers could give him the chance to save the tattered planet. But first, Owen will have to escape Camp Eden alive. . . .
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062062794, Hardcover)

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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"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"--

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