Title: The Lost Code
Author: Kevin Emerson
Series: The Atlanteans, #1
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Publisher: Katherine Tegen (Imprint of HarperCollins)
Date Published: May 22nd, 2012
Source: ARC (Provided by Publisher)
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.
I really hate giving two star ratings, but I just could not get into this book. It has such an interesting premise with the whole Atlanteans concept merged into a dystopian. It’s sort of a blend of dystopian and fantasy with of course a lot of myths mixed in. So it sounds like it would be a really cool book.
Unfortunately I just couldn’t connect to anything. The characters, the world, even the story. It was all just too confusing and all over the place. It reads like one of those books that you often have to go back and re-read sentences to try and see if you missed something, like understanding how the characters got from one location to another. For example there’s one part where the characters are in this lab type of place and then all of a sudden they’re escaping by blimp/plane/some kind of flying machine. I didn’t understand where this thing came from and how they got out of a room inside of it. Just things like this all throughout the book made it confusing to read.
But it’s not all bad I suppose, the world is really interesting and during this installment we’re in this sort of dome enclosure that is a summer camp of sorts. So the outside world is really closed off but leaves room for exploring in the future books.
Overall though this one isn’t for me. It might have to do with the point of view being from a male perspective, sometimes I have trouble connecting to male-only perspectives. But I don’t think I’ll be continuing this series. If you’re a fan of Atlantis-related myths and stories though you might enjoy this one. I don’t know too much background on Atlantis so maybe that’s another reason I couldn’t appreciate the book as much.
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