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The Lost Code (The Atlanteans #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  2,378 ratings  ·  370 reviews
In the year 2086, Camp Eden promises summer “the way things used to be,” back before the oceans rose, the sun became a daily enemy, 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 15-year-old Owen Parker.
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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This review contains minor spoilers for The Lost Code.

I knew upon reading the first two, painful pages of The Lost Code that it would not end up being a book that I'd like, but me, being the horribly optimistic and good-hearted person that I am (laugh and I'll make you read this book) trudged on hoping that The Lost Code would garner at the very least two stars from me.

And this is what I get for being optimistic and good-hearted. *sigh* I should just stop being an overall amazing person. (Aga
I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this. The blurb gives off a dystopian, sci-fi feel to it. It obviously has some mythology too with the series titled The Atlanteans. So I wasn't sure how all this would fit together in one novel. Well, let's just say that it doesn't lack in originality! A futuristic dystopian world, domes, special genes, Greek mythology, secrets, and an adventure like no other. This is what you can expect from the world created in The Lost Code. Regardless of ...more
Alright. *cracks knuckles* Time to get back into the reviewing game.

I have a deep love for the idea of Atlantis. It combines my affection for lost civilizations with my interest in natural disasters and my boundless enthusiasm for wild semi-magical technologies. More than once I've toyed with Atlantis concepts of my own, and someday I'd like to actually take a crack at writing one, if I can worldbuild it to my own satisfaction. So naturally, when I saw 'book one of the Atlanteans' on the cover o
Wow - a lot of people found this book disappointing... I'm surprised. I liked it very much. Other reviewers have done great plot summaries, so I won't re-invent the wheel. But I do want to present an alternate view of the story, and address some of the reviewer complaints:

I gather that people wanted more action/adventure and less of the main character's camp experience. Some folks felt that the story didn't really begin until the last few chapters, but it didn't seem that way to me - I thought t
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This book really captured me. I love a book when I can get into the adventure within the plot and follow along with the characters. If you thought this book was just another story, think again.

What I adored about this book is the amazing plot line. The history of the Atlanteans, the secret maps, the codes to a long lost civilization, I fell into this plot quickly. I like that is plays fast in the plot so that the reader is immediately hooked. The story has so many elements in the plot line mixin
I had such high hopes for this book but ended up being really disappointed. It wasn't because the story was bad per se - because it was good though not great - but it didn't really exist. I know that doesn't make sense, but hopefully I can explain.

I felt the REAL story didn't start begin until Chapter 16 (in my version, page 155 out of 276). That's more than halfway through the book, and after that, it was just about them finding out about who they really are and plans to escape. And the latter
okay I won this book as a ARC and it took me A WHILE to finish since it is coming out this month! but yaa... BUY IT! I loved this book!!!
This is a really unusual book, and that's what I loved most about it. There are no vampires, no shape shifters, no werewolves, no zombies, no nothiiiing. It is totally unexpected when we find out what some of the characters are. It takes place on Eden something something lol I kinda forgot and WOW! While I was reading I was wondering could this really happen t
“History is always written to serve the powerful.”

This was a good book!! :D

This book has some instances of sciency elements in it: When it talks about what it's like outside, the genetic code, DNA, and stuff like that. It also has some mythology about Atlantis about it, though it's not quite like the tradition story of it being underwater and all.


Loved the action scenes!
The romance. I liked how there was some, but not enough that it dominates the whole book.
Descriptions of how life was
A myth surrounded by mist, a legend waved through stories after stories, generations after generations, but no one know the truth. I grew up listening to several bed time stories on Legend of Atlantis but I never thought I will find a YA fiction based on that, I couldn’t help but being was extremely curious and took an immediate interest in the book.

Author Kevin Emerson introduces us to a post global warming era where the ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have raised, and the Sun can burn you down
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The Lost Code is a book about Owen Parker. He’s a pretty normal guy who is far from perfect. He’s not overly confident, he doesn’t have a muscular build, and he’s a little awkward. Owen has been selected to live in EdenWest, which is a dome compound 6 kilometers in diamter that protects its 200,000 inhabitants from the destroyed ozone and dangerous levels of radiation. The story starts off with Owen drowning. But when he’s finally rescued, he sh
Dec 26, 2012 Jon rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Gone and Percy Jackson
Recommended to Jon by: Myself!
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I have read so many mixed reviews of The Lost Code but I really liked the premise of it. I mean seriously a book about Atlantis sounds like such an original and cool idea. The Lost Code got off to a bit of a slow start but I definitely enjoyed it. The Lost Code tells the story of Owen who goes to Camp Eden, a camp located inside a dome that mimics conditions before the oceans rose. Global Warming much? Anyway the reader is whisked on a strange journey that takes the reader
There's so much to love about the Lost Code, but I'll try to keep it brief. Owen is an every-boy, not someone that anyone would think is special. Yet as he comes into his own in this dystopian setting you start to see that he really might be the one who can save his world. Add a cute girl and a creepy nemesis and the story is good to go.
I cannot say enough about Emerson's portrayal of teen dynamics. It was so spot on it gave me goosebumps. Very few adults can write about the shifting and exclusi
Atlantis is so cool.
Great concept, and the author is lovely.
Read it in preparation for his visit to our library.

Yay near-future sci-fi!
The Lost Code started out okay, but i quickly lost interest.

Owen was an alright character to start with, but as the story progressed, i liked him less and less.
The other characters were the same. By the end of the book, there wasn't one character that i liked.

The pacing was way too slow.
It felt like it took me hours to get through a few chapters, and whenever i put it down, i didn't have the motivation to pick it back up again.

Overall, slow and dull.
May 02, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Family & Friends
Did I like the story? Yes

Could I read the story again? Yes

Will I let my 12-year-old daughter read it? Yes, she’s on page 45 now

Will I read the next in the series? Yes either from Library or at a good price, but I wouldn’t say that I’d stand at the bookstore at midnight waiting on release date.

Will I read other books from the same author? Yes

How many stars? Gave it 4 stars because I answered everything yes above :).

I did read a few reviews before I read the book (won via Goodread’s giveaway), an
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Another dystopian novel? Author Kevin Emerson created a standalone novel in the popular dystopian genre. The reader is introduced to Owen, a slightly nerdy and funny young teen at a camp. Owen isn't at just any camp, however, the camp represents one of the only remaining habitable places on Earth. Earth has been ravaged by humans; the ozone layer has broken down and the fresh water is rapidly evaporating. Owen and his fellow campers are told that their small corner of the world is doing well, bu
Based on an ARC.

The ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have risen, and the sun is a daily enemy. Earth is becoming a wasteland.

When Owen arrives at Camp Eden, one of the only remaining habitable places on earth, he never imagined that his life would take a dramatic turn. The knowledge he would discover, just may be the key to discovering forgotten history. Little did he know what transformations he would go through

This was a refreshing take on the dystopian genre that seems to be everywhere right no
Camp Eden
Durch eine Verlosung bekommt Owen einen Platz in Camp Eden, dort wo die Welt noch in Ordnung ist. Nach der Klimakatastrophe ist die Welt sehr unwirtlich geworden. Nur in einigen wenigen bewohnbaren Gebieten leben noch Menschen, der größte Teil der Erde ist überhitzt und verdorrt. Deshalb muss Owen sich glücklich schätzen, dass er einen Monat in Camp Eden verbringen darf, eines von mehreren Camps, in denen die Welt unter einer Kuppel so simuliert wird als hätte es keinen Klimawandel gege
30 Tage lang soll der 15-jährige Owen Parker in Camp Eden verbringen. Eine Art Ferienlager, in das er aber nur durch das Glück in der Lotterie durfte. Einzig und alleine diese entscheidet, wer dort den Sommer verbringen darf. Owen möchte eigentlich gar nicht in das Camp, und seinen kranken Vater alleine zurück lassen. Jedoch bestand dieser darauf, dass Owen sich diese Möglichkeit nicht entgehen lässt, 30 Tage lang ein normaler Jugendlicher zu sein, in der Sonne zu spielen, zu schwimmen und einfa ...more
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Owen Parker lebt in einer ungemütlichen Zukunft, die Welt ist vom Klimawandel zur einzigen Gefahrenzone geworden, in der das Überleben zur echten Herausforderung wird. Entweder die Menschen leben unter der Erde, die sie vor der Sonne schützt oder unter riesigen Kuppeln in der die frühere Schönheit der Natur, zumindest im Schein noch gegeben ist, in Wirklichkeit ist auch da alles nur Illusion an der sich niemand zu stören scheint.
Owen kommt auf den sogenannten Hubs, den Plätzen unter der Erde, du
1.5 stars

Before I started reading:
A book about the lost civilization of Atlantis! Wheee!

After I finished:
A book with a whiny loser as the main character. Wheee...

Owen is supposedly 15 years old, except he seems more like he's about 12 emotionally. In fact, there's no way I could reconcile the guy on the cover as being Owen. I (wrongly) assumed that because the author is a man, the main character would actually act like a guy instead of an emo douche bag.
Sadly, no.
Perhaps this is a middle-grade r
Amy Jacobs
I have read many books in the Adult Genre featuring the mystery of Atlantis or at least has some sort of premise of Atlantis in the plot. So when this book appeared in my review list, I decided to give it a go and see how it would fare in the Young Adult Genre.

While I enjoyed the book and the character of Owen, I did find the book lacking in some ways. To me, it seemed that the other characters dragged the book down. I couldn't bring myself to enjoy them that much. It wasn't any one particular
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

With the ozone all but gone, the world is completely ravished and the temperature only continues to soar causing the oceans to rise at astronomical rates. Unprotected sun exposure is deadly in even the smallest amounts. To survive, most people have moved underground, like Owen and his father, but life isn't easy. Then Owen is selected for a month long camp under one of the domes built to simulate how life and nature used to be, and he counts
A little slow, but an interesting premise and well-rounded cast of characters. I will probably read the next one. I love Atlantis things too much not to.

Proper review to come.

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I thought the world building here was excellent. Like, a summer camp out of the 1990s smack dab in the middle of post-apocalyptic world where the Earth is tearing itself apart shouldn’t make sense, but it did. And it worked. And I liked that you never quite knew everyone’s motivatio
Farah Jay
The Lost Code was another anticipated book of 2012 for me. The cover is really cool, though I don't like it when they show the character's faces because I want my imagination to decide how they look. The synopsis was a bit weird, but it did sound very interesting. I expected this book to be full of fun, adrenaline, and excitement. I'm sorry to say that it wasn't as great as I expected it to be, but it was good overall.
The main protagonist is a boy, which wasn't clear for me until a while. Owen's
This dystopian story takes place in a world where it is no longer safe to be outdoors because of danger from the sun due to ozone damage. Owen Parker finds himself the winner of a contest to participate in a summer camp in one of the exclusive domes that have been built for people to live in safely, which recreates the feel of the real world before the earth was damaged. Owen is from the hub, an underground community for those not fortunate enough to live in the domed community of Eden. He prett ...more
Katrina Welsh
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This is a mess.

I've always thought it was harder to write reviews for Great books than for Bad ones but The Lost Code is the closest book to prove that assumption wrong. I don't even know where to start.

Ok. Fine. Let's just get this over with.

There are no likeable characters. They are all boring and annoying and I want to punch each and every one of them in the face for existing. The most annoying of them all is Owen, the main character, our narr
I didn't finish this book. That's probably the best way to start this review -a confession. I didn't finish The Lost Code, because it was just too darn painful, and there are so many things sitting on my shelf right now that I'd rather spend my time with right now. Honestly, I tried to give this book a chance. I read half of it because I had to toss it aside. Why, you ask?

Let's see, where do I start?

The Lost Code is billed as some sort of YA Dystopian novel that's built on the classic myth of At
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Author of the EXILE series, THE ATLANTEANS series, THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION, the OLIVER NOCTURNE series and CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT. Musician in THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. Former K-8 science teacher, currently teaching with Richard Hugo House and Writers in the Schools. Originally from Cheshire, CT, now living in Seattle, by way of Boston.
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