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The House of Power (Atherton #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  3,537 Ratings  ·  347 Reviews
Edgar, a gifted climber, secretly scales the treacherous walls separating the three worlds of Atherton: the humble grove that is his home...a mysterious highland realm of untold beauty and sinister secrets ...and a vast wasteland below, where a monstrous danger lurks that could destroy them all.

While searching the forbidden cliffs for a treasure lost in his faded memory,
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 3rd 2005)
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Andrew Lynch no, there is not swearing or sex in the book. This a kid-friendly book

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Nov 23, 2008 Duane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! This would be a great book for getting young readers into the wonderful world that books can take you. Edgar lives on Atherton, a world made up of three levels. Each level is made up of different classes of people and the distinction that comes with it. Edgar finds himself asking himself who the people on the top are and what makes them so important that they control the water for everyone? Edgar finds himself in an adventure to save Atherton and himself and maybe l ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Liann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, magical
I read this book forever ago, or at least it felt like it. It was probably only 5 years ago, but for the past 5 years, I always remembered the book I'd read of a 3-story world whose name started with an A, a climbing boy, and the interesting pictures illustrating the world. Unfortunately, if you type "book climbing 3 story world sinking A..." into Google, Atherton: The House of Power does not come up as a search result. It was a complete shock when I finally found the book again when browsing th ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Edgar knows that he should be working rather than climbing and swinging in the trees, but he just can't seem to help himself -- even if it does earn him a beating from Mr. Ratikan's stick. It would hardly be the first time and it isn't likely to be the last. He also knows he shouldn't be climbing the cliffs, but he has to.

Edgar's world is shaped sort of like a three-leveled top. The top level, the Highlands, are populated by the well-to-do people.
Ival Crisp
Sep 19, 2012 Ival Crisp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The House of Power is the first installment of the Atherton trilogy; written and imagineered by Patrick Carman. This first installment details the many dangerous and revolutionary events on the mysterious land of Atherton. The plot itself is fairly simple and decent, being a fantasy written with an adolescent audience in mind. A likable protagonist named of Edgar is presented whose various endeavors and exploits the story revolves around.

The fabric of The House of Power is rich and textured, and
Sam Afton
Sep 21, 2013 Sam Afton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I really didn't expect this book to be amazing. I got it because I needed to choose a book and it looked interesting. I was sure surprised!!! This book was awesome!! It was written very well, and the story live was puzzling, mysterious, unique, interesting, and just plain different. Very suspenseful and kept me reading! I suggest this book to everyone who likes science fiction, but it is a good book even if you don't. I mean, it wasn't like THE BEST BOOK EVER, but it is worth reading and a good ...more
Dec 20, 2016 Deanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great hidden gem. I'd never heard of it and just randomly picked it up on Overdrive because it was available. This reminds me of several books - City of Ember, Goose Girl, etc. What I really liked about this book is its simple, straightforward communication. The characters were direct and honest. Most books use lack of proper communication to provide the tension and suspense. Those books drive me crazy. It was refreshing to read a book with a different style. It is a good example for ...more
Zoe Washburn
Don't really know what I would review this book bc I just remembered that I read it over 3 years ago. I remember not hating it tho I honestly barely remember anything about it.
Adam Veeser-Johnston
"he House of Power" by Patrick Carman

Personal Response: "The House of Power" was a book of high interest and adventure. I liked the book as far as storyline and length go but feel as if it could have been much better if the author didn't include himself or a character narrating the whole book. The interruptions between chapters and breaking the fourth wall were just enough to get me to stop reading but didn't.

Plot: The story takes place throughout the satellite world of Atherton; a small chunk o
Noah Buhrow
Feb 24, 2016 Noah Buhrow rated it it was amazing
House of Power was one of the most grabbing books I’ve read. Once I got past all the less intriguing introductions and explanations, It was really hard for me to put the book down.

Edgar is a young boy who lives on a tiny planet called Atherton. There are three main parts to Atherton: the Highlands, Tabletop, and the Flatlands. No one lives in the Flatlands. Tabletop has the larger population among three villages, the Village of the Grove, the Village of Sheep, and the Villag
Feb 09, 2017 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 10, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Edgar is an excellent climber, which is a problem in Tabletop because no one is allowed to climb the cliffs and the punishment for trying is severe. But Edgar is looking for something, a treasure left to him by a man he can barely remember. And for that, he is willing to go places where no one from Tabletop has ever gone before: the mysterious Highlands, the land above Tabletop which rules them. When their world is turned on its head, though, Edgar's boldness brings the two worlds together in wa ...more
Carl Koch
Jan 29, 2015 Carl Koch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read “The House Of Power” by Patrick Carman. The book is full of adventure and always kept me wanting to read more. The story is about a young boy who is part of a changing world. The world is made of three tiers; the Highlands, Tabletop, and the Flatlands. Travel between the tiers is forbidden. However, the young boy knows of a secret hidden in the cliffs between Tabletop and the Highlands. So at night, he sneaks away and practices his climbing skills. He finally finds the secret one day, but ...more
Corey Schmidt
I read the book “The House of Power.” It was written by Patrick Carman. I thought it was a very good book about an artificial world that was meant to save mankind, but like most things that are first of their kind they don’t always work.

The book starts out in a place called the grove with a boy named Edgar. He lives of an artificial world called Atherton. On this world there are three levels. The lowest level is call the Flatlands, the second level is called Tabletop, and the third is called th
Hannah Harvey
Dec 30, 2014 Hannah Harvey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Atherton is a series containing three books that I re-read over the break and is one of my all-time favorite book series. The books, though written to be accessible even to younger audiences discuss major adult themes throughout.

Dr. Harding, a brilliant but mad scientist creates Atherton, a satellite world orbiting the remains of Earth. Though the inhabitants of Atherton don't know of its existence or their responsibility for Earth, Edgar and many others are forced to learn the truth about where
Noah Herring
Sep 08, 2015 Noah Herring rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response

I enjoyed The House Of Power because of the constant feeling of adventure throughout the book. Many times I felt like I was right beside Edgar as he climbed up 200 foot cliffs or fought dangerous monsters. I think that Patrick Carman is a very good author. He drew me into the book and I could not stop reading. I also enjoyed how he wrote from different points of view of other characters in the book.


Atherton is a planet that is made up of three levels, the three levels are th
Jacob W.
Oct 03, 2016 Jacob W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-nine-weeks
Atherton the House of Power is set on the island of Atherton. It was built featuring three levels, the top level, called the Highlands, the location of Atherton’s only water source. Next is Tabletop, the middle level, whose residents harvest sheep, rabbits and hybrid figs for their use and the use of those in the Highlands. The third level, called the Flatlands, is dark and filled with mystery. No one in the top two levels has any idea what wonders or horrors lurk on the bottom level.
This stor
Mar 15, 2010 Jack705 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that House of Power is about change. More specifically, I think it’s about how when change happens, it can be too late to fix it. This refers to earth right now. It’s saying that if we don’t do something to help our planet right now, in the long run we could end up regretting it.

In the story, through neglect, the earth turns into an industrial wasteland. The scientists' solution was to create a world called Atherton to hold the people until earth was fixed. The world was made up of 3 la
Patrice Sartor
3.5 stars.

I read this to my 13-year old son, who also gives it 3.5 stars. He liked it enough that he requested we read the second one in the series, which is fine with me.

The world of Atherton features three levels, which correspond to its inhabitants social standing. So, the people who live on the uppermost section, the Highlanders, control the water supply and wield all the power. Those in the middle (Tabletop) live to harvest figs for the Highlanders. And the bottom section, well, you'll find
Ryan Gallaway
Dec 01, 2009 Ryan Gallaway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like adventure stories
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Apr 23, 2014 Leanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edgar, the book's protagonist, lives on Atherton. It's a man-made world that's about 10-15 years old. Atherton is divided into three sections: Flatlands (lower-class), Tabletop (middle-class), and the Highlands (higher-class).

Now, Atherton is starting to sink, which means Edgar and everyone else living on it is in huge trouble. It's really got me thinking, because I think a world like Atherton could actually exist in the future. Patrick Carman has a very unique writing style; he's excellent at
Jasper Wu
Feb 08, 2014 Jasper Wu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is about an orphan boy, Edgar, who lived in a cake shaped island called Atherton. These three tiered worlds in Atherton was created by Dr. Harding and Edgar lived in the middle Tabletop level. Edgar who was a gifted climber discovered the true nature of Atherton and found out that his world was about to be destroyed. This is an interesting story paints possible future human world that our beautiful earth planet can become uninhabitable. We may be forced to live in a man-made world lik ...more
Jul 01, 2016 Asagi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
You know those little silly reads sometimes we do? Well, this book was one of those. It was a gift (the whole trilogy in a beautiful hardcover version).

The story felt a bit childish but still I really enjoyed it, I guess I'm not exactly the kind of audience this was made for but whatever, who cares about ages restriction when you're already over 21?

I'm still to read the other two! Probably when I'm taking breaks from another trilogy
Dec 09, 2009 B£Ñ is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book so far. Someone I know said this is their favorite series. I'll see!!
Nelson De Almeida
Jan 08, 2017 Nelson De Almeida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Carman nos transporta a Atherton, un extraño mundo que de la noche a la mañana ha comenzado a sufrir misteriosos cambios, trayendo consigo el miedo y la violencia entre sus habitantes.
Un libro que refleja el modelo de sociedad en el que vivimos, donde los gobernantes se encuentran en lo más alto de la pirámide (literal), controlando a los que se hallan por debajo, y buscando la manera de aumentar su poder a cuesta de la miseria de los demás.
La historia, a pesar de ser introductoria, cuen
I enjoyed this book that I purchased inexpensively for my Kindle reader. The plot development moves along quickly and draws readers in quickly. Readers are brought into the world of Atherton, created by an eccentric scientist after Earth (the Dark Planet) has been loused up by wars and pollution. Atherton was designed with three levels: Tabletop is in the middle and is where Edgar, the main character works in a fig grove; the Highlands tower above Tabletop and is where the leaders of the planet ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Kerstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-2011
Ein Planet - drei Ebenen: Die Highlands, Heimat der Herrscher über das Wasser, Tabletop, Welt der arbeitenden Bauern und Edgars Zuhause, die Flatlands, unbewohnbare Wüste bevölkert von grausamen Monstern. Zwischen den Ebenen darf es keinen Kontakt der Siedler geben. Doch Edgar muss sich dem widersetzen. Er ist auf der Suche, wonach weiß er selbst nicht genau. Durch seine Kletterkünste kann er die Felsen überwinden und zwischen den Ebenen wechseln. Dabei macht er eine unglaublich
A favorite of mine when I was little. I'm glad I could pass it on to my younger siblings.
May 25, 2017 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amelia B.
May 16, 2017 Amelia B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
It was a great story for anyone who loves daring Adventures full of mystery, danger, hope, and fun. I would definitely recommend.
Mar 23, 2017 Tessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is awesome. It is impossible to pull your eyes away. But, at the end, there is the WORST cliff-hanger ever. It is a must read!
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I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins P
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