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The Dark Shore (The Atlanteans #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  426 ratings  ·  76 reviews

Owen and Lilly have escaped Camp Eden, but the next step on their journey to find Atlantis and protect it from Paul and Project Elysium involves crossing the perilous wastelands of a wrecked planet. And unlike in EdenWest, where bloody truths were kept hidden beneath the surface, out here the horrors live bright beneath the poisonous sun.

Hardcover, 470 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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The Dark Shore by Kevin Emerson - Why should we save this world, when things like this can happen?

Nose Graze — Young Adult book reviews

Hmm. I have very mixed feelings about The Dark Shore . I started out a little nervous because it had been so long since I'd read The Lost Code and I was afraid I'd have no idea what was going on. Luckily, things are recapped pretty well in The Dark Shore . It started out a bit overwhelming, but I managed to piece things together as I went.

I think the best part about The Dark Shore was the world building. Parts of it were a bit creepy and gruesome, but
If there’s one thing I can say about The Dark Shore, it’s that Kevin Emerson seems to have taken the criticisms of The Lost Code to heart. The first book of The Atlanteans was an odd mix of dystopia and mythology that tried a little too hard to be a young adult Percy Jackson, and suffered for it (because there is only one Camp Half-Blood after all, and Owen’s attempt at offbeat completely misses the mark). The Dark Shore on the other hand really surprised me by dropping the most problematic elem ...more
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)

I was hoping that this book would be an improvement on the first one, but unfortunately it was just as dull.

I didn’t really care for any of the characters in this; they all seemed to be immature and made some seriously suspect decisions.

The storyline just bored me. Maybe it was a case of wrong book wrong person, but this just didn’t entertain me at all. It was info dump after info dump, some of them not even relevant to the story line (for example an info dump
Oct 05, 2014 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wendy by: Sequel
"The Dark Shore" the fast-paced, roller-coaster sequel to Kevin Emerson's " The Lost Code" begins after Owen, Lilly and Leech escape from Camp Eden. Their quest to find the "Paintbrush of the Gods", technology to reverse climate change, will have them escaping from Paul and the Elysium Project to find a temporary sanctuary in Heliad-7 in EdenSouth. But lies, deception and betrayal are even at the heart of the central city of Desenna where Dr. Kellar, the Benevolent Mother has her own plan for th ...more
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


“What would you be willing to do to save humanity from itself?”

Questions like this are often posed on back covers of YA books. This is one instance when the question is actually discussed and posed in the novel. I love that. Maybe it's because I'm a Philosophy major, or maybe it's because I'm a human being. If you're someone who often wonders what humankind is doing to the earth, a
So it's true what they say - this is so much better than the first installment. (I kept reading because, you know, it's Atlantis, but now I have a solid reason to keep up.)

I'm bad at writing lengthy reviews, so I won't. But there are three things I thought I just have to mention:

1. I already knew (because sometimes I cheat and read spoilers) that Owen (view spoiler)
This one was just as bad as the first.

I didn't like any of the characters in the first installment, and i disliked them even more in this one.
They were all really annoying, and i just couldn't connect to any of them.

The pacing was really really slow, and full of info dumps.
I felt relieved whenever i put the book down, and i was so so glad when i finished it!

I can only think of one good thing regarding the boredom i experienced thanks to the book - The housework looked more appealing, so i manage
Plot- 8.5/10
Characters- 8.5/10
Writing- 8.5/10
World Building- 9/10

TOTAL- 8.5/10

Quickie Review- I ripped through this one. The Dark Shore was another great book by Kevin Emerson, and this series continues to catch me by surprise. While The Dark Shore was not quite as good as The Lost Code, I still found myself enjoying it a lot. The plot didn't really go anywhere until the characters got to Desenna, and even then, I always found myself confused at everything that was going on, and all of the diffe
John O'Riley
This was a very interesting fantasy story with a lot of great ideas and some shocking surprise twists. I would recommend reading the Lost Code first because it’s the first book in this Atlantean series. The main focus of the story are the kids who have Atlantean genes, ancestors with advanced technology but their civilization was all but eradicated due to catastrophic climate changes. This story takes place in the future and I would consider it a dystopian society/teen read. I think people who e ...more
Céline Meg

Le premier tome de la série Atlantide avait été une bonne surprise. J'avais été gênée par les longueurs présentes à la moitié du livre mais l'univers et les personnages avaient rattrapé le coup. Malheureusement, j'ai eu beaucoup de mal à me replonger dans les aventures d'Owen. Ce second tome est intéressant car il apporte de nouvelles réponses mais j'ai encore une fois trouvé qu'il mettait du temps à décoller.

Les Atlantes Owen, Lily et Sangsue sont en fui

Souvenez-vous l’année dernière je vous parlais d’une dystopie qui sortait vraiment de l’ordinaire : Le code perdu de Kevin Emerson, premier tome de la série Atlantide. J’étais impatiente de lire le deuxième tome pour voir ce que ça allait donner et je dois dire que je n’ai absolument pas été déçue. Je l’ai lu durant un trajet en train de 4 heures et je n’ai pas vu le temps passer, je ne l’ai même pas lâché 30 secondes tellement j’étais prise par l’histoire.

Nous retrouvons Owen, Lilly et S
This review is also posted at http://readingnookandcranny.blogspot....

For such a long, drawn out book, but the end of the novel I felt like little if nothing of real importance happened. Sure, Emerson tried to cram a bunch of last minute twists and revelations in the end, but by that point most of the revelations were hardly relevant or didn't seem to be that important. It felt like Emerson through in a bunch of unnecessary curve balls in the end for perhaps a shock and awe effect since the firs
Well, it was very different from the first one. The first volume had funny moments, love, betrayals, secrets and friendships. This one had action, heartbreaks, more secrets, lies and death. I mean Death, with big D.
And I am mad. My loveliest character was Leech. Huh. But I loved him. He had guts, had courage, went through hell again and again. Only to (view spoiler). That's so not fair.
And yes I hated Seven. Because there was something fishy about her from the beginning.
Sifa  Blackmon
I really enjoyed the first novel of the Atlantean series despite poor reviews and Emerson does not disappoint in this sequel. In the first book we watched Owen Parker discovery the greatness in himself, but Dark Shore definitely takes the Aeronaut's through the fire and back again. The on-the-edge of your seat, morally questioning and emotional ride take Owen from the highest of hubris down to the broken bones of a lost identity and we watch this boy break into the smallest form of himself so th ...more
Jessica N.

3.5 stars

If you liked The Lost Code, you'll be happy to know that No. 2 is better. Much better.

What bugged me about No. 1 is that nothing really happened - but The Dark Shore makes up for that lack with lots of action and lots of intrigue. Information is divulged and people die. The pacing is spot on and the action is not stop. Owen continues to grow a spine and is popular with the ladies. Leech sheds his sub-human attitude and makes peace and friendship with Owen.
Ashley Chen
Oct 28, 2012 Ashley Chen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhh~ Love the cover! The colours are great!
Dec 01, 2012 Matt marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This cover screams pretentious suck.
Kathy Frank
I think I'm going to give this one 3.5 stars. It would be 4.5 maybe a full 5 stars but I had a huge problem with the situation between Seven and Owen and it kept me from enjoying a large portion of The Dark Shore.

If you've read my review of The Lost Code (right here) you know one of my favorite things was how Owen was besotted with Lilly. He'd get kind of awkward whenever she was around, having trouble thinking clearly, and I believe blushing and stammering a time or two. And I loved that! It wa
Mel Barnes
When it came time to read 'The Dark Shore', I was excited to finally see and experience life outside the Dome. Plus I'm all about road trips, okay this is an aeronautical trip, but you get my drift.

This has got to be one of the best series I've found that uses dynamic prologues filled with verse and pieces from future portions of the book. I find myself going back to re-read them as they relate so well at various points. There have definitely been books out there where I have barely taken in the
Dena (Batch of Books)
I won an ARC from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I was so excited when it arrived that I bought the first book in the series so I could read them in order. I liked the first book quite a bit (my review). The first book was a lot less violent than most science fiction books I'd read. This book picks up where the first left off. The first half is action packed, violent, and disturbing, but very engaging.

About half way through the book, there is an "event" that takes place. It bothered me quite
Stephanie Boaman
I thought I would have to reread The Lost Code before diving into The Dark Shore, since it's been over a year since I read it, but I fell right back into the story. It picks up right where we left: Leech, Lilly, and Owen are flying away from EdenWest, woefully unprepared for the world outside the dome. I liked this book even better than the first, as the action started from the first page and there was a tension that ran through the entire book. I was never sure who could be trusted, and there w ...more
The Dark Shore was a really great edition to the Atlanteans series! I find this series really unique in its own way. The whole idea of the skulls is really interesting to read about. And the world building is pretty awesome. From the domes, to the sun, to the cryos, the gills, and the 'prophecy' really makes the story that much better! There was a lot going on in this book, some good and some bad, but I must say that I definitely enjoyed the installment and can't wait for the next.

In the beginni
Emily S.
*Huge thanks to Kevin Emerson and Katherine Tegen Books for sending me a copy of this book*

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for this book. If you remember, I LOVED the first book, The Lost Code. I was so excited about the world that Kevin Emerson envisioned. I felt like the time between books was never going to end. I had The Dark Shore on my auto-buy list, so I was absolutely going to get my hands on a copy. I NEEDED to get back into this world and find out what happened to
Yes! An excellent and exciting sequel to a criminally overlooked YA science fiction series. It picks up right where "The Lost Code" left off - the three Atlanteans are in their airship, headed off to learn as much as they can about themselves and hide from those who would do them harm. A powerful and possibly dangerous sect has learned of the Atlantean prophecy and the possibility of restoring order to the earth, yet at what cost? We also meet a fun new character, Seven, who adds some much-neede ...more
The Dark Shore is the second book of this series. The Lost Code is the first book of the series, The Atlantean. (Yes, there's a review of The Lost Code.) To put this review is simple words, I say The Dark Shore is a fantastic sequel, that is better than The Lost Code, the first book. Warning: If you decide not to read The Lost Code before The Dark Shore, you'll be in a huge surprise. The Dark Shore has no recap so you have to read The Lost Code or else you'll be the lost one.

I love the action i
Dorine White
The Story-

Owen, Lily and Leech have escaped Paul and Camp Eden, only to find themselves at the mercy of the Earth's horrid post-apocalyptic climate. Desperate for food and rest, they enter lands that appear to have been ravaged by a plague. Things go horribly wrong and a member of their party is injured.

Owen is forced to take them to Desenna, a co-op of people living like ancient Aztecs, human sacrifice and all. There our trio discover the second crystal skull, and the identity of the third Atla
*A copy was provided by Harper for review purposes*

After a simply amazing start to this series, The Dark Shore had a lot to live up to. While it wasn’t as amazing as The Lost Code, it was pretty darn close. The idea for this whole series is extremely cool and imaginative. Atlanteans and mythological gods. Genius! The writing was very good, as was the setting and world. In the beginning of the book the story was really predictable and I could guess what was going to happen, but towards the middle
Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
that freaking twist man....NEVER saw it coming!!!! which says a LOT, since i see 99+% of all twists and reveals coming from the opening chapters of a book....omg!!!!!! i was wondering (view spoiler) ...more
Once Upon
Book two in a surprisingly good series continues the intrigue and adds to a very deep story. Kevin Emerson creates a novel that surpasses the prequel and takes the world he created to new heights. The twists continue to confound while the characters become more relatable. Emerson also uses great writing to help convey his story to the reader. The pace of the Dark Shore is fairly good although there are a few dry moments in the book. Never the less, the majority of the novel grips you till you ge ...more
Travis Freehauf
Really great series

Really great series

I cannot wait until the third book is out.

the store is one of challenge, where three unlikely young people are pitted in a battle between those that wish to control all thing as gods and survival of life itself. highly recommended.
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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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