Rivers of Fire (Atherton, #2)
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Rivers of Fire (Atherton #2)

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Atherton was once a magnificent three-tiered world, but few inhabitants know the truth of its dark origin: it is a giant man-made satellite, created as a refuge from a dying Earth. Now this strange place is torn apart--its three lands, formerly separated by treacherous cliffs, have collapsed and collided. But a gifted climber and adventurous orphan boy, Edgar, is determine...more
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Published July 1st 2008 by Findaway World (first published April 20th 2008)
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Jun 02, 2008 Tasha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of the first
Shelves: teen
I was lucky enough to review the first book in this series for School Library Journal. I loved it.

And while I really liked this second book about Atherton, it didn't quite capture me the way that the first book did. We return to the world of Atherton which is in the process of changing. The Highlands are falling and the Flatlands are rising. Horrible creatures called Cleaners are suddenly able to reach the human towns, and our hero and his friends find themselves right in the thick of danger as...more
I had great hopes for Atherton by Patrick Carman, which is why I could only give it two stars after reading it. The premise is creative, and I especially appreciated that the writer employed several ways of drawing the reader in (e.g., font variations, graphics, CD-ROM/Internet material). Unfortunately, the overall storytelling was lacking focus. The point of view jumped from character to character; every thought and action of every character was explored. Although Edgar is likely meant to be th...more
Miss Kitty
Jul 07, 2008 Miss Kitty rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like poorly-written action-adventure stories
The first book (Atherton: House of Power) was pretty good. Don't get me wrong, I really don't like Patrick Carman's writing AT ALL but A: HoP kept me interested because it kept the action coming and maybe my heart was full of love or something when I read it so I thought it was okay-plus+. But that just wasn't the case with this book. It's completely put-downable which just makes Carman's stinky writing all the more apparent. Plus he explains EVERYTHING that goes on with the characters internall...more
This sequel to Atherton: House of Power continued the adventures of Edgar, Samuel, Isabel and the rest of the Atherton inhabitants. The second novel finds Atherton beginning to collapse into itself forcing all of the people and dangerous creatures to cohabitate. This book becomes more of an adventure story than an allegory for the consequences of globalization than the first book, but the message of unity is still very clear.
Jessica N.

I picked this up immediately after finishing the first book in this trilogy, The House of Power, because I liked that one so much.
This one didn't disappoint. It was nice and short, too, which was perfect. I don't know if I could take anymore Cleaners mayhem.
It was a great adventure book, with flavors of Jules Verne rippled generously throughout.
There are some gruesome deaths and some themes that might disturb little ones, but I can recommend this book to kids olde...more
Very interesting.
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Ival Crisp
Rivers of Fire is the second installment of the Atherton Trilogy, and a truly gripping continuation of the events witnessed in the first book. Patrick Carman is an excellent storyteller, and his prowess has never fallen short—least of all now. If you are new to the series, or new to any of Carman's work for that matter, prepare yourself for an epic ride of discovery and adventure.

The world of Atherton is on a course of revolutionary happenings: everything is about to change. Readers of Atherton...more
Die Welt von Atherton ist zusammengebrochen, die drei Ebenen sind zu einer geworden. Auge in Auge stehen sich Menschen und mutierte Kreaturen gegenüber. Ein verbitterter Machtkampf entbrennt. Das Innere von Atherton, wo die schlimmsten Geheimnisse des Planeten gehütet wurden, ist aufgebrochen. Selbst der mutige Edgar sieht sich vor schier unüberwindbare Herausforderungen gestellt. Und der verrückte Wissenschaftler, der Atherton einst kreierte, ist näher, als du denkst...

Zum Auto...more
Karen Ball
Atherton, satellite world created as a refuge from our own polluted Earth (the Dark Planet), originally had three levels separated by steep rocky cliffs. Now, those three levels are collapsing and sinking into one another, and the people from the top two levels are about to meet up with the vicious monsters from the lowest level. The top level is sinking fastest, and is starting to flood, so Edgar, Isabel, Samuel, Dr. Kincaid and Lord Phineus are on the hunt through the interior underground cave...more
Jo Oehrlein
This book is the sequel to The House of Power and picks up immediately where the prior book left off. The three lands that were separated are now one, but they seem to be inverting. The Cleaners are about to reach the villages. The water is cutoff.

Edgar is on his way to the House of Power with Dr. Kincaid and Vincent. Samuel and Isabel are already inside.

We eventually end up with Edgar, Dr. Kincaid, Vincent, Samuel, Isabel, Lord Phineas, one of Lord Phineas's lieutenants, and a surprise person a...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by LaLeesha Haynes for TeensReadToo.com

RIVERS OF FIRE is the sequel to the first book in the ATHERTON series, THE HOUSE OF POWER, by Patrick Carman. The book contains a great synopsis of the first book and a list of main characters that allows a person who has not read the first title to enjoy this second book. Although, I would still suggest reading the first book, because without it, character-driven activities and background can still be confusing at the beginning of the story.

The author lays everything out a bit to neatly for my tastes. I often feel as if he believes the reader incapable of inferring anything, so he spells out for you every inner thought of the characters. I don't find this enjoyable. It detracts from the story, and my like for the story, every time an emotional scene is spoiled with the unnecessary "Suddenly so and so realized why he felt this way..." and then Carman proceeds to fill you in on the guilt of William or the feelings of the children on...more
Kristin Lundgren
Second book in the Atherton trilogy, about a made world up above earth in the future after it has been ravaged by pollution, overpopulation, etc. this entry is a little slighter in terms of plot, length, and depth of adventure, but it goes heavily into more of the Atherton back story, slowly unfolding the creation of this world like layers on an onion. Edgar remains the focus, and you'll find out why, but his friends and family play significant roles as Atherton changes once more. All the charac...more
Christense Jiang
I read the first book in this series, thought it was terrible, and gave up. However, I found the premise very interesting, so I picked it up and re-read it, then continued on to this book. I put it down about halfway through because I just stopped caring. I find the premise of this series interesting, but I feel like the whole thing is overly "dumbed down." I know it's a young adult book, but I thing even as a young adult I would have found this book condescending. The characters are one dimensi...more
I started with The Land of Elyon series. (AWESOME) This was a great series to read before or after The Land of Elyon Series. Lots of adventure and suspense! It was a great continuation! READ ALSO: The Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan is GREAT too.
Jacelia Breedlove
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The second book lets us dive into the bowels of the world of Atherton, which is not through changing, by the way, and more mysteries are unfolded. More creatures are unveiled and there is danger at every turn. I have to hand it to Patrick Carman for his creative inferno... loved the little bugs in there.

It seemed to me that Edgar took a back seat in this book so that the other characters could be developed. We see a new hero in Horace who unwillingly leads the people to unite against a common an...more
Lacey Louwagie
This book suffered from a lot of the same downfalls as the first one -- head-hopping, authorial intrusion, too much focus on the perspective of the adult characters. And because it's more plot-driven than character driven, there were a lot of places where I was just plain bored. I remain more interested in the "backstory" to this series than the present story, so this book held my interest best around the middle, where it gave the backstory some attention. The creatures created to populate Ather...more
Not a bad follow up sequel, and good for upper elementary aged kids and up, and a fairly compelling story; but somehow wish this great idea of a story could have been done better.
Rivers of Fire was okay. Still, a great story and characters. I also like that they put in monsters like the Crats, the Cave eels, the Nubians, and the Fire bugs. The things that made me give this book three stars is that most things that were spoken ended with said. Some were asked, shouted, yelled, cried, etc. And it still changes characters in the middle of a paragraph. Others than that I liked the book.

They also don't mention the rivers of fire before or after they finally get there, near...more
Good build up from the previous book. The children really showed improvement in this book. I did have trouble with a few of the adult characters -- they seemed very stereotypical and one dimensional. Some of them, like Horace, are a little more well-developed, but there are many that are very one note and could have been written better. The plot is a lot tighter this time around; however some of the descriptions are very confusing. I am still not sure how the interior of the planet works -- that...more
Carman, Patrick Atherton Rivers of Fire, pgs.303 Little Brown and Company. Language~PG, Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG;

In this sequel to Atherton: The House of Power, Carman resumes the story where he left off. The Highlands is continuing to sink and the Cleaners are coming ever closer to Tabletop. This book did not grab me as strongly as the first one did. I felt it dragged in places and was confusing in parts. I would recommend it to any who liked the first Atherton, since this book completes...more
This is a book about a boy named edger he is an orphan and his good friends Vincent, Isabel, and Samuel. The earth also called the dark planet is dyeing but a brilliant scientist named dr. herding made the world Atherton is falling apart the mountains are gone and mystery’s monsters are called cleaners are pillaging everything in there path. So edger and dr. Kincaid are forced to go through Atherton and meet dangerous foes every ware like the crat. And lord phines is taken. And then all of Ather...more
Charlyn  Trussell
In this second book of the Atherton series, Atherton collapses and then inverts. The upheaval punishes the inhabitants of the land and a few who have pushed to the core of Atherton on a mission of their own. Water, once a rare resource, suddenly seems ready to flood the land, first covering the House of Power and the Highlands. And the reader meets Dr. Harding. This part of the series is also a story of sacrifices as the new Atherton is forged through the loss of several heroes. It ends with Edg...more
The author has a clever imagination, and the worlds he creates are unique a vivid. The sequel to "House of Power" was well-done and satisfying. I sometimes get a little annoyed by the 3rd person omniscient point-of-view, and would prefer a 3rd person limited. Perhaps it bothers me because not many authors write in that point-of-view for children/YA, and sometimes it felt like Carman was "telling not showing."

Overall a good series for middle school age kids that makes them think about some big re...more
The first book in the series (well, in every series) grabbed my attention and sparked my interest. This, being the second book in the series, is still very much worth reading. I enjoyed the crazy imagery and connection of the creatures to the man-made world of Atherton. I still felt concern and worry for the children and villages in danger. The turn of the political and culture tides are always fascinating to me and this "inversion" of a three-tier world is very curious. Ready for Atherton: the...more
I love this book it is very creative. it goes good with the 1 book >
I liked it and the best part was when tabletop and gone level with the flatlands and the cleaners got got of the flatlands and went around eating everything. Another good part was when Dr.Kincaid,Vincent,Smauel,and Isabell were in the inferno and samuel made this amazing jump to help his friends not get hurt.I thought those parts were really good because they had a lot of action in them.You should read this series it is really good!
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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...more
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