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The House of Power (Atherton #1)

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From the creator of the Land of Elyon comes a riveting adventure set in an extraordinary satellite world?created as a refuge from a dying Earth?that begins to collapse and forever change the lives of its inhabitants. Edgar, a gifted climber, is a lonely boy scaling the perilous cliffs that separate the three realms of Atherton: a humble fig grove; a mysterious highland wor ...more
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Published April 3rd 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 3rd 2005)
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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
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
Sam Afton
Jul 04, 2016 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
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
Carl Koch
Feb 09, 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
Noah Buhrow
Mar 21, 2016 Noah Buhrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Noah Herring
Oct 21, 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
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
Sep 12, 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
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
Mar 21, 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
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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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 05, 2015 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 15, 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
Mark Buxton
Aug 03, 2016 Mark Buxton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My name is Edgar, and the Highlands are sinking into the ground. The people up there control our found and water, but I've been and searching for a message hidden in the cliff. I finally find a leather-bound book, but I've got to find someone who can read it. It's forbidden for people in my lands to read. I scale the rocks up to the Highlands and find a boy to help. The book says Atherton was created by a young man, but he may have gone crazy while doing it. The book goes on to say changes are c ...more
Charlie Lewis
Jun 01, 2016 Charlie Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response

I enjoyed The House Of Power because of the constant feeling of adventure throughout the book. I enjoyed this book also because it had the view of multiple people.

Atherton is a planet that is made up of three levels, the three levels are the highest is the Highlands, the middle is Tabletop, and the bottom is the Flatlands. The main character named Edgar is a orphan worker on Tabletop, on Tabletop there are three main areas, first there is the grove where Edgar work’s on the
Apr 21, 2016 Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edgar lives in Atherton, a three leveled world, when all the levels come together. He survives going to Hightop and the flatlands and the story continues in the next book.
The story begins in Atherton, Atherton has three levels. The first level is Hightop, Hightop controls all the water in Atherton and is the highest of the three levels. Middletable is the middle level and the one were Edgar lives. Middletable controls all the food in Atherton. The Flatlands are the lowest of the three levels and
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Tony Caruso
Nov 17, 2014 Tony Caruso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MC Donald D

Have you ever imagined a place away from earth that was much simpler than earth?
Well, in the book Atherton The House of Power patrick carman describes this place away from earth in the most elaborate words. in the start of the book there is this boy named Edgar he has no family and works in the second layer of Atherton table top his care giver Mr Ratikin is mean to him but he also needs them to work to please the finial section the highlands. Edgar is very wiggly child climbing on
Regan Smith
The House of Power by: Patrick Carman is an aewsome book that takes place on a world made by man.Its wonderful and exciting, edventurous book!
Edgar has a secret. One that is forbidan in all of Artherton. One that he can't help because he seems to be made for it. After work in the Grove, everyone goes back to their homes in the village. But not Edgar, Edgar goes to the cliffs and climbs. He climbs the cliffs that seperate the three sections of Atherton, the Highlands, Tabletop, and the Plains.
Dean Jones
Mar 29, 2014 Dean Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After earning fame for his bestselling Land of Elyon series, Patrick Carman captivates readers once again in his Atherton series. In the fictional world of Atherton, there are three levels separated by towering cliffs: the Highlands, where the wealthy and privileged live with plentiful water, literature, and horses, Tabletop, where fig farmers and shepherds work to serve those in the Highlands, and the Flatlands, where horrible creatures devour everything in their path, even each other. By emplo ...more
Juliana Bricarello41615
This story about a young boy trying to find where he belongs in the world is truly amazing. I loved the book the writing in it is amazing, it's so descriptive, it also allows the reader effectively read the book. Yet "descriptive" just doesn't cut it, the book has you wanting to continue reading just to know whats coming next. I feel as though the book couldn't be any better! It has that thing to it where it has just the right amount of suspense to where it keeps you going, but doesn't wait to l ...more
May 31, 2016 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
House of Power, by Patrik Carman, is an amazing sci-fi/dystopian novel. It has a complex society where the people living on top of the world known as Atherton, have much more power than the people who live in the tabletop or middle area. I think it does a good job representing our society and how the high-class stays at the high-class and low-class can never reach the high-class. At times, it is a little hard to follow but it always stays interesting and the end has a huge surprise. I will say u ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've had this book on my to-read list for like 2 years, and I finally got around to it. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. It had just about everything I was looking for: adventure, a touch of sci-fi, some creepy creatures, secrets and revelations, no swearing or sex. Just a great book for older kids and even teens. And there was no love story - which was a huge plus. Those sure get old after you read them a zillion times.
I can recommend
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!!
The premise was really cool (a strangely shaped satellite world, a lonely boy on an epic adventure in which he makes new friends, gains new knowledge, and travels to different lands). The world, with its three tiers, created to be habitable when the planet below had grown dark after climate change type disasters, was interesting. All the pieces were good, but the way they came together was lackluster, for me. I don't know if it was just too middle grade for my current tastes or what, but I am un ...more
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