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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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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
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....more
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...more
Ival Crisp
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...more
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...more
Ryan Gallaway
Dec 01, 2009 Ryan Gallaway rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like adventure stories
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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....more
Saddleseat Sammi
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
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
Dean Jones
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
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...more
Nan Sprester
This book is on the 2008 Texas Bluebonnet list and it's great! Lots of adventure. It took a little while for me to get into it but now I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Jasper Wu
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
Jessica N.

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...more
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!!
"In Mr. Ratikan's grove there lived a boy. He was not well-to-do, but his needs were met and he was happy most of the time. His name was Edgar.
Carman has already captured my attention. Edgar is not a very common name nowadays. I'm listening.
Some would say that Edgar was skinny like all the other boys who worked in the grove, but they would only be half right, for everyone knows that there are two kinds of skinny children: some are fragile as paper while others are nimble as wire. Edgar was the...more
This is a brilliant book, high-five to Patrick Carman, the awsome author who invented the magical planet of Atherton!

The 'Dark Planet' is Earth in the year 5021, and the mad genius Dr. Maxumius Harding, creates the planet 'Atherton', a haven from all the dirt and disaster on the Dark Planet.
Everyone wants to go the the new world, however, there is one major drawback: In order to go there, one must erase one's memory of Earth, making it seem as if Atherton is the only place that they know, and a...more
Atherton is certainly a very interesting world Patrick Carman has dreamed up. Sarah picked it up from the library and it included a CD with a trailer for the book. Yes, a trailer. It was intriguing. So I gave it a whirl.

It's interesting how the characters see each other when the book starts out. It's interesting how people are compartmentalized and mostly go about their business according to how they have been labeled. And then the tables are turned when those on top are forced to be on the same...more
"Edgar is an eleven year old boy, who lives in Atherton. He live in the second of three levels of this world and tends the Grove. He remembers a man leaving him in the Tabletop and tellign him of something hidden in the cliffs. He climbs and climbs until he finds a book. The only problem is that Edgar can not read. So he ventures to the Highlands, a forbidden land where the most powerful live inside the House of Power. He finds another boy, Samuel, whose father used to be one of the four Lords o...more
Lacey Librarian

This was one of those stories where the backstory was much more interesting than the current story. I wanted to know more about how Atherton came to be, and less about its current state of affairs. Also, I know this isn't "wrong," but it's a pet peeve of mine when stories jump into a bunch of character's different perspectives. This book jumped between characters so much that I felt about as dizzy as Atherton's citizens, who were dealing with increasingly frequent "earthquakes." The head-hopping...more
Jessica Leatham
The House of Power is the first book in the Atherton series. Atherton is a three tiered satellite that rotates the Dark Planet. It was invented by a scientist gone mad. From the beginning, his obsession to use his knowledge to create a living entity is compared with Dr. Frankenstein’s creation of his creature. The very top tier is called the Highlands. Here, the people live in a fairly content and comfortable society. They are governed by some elders who live in the House of Power. The second ti...more
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...more
zach silva
Atherton house of power

In the movie How to Train Your Dragon Hiccup is shunned because he is not strong or athletic like most Vikings. Hiccup’s tribe is at war with Dragons. When Hiccup finds a wounded dragon. He helps it and spends time with it he and the dragon bond. He trains and learns to fly the dragon when it is back to health. Then he and the dragon help finish the war with the dragons. His dad finally accepts him again. Hiccup finds that he belongs flying dragons. Just like Hiccup in the...more
Karen Ball
Atherton is a three-level world, with the lowest level as the wasteland, the middle level (Tabletop) where the illiterate peasant people raise rabbits, sheep, figs and wheat, and the top level where Sir Phineas and the other leaders live and control all of the water supply for the lower levels. Only those who live in the highlands are allowed to learn to read -- any Tabletop resident finding a book must turn it in immediately. They are also not allowed to climb the cliffs leading up to the highl...more
I've been looking forward to this book. Maybe that's my downfall.

House of Power is obviously written for a younger crowd. It takes the stock 'oh noes we can't read, we found a book, what will happen?' plot and tries to crank it. Which is great. Our heroes are 9 through 11-year-old children, who somehow can figure out basic weapons that none of the adults ever thought of making. Okay, fine.

I let this book get away with a lot of things. The rapid ping-ponging of a third-person omniscient narration...more
I really enjoyed this book!
However, I have a few grievances.
Let's start positive though!
I love the characters and narration, it's told from a unique viewpoint and I really enjoyed the writing style. The character's were interesting and lovable and I enjoyed being on the journey with them. Along with that I loved the plot, counterplots, subplots, and different aspects that made the story more visual, it was really helpful for the storytelling.
There were quite a few grammatical errors th...more
Jo Oehrlein
Atherton is a created world. It's a funny top-shaped planet that has 3 levels. The learned and powerful live on the top level and control the water, but are dependent on the second level for food. The people on the second level grow the food (sheep, rabbits, dates), but depend on the top level for water. On the third level are the cleaners, which are big beasts that eat the waste dumped down from level 2 (it never mentions where waste from level 1 goes).

Atherton has been created by a mad scienti...more
The House of Power by Patrick Carman is the first novel in a series of three. It may be considered young adult fiction but underlying is a political tone.

Edgar is a young boy of only eleven, but he is ready to take on the world. His curiosity gets the better of him regularly and this leads him on the adventure of his life, climbing soaring cliffs and meeting new friends along the way. This book is a must-read for any adventurous young soul with a desire to see the world.

The author uses strong im...more
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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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“Habéis prestado un gran servicio a los supervivientes de Atherton. Este momento será recordado por muchas generaciones. Siempre se recordará cómo os detuvistes a luchar contra un terrible enemigo para que los demás pudieran vivir” 1 likes
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