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The Dark Planet (Atherton #3)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  968 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
In the dazzling conclusion to the epic story of Atherton, Patrick Carman takes readers on the most rewarding journey of all, to the perilous realm of The Dark Planet: Earth.

When Edgar discovers a way to leave the mysterious satellite world of Atherton, he couldn't have imagined the gloom that awaited him on the dark planet, where the oceans are toxic, the forests are full
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 9th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2009)
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Carl Koch
May 07, 2015 Carl Koch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read “The Dark Planet” by Patrick Carman. I thought that the book was extremely good. The story always kept me wanting to read more and not stopping until I was done. The book was about a young boy, Edgar, who lived on a planet called Atherton. Atherton was created by a scientist to see if it was possible to save life on a polluted Earth. Edgar was also created by the same man that created Atherton. Edgar was sent on a journey to the bottom of Atherton to try and regain contact with the Dark P ...more
Ashley Chen
Jul 15, 2012 Ashley Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I don't know why I listed this as to-read. I read this book years ago. I found this and the first book the best. I can't even describe how amazing the series is. This is the real dystopian before the dystopian craze. I love the world building and the characters. Edgar is just too amazing. The monsters created are creeeeppy! I really just remember how amazing the book is. know my memories are know years since I read the book. But I really recommend it.

I really wish there w
Jun 18, 2015 Trevor rated it it was amazing
What I thought of the book was it was good, It had a balance between suspense joy and other emotions. What I liked about it was the essence of both fantasy and sci-fiction. For example there was a genetically engineered dragon. The mad Dr. Maximus Harding had planned everything that happened, and he knew it would save the Dark Planet from itself. The inhabitants all found out the very creatures that hunted them was able to be eaten. The creatures, the Spikers and the Cleaners, are both mutant cr ...more
Corey Schmidt
I read the book “The Dark Planet.” It was written by Patrick Carman. It is the third book in the Atherton book series, and I thought it was a very good book about how things can happen in a very unexpected way.

The book starts off with Dr. Kincaid giving Edgar a mission to try and reconnect with the Dark Planet. To get to the station where he could do this he had to climb all the way to the bottom of Atherton. When he arrives at the station he find a big spiked ball called the Raven. Inside the
Adam Veeser-Johnston
Atherton: The Dark Planet, by Patrick Carman.

Personal Response: This book was a great view of what a world could be like if it were mistreated. I think I was really struck by its style of writing and the creativity of the author.

Plot: The plot is about three children just over the age of 12. These children live on a satellite planet called Atherton. The air, water, and wildlife is as healthy as the people living on it, giving a good lifestyle well away from the dangers of the Dark Planet from wh
Apr 24, 2011 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept, though it gets very sci-fi in this book compared to the rest of the series.
Miss Kitty
Seriously, how does crap like this get published? This was mostly boring with some spurts of interestingness. This time Edgar is crawling along the BOTTOM of Atherton (see, in the first book he crawled around the top, in the second book he crawled along the middle level and now he's cavorting on the bottom! It's genius because Atherton is a three level planet! Whoa!). Samuel and Isabelle get worried and go after him and hang around the interior of Atherton and they meet a dragon with a horn on h ...more
Narek Aloyan
May 19, 2013 Narek Aloyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because of the title and the summary about it. Earth has become a dark, polluted planet and one boy, who was made by a scientist, starts a cycle that would clean the Earth and make it safe to go outside. He and around a thousand others had escaped to a planet created by the scientist who created him, (AKA Edgar), and now went back to clean up Earth and save children in the process. One quote i liked was " She would remember her mother's touch or the voice of a lost friend, and ...more
Jessica N.

This trilogy finished with a happy ending ... yay! A little bit unbelievably, yes, but I was willing to ignore the craziness of the denouement because most, if not all loose ends were tied up. Although, it doesn't come outright and say what happened to Cmdr. Judix. I love tied up loose ends. They make me happy and feel complete.
For a kids' book, this is nicely done. Simple plot, lots of adventure and excitement. And there are dragons AND spaceships involved! What c
The Dark Planet was better than the other books. The only thing that kept me from giving it five stars was that it skipped around a lot. In one chapter it starts from Edgar's point of view and then you know what another character is thinking. The only thing that kept me from giving it three stars is that he made the characters very life like.

There are also more of Dr. Harding's creations. Such as the Spiker, the Pythid, the Raven and Gossamer. I liked the new creations most of all though. The
Quincy Whittaker
This book brought everything together. It was the corner stone of the structure or the most important part of a machine. The action, suspense, climax, and way the author told the story was like I was experiencing it myself and I loved it with my heart. The book was special and I rarely find and read books like this it. I hope that I can find more like it and I hope that others will enjoy it as much as I did.
Jul 21, 2012 Dianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed this series of books! Started reading them with my son and just kept on reading. I never knew what was going to happen next. I really appreciate his easy style of writing, keeping things innocent and gentle while still maintaining a great adventure story. Patrick Carman is now one of my new favorite authors! :)
Jun 16, 2015 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, adventure
Best book of the trilogy! I feel like both of the previous books were just building up to this satisfying climax. Although I usually loathe depressing post-apocalyptic fiction, I liked that this story ends on a very happy and hopeful note. Following Edgar's journey down to the Dark Planet itself, the story involves even more fantastical creatures than the last and leads us to believe that Atherton has holds more secrets than Dr. Harding ever let on. A wonderful conclusion to a fascinating tale o ...more
Jun 27, 2015 Evette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 03, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
First of all, it's almost 1:00AM, yeah, I know, crazy.
Now, let's talk about the book.
I loved it. It was amazing. Definitely one of my favorites trilogies.
Now I know why Patrick wrote it, and I'm glad he did.
It's a perfect ending for this story.
The ending by itself is… I don't know, I just loved it.
I remember I said that this book was senseless, but now I regret that, because with this book Patrick wanted to tell us the true objective of Athertorn, and I loved that.
The story is quite original, in
Sep 26, 2010 Janeen-san rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely satisfying conclusion to the Atherton series! Edgar, a very spirited boy and gifted climber, discovers a way to journey to the Dark Planet, which is Earth in the year 2105. Many dangers and wonders abound in this mysterious, dying world, and he must travel to the Silo, where many children are kept and forced to long, hard hours of physical labor. There, he hopes to finish a special task his maker, Dr. Harding, didn't live long enough to finish.
Meanwhile, back on Atherton, Samuel an
Jan 30, 2010 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 04, 2012 Kerstin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-2012
Die Regierung ist gefallen, es bleibt kaum noch Hoffnung. Aber in der traurigen Dunkelheit des Silos, wo die versklavten Kinder arbeiten, erzählt man sich noch immer die Legende über den klügsten Jungen, der je dort gelebt hat. Der Junge, der sie alle retten könnte. Dies ist der Ort, an dem Edgar erschaffen wurde. Nun muss er zur verlassenen Welt seines Ursprungs zurückkehren, um Dr. Hardings spektakulären Plan umzusetzen. Denn lange vor Atherton war das einzige verlorene Paradi
Karen Ball
Jun 05, 2011 Karen Ball rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
End to the Atherton series: House of Power and Rivers of Fire
Powerhouse conclusion to this series! The first two books introduced us to the world of Atherton, its inhabitants human and animal, and we discovered the reason it was created... or so we thought. The Dark Planet takes us on a journey to Earth: dark, polluted to poisonous levels, infested with violent creatures, and where only a few strongholds keep humanity alive, though they are controlled by people with problems as bad as the planet
Jennifer Wardrip
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Life in Atherton has changed and its people have started over. Edgar's encounter with his maker, Dr. Harding, has left questions that can only be answered by leaving the only home he has ever known.

Edgar's journey takes him to the Dark Planet; a sick and dying world filled with deadly creatures and air that fills the lungs with sickness. Edgar has come in search of information about his beginnings, but what he finds is so much more.

He's a part of Dr
Esmeralda Verdú
El planeta oscuro, a pesar de haberme parecido el más flojo de los tres, ha sido un buen punto final para esta trilogía llena de aventuras que nos presenta un mundo alternativo después de que los humanos desolemos nuestro planeta. A algunos os echará hacia atrás darle una oportunidad a esta historia porque parece demasiado infantil, pero yo misma me he sorprendido al comprobar que no lo es tanto. Sí, cuenta con unos protagonistas de unos doce años solamente, pero son de lo más maduros para su ed ...more
Emily WilowRaven
The Dark Planet is the third and final book in the Atherton series and there isn't a whole lot I can say without giving everything away.[return][return]So....[return][return]If you have read the first two books -- Book 1: The House of Power and Book 2: Rivers of Fire, then you will love The Dark Planet. All of our favorite characters are here plus some wonderful (and horrible!) new ones. Edgar learns more about where he came from and in true Carman style, all loose ends are tied up in time for g ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Eliza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! This was a great ending. fans could not put this book down Loved it. So sad when this ended:( READ ALSO: The Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan is GREAT too.
Feb 03, 2016 Adriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow.... Atherton... I mean.... Wow! It took me so long to finish this book, because it was so freaking good! I really didn't want it to end ..... I would give it 10 stars if I could. It has everything! Damn! That was good! It was pure magic!!!! Patrick Carman is the best!!!
Everyone! Please read it. Read it now!
Jacelia Breedlove
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Miss Clark
I started the book knowing I was not truly invested in the story, having just barely finished the preceding book in the series. That said, the action was kept at a decent pace and it kept my attention better than I anticipated.

A ruined earth, years in the future, and only a handful of children can save it. The science is sketchy at best, but is supposed to remain solidly in the realm of technology and not magic. Hope is to cover the holes in the viability of said science.

I still lacked connectio
Cathy Caldwell
Aug 15, 2014 Cathy Caldwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best of the trilogy, The Dark Planet is full of action and explanations. Patrick Carman created a very detailed world...fascinating how he describes things happening.
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J.L. Mbewe
May 28, 2010 J.L. Mbewe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Patrick Carman's storytelling from his Land of Elyon series to his Atherton series. The Dark Planet concludes the Atherton series as we revisit Atherton and venture to the Dark Planet: Earth. Edgar is on his own as he follows his father's last wishes to return to the Dark Planet and finish what his father had started. In the mean time Isabel and Samuel are having an adventure of their own inside Atherton. We meet more interesting creatures from the mind of Dr. Harding, but they all have a ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took a poll about which book in the Atherton series is the best, but I wasn't done with all of them, and chose #1. But now, after reading this book I am changing my answer to #3, the last in the series. For some reason the last book in a series always seems like the best one. I wish that Hope could have gone with the green team to Atherton, but I understand why she wanted to stay and help the younger kids. I was really happy when Landon got the model of Gossamer since he seemed really sad that ...more
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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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