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The Lost Code

(The Atlanteans #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,932 ratings  ·  422 reviews
In the year 2086, Camp Eden promises summer “the way things used to be,” back before the oceans rose, the sun became a daily enemy, and modern civilization sank into chaos. Located inside the EdenWest BioDome, the camp is an oasis of pine trees, cool water, and rustic charm.

But all at Camp Eden is not what it seems.

No one will know this better than 15-year-old Owen Parker.
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Kevin Emerson Two more. #2 is THE DARK SHORE, and #3 is THE FAR DAWN. Happy reading!

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This review contains minor spoilers for The Lost Code.

I knew upon reading the first two, painful pages of The Lost Code that it would not end up being a book that I'd like, but me, being the horribly optimistic and good-hearted person that I am (laugh and I'll make you read this book) trudged on hoping that The Lost Code would garner at the very least two stars from me.

And this is what I get for being optimistic and good-hearted. *sigh* I should just stop being an overall amazing person. (A
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, own
I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this. The blurb gives off a dystopian, sci-fi feel to it. It obviously has some mythology too with the series titled The Atlanteans. So I wasn't sure how all this would fit together in one novel. Well, let's just say that it doesn't lack in originality! A futuristic dystopian world, domes, special genes, Greek mythology, secrets, and an adventure like no other. This is what you can expect from the world created in The Lost Code. Regardless of ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow - a lot of people found this book disappointing... I'm surprised. I liked it very much. Other reviewers have done great plot summaries, so I won't re-invent the wheel. But I do want to present an alternate view of the story, and address some of the reviewer complaints:

I gather that people wanted more action/adventure and less of the main character's camp experience. Some folks felt that the story didn't really begin until the last few chapters, but it didn't seem that way to me - I thought t
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: galleys, reviewed
Alright. *cracks knuckles* Time to get back into the reviewing game.

I have a deep love for the idea of Atlantis. It combines my affection for lost civilizations with my interest in natural disasters and my boundless enthusiasm for wild semi-magical technologies. More than once I've toyed with Atlantis concepts of my own, and someday I'd like to actually take a crack at writing one, if I can worldbuild it to my own satisfaction. So naturally, when I saw 'book one of the Atlanteans' on the cover o
Colleen Houck
A very unique take on the story of Atlantis. My favorite thing was the butterflies that were little spy cameras. The setting is lovely. It will stay with you. Curious about the world outside the dome now.
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book really captured me. I love a book when I can get into the adventure within the plot and follow along with the characters. If you thought this book was just another story, think again.

What I adored about this book is the amazing plot line. The history of the Atlanteans, the secret maps, the codes to a long lost civilization, I fell into this plot quickly. I like that is plays fast in the plot so that the reader is immediately hooked. The story has so many elements in the plot line mixin
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had such high hopes for this book but ended up being really disappointed. It wasn't because the story was bad per se - because it was good though not great - but it didn't really exist. I know that doesn't make sense, but hopefully I can explain.

I felt the REAL story didn't start begin until Chapter 16 (in my version, page 155 out of 276). That's more than halfway through the book, and after that, it was just about them finding out about who they really are and plans to escape. And the latter
okay I won this book as a ARC and it took me A WHILE to finish since it is coming out this month! but yaa... BUY IT! I loved this book!!!
This is a really unusual book, and that's what I loved most about it. There are no vampires, no shape shifters, no werewolves, no zombies, no nothiiiing. It is totally unexpected when we find out what some of the characters are. It takes place on Eden something something lol I kinda forgot and WOW! While I was reading I was wondering could this really happen t
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
“History is always written to serve the powerful.”

This was a good book!! :D

This book has some instances of sciency elements in it: When it talks about what it's like outside, the genetic code, DNA, and stuff like that. It also has some mythology about Atlantis about it, though it's not quite like the tradition story of it being underwater and all.


Loved the action scenes!
The romance. I liked how there was some, but not enough that it dominates the whole book.
Descriptions of how life wa
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
One down, two to go. Just because.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Gone and Percy Jackson
Recommended to Jon by: Myself!
Seen at Scott Reads It
I have read so many mixed reviews of The Lost Code but I really liked the premise of it. I mean seriously a book about Atlantis sounds like such an original and cool idea. The Lost Code got off to a bit of a slow start but I definitely enjoyed it. The Lost Code tells the story of Owen who goes to Camp Eden, a camp located inside a dome that mimics conditions before the oceans rose. Global Warming much? Anyway the reader is whisked on a strange journey that takes the reader
A myth surrounded by mist, a legend waved through stories after stories, generations after generations, but no one know the truth. I grew up listening to several bed time stories on Legend of Atlantis but I never thought I will find a YA fiction based on that, I couldn’t help but being was extremely curious and took an immediate interest in the book.

Author Kevin Emerson introduces us to a post global warming era where the ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have raised, and the Sun can burn you down
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia, ya, sci-fi, green
Atlantis is so cool.
Great concept, and the author is lovely.
Read it in preparation for his visit to our library.

Yay near-future sci-fi!
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
As posted on booknook - YA and Fantasy book reviews

The Lost Code is a book about Owen Parker. He’s a pretty normal guy who is far from perfect. He’s not overly confident, he doesn’t have a muscular build, and he’s a little awkward. Owen has been selected to live in EdenWest, which is a dome compound 6 kilometers in diamter that protects its 200,000 inhabitants from the destroyed ozone and dangerous levels of radiation. The story starts off with Owen drowning. But when he’s finally rescued, he sh
It was more like a 2.3 star. So, I rounded down. Because it deserved it.

What is it about?
Basically, the world is in shambles (no surprise there) and there are these big dome thingies that people live in. Apparently, our main character and narrator, Owen, lives outside of this place, underground, and only came here as a prize winner something-or-other. He finds out he has gills and is decended from the Atlantians blah blah blah.

We have Owen, who is a totally...not impressive main cha
Emily Blake
*An ARC was provided by Harper Collin's Children's Books in exchange for an honest review*

I haven’t read a book with a boy as the main character since Percy Jackson, and I really loved those books. Owen isn’t as kick-butt as Percy was, but he (and this book) are special in their own ways.

First off, this is an amazingly original, imaginative idea. Atlantis, and dystopia. Great. All the books about werewolves and vampires are getting old because how many times can you tell the same story different
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, will-trade

Another dystopian novel? Author Kevin Emerson created a standalone novel in the popular dystopian genre. The reader is introduced to Owen, a slightly nerdy and funny young teen at a camp. Owen isn't at just any camp, however, the camp represents one of the only remaining habitable places on Earth. Earth has been ravaged by humans; the ozone layer has broken down and the fresh water is rapidly evaporating. Owen and his fellow campers are told that their small corner of the world is doing well, bu
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
There's so much to love about the Lost Code, but I'll try to keep it brief. Owen is an every-boy, not someone that anyone would think is special. Yet as he comes into his own in this dystopian setting you start to see that he really might be the one who can save his world. Add a cute girl and a creepy nemesis and the story is good to go.
I cannot say enough about Emerson's portrayal of teen dynamics. It was so spot on it gave me goosebumps. Very few adults can write about the shifting and exclusi
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Family & Friends
Did I like the story? Yes

Could I read the story again? Yes

Will I let my 12-year-old daughter read it? Yes, she’s on page 45 now

Will I read the next in the series? Yes either from Library or at a good price, but I wouldn’t say that I’d stand at the bookstore at midnight waiting on release date.

Will I read other books from the same author? Yes

How many stars? Gave it 4 stars because I answered everything yes above :).

I did read a few reviews before I read the book (won via Goodread’s giveaway), an
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Based on an ARC.

‏The ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have risen, and the sun is a daily enemy. Earth is becoming a wasteland.

When Owen arrives at Camp Eden, one of the only remaining habitable places on earth, he never imagined that his life would take a dramatic turn. The knowledge he would discover, just may be the key to discovering forgotten history. Little did he know what transformations he would go through

This was a refreshing take on the dystopian genre that seems to be everywhere right n
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Lost Code started out okay, but i quickly lost interest.

Owen was an alright character to start with, but as the story progressed, i liked him less and less.
The other characters were the same. By the end of the book, there wasn't one character that i liked.

The pacing was way too slow.
It felt like it took me hours to get through a few chapters, and whenever i put it down, i didn't have the motivation to pick it back up again.

Overall, slow and dull.
Victoria Robinson
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This book wasn't bad but it was straight-up weirder than an anesthesia induced dream. ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
AHHHHHHHH they should not have ended that like that....... it was a great book, but I dont have the next in series.
Katrina Welsh
Dec 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
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This is a mess.

I've always thought it was harder to write reviews for Great books than for Bad ones but The Lost Code is the closest book to prove that assumption wrong. I don't even know where to start.

Ok. Fine. Let's just get this over with.

There are no likeable characters. They are all boring and annoying and I want to punch each and every one of them in the face for existing. The most annoying of them all is Owen, the main character, our narr
Mary Mimouna
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

With the ozone all but gone, the world is completely ravished and the temperature only continues to soar causing the oceans to rise at astronomical rates. Unprotected sun exposure is deadly in even the smallest amounts. To survive, most people have moved underground, like Owen and his father, but life isn't easy. Then Owen is selected for a month long camp under one of the domes built to simulate how life and nature used to be, and he counts
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-tours
This dystopian story takes place in a world where it is no longer safe to be outdoors because of danger from the sun due to ozone damage. Owen Parker finds himself the winner of a contest to participate in a summer camp in one of the exclusive domes that have been built for people to live in safely, which recreates the feel of the real world before the earth was damaged. Owen is from the hub, an underground community for those not fortunate enough to live in the domed community of Eden. He prett ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-releases
I didn't finish this book. That's probably the best way to start this review -a confession. I didn't finish The Lost Code, because it was just too darn painful, and there are so many things sitting on my shelf right now that I'd rather spend my time with right now. Honestly, I tried to give this book a chance. I read half of it because I had to toss it aside. Why, you ask?

Let's see, where do I start?

The Lost Code is billed as some sort of YA Dystopian novel that's built on the classic myth of At
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Author of sixteen novels for children and young adults, most recently LAST DAY ON MARS, BREAKOUT, and the ATLANTEANS series. His books have been published in ten different countries. Formerly a science teacher and a creative writing teacher, Kevin is also a singer and drummer. He has won a spelling bee, lost a beauty pageant, and once appeared in a Swedish TV commercial.

Other books in the series

The Atlanteans (3 books)
  • The Dark Shore (The Atlanteans, #2)
  • The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans, #3)

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