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The Dark Shore

(The Atlanteans #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  591 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Beware the gods and their horrors.

Owen and Lilly have escaped Camp Eden, but the next step on their journey to find Atlantis and protect it from Paul and Project Elysium involves crossing the perilous wastelands of a wrecked planet. And unlike in EdenWest, where bloody truths were kept hidden beneath the surface, out here the horrors live bright beneath the poisonous sun.

Hardcover, 470 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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May 21, 2013 rated it liked it
If there’s one thing I can say about The Dark Shore, it’s that Kevin Emerson seems to have taken the criticisms of The Lost Code to heart. The first book of The Atlanteans was an odd mix of dystopia and mythology that tried a little too hard to be a young adult Percy Jackson, and suffered for it (because there is only one Camp Half-Blood after all, and Owen’s attempt at offbeat completely misses the mark). The Dark Shore on the other hand really surprised me by dropping the most problematic elem ...more
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, physical-arc
The Dark Shore by Kevin Emerson - Why should we save this world, when things like this can happen?

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Hmm. I have very mixed feelings about The Dark Shore . I started out a little nervous because it had been so long since I'd read The Lost Code and I was afraid I'd have no idea what was going on. Luckily, things are recapped pretty well in The Dark Shore . It started out a bit overwhelming, but I managed to piece things together as I went.

I think the best part about The Dark Shore was the world building. Parts of it were a bit creepy and gruesome, but
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Two down, one to go.

She: "If you really love me, then run with me. Get out of here alive. Because if you want to just stay here and die, then what you just said to me is a lie and I will hate you for all eternity." She stared at me, a mountain lion assessing its prey. Her eyes dared me to disobey. Then she leaped back up to her feet.

He: I felt the words. I drank them. Let them tear me open and pin my insides in place and make me still... "Okay." And I got up.

Rolls my eyes!
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Sequel
"The Dark Shore" the fast-paced, roller-coaster sequel to Kevin Emerson's " The Lost Code" begins after Owen, Lilly and Leech escape from Camp Eden. Their quest to find the "Paintbrush of the Gods", technology to reverse climate change, will have them escaping from Paul and the Elysium Project to find a temporary sanctuary in Heliad-7 in EdenSouth. But lies, deception and betrayal are even at the heart of the central city of Desenna where Dr. Kellar, the Benevolent Mother has her own plan for th ...more
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)

I was hoping that this book would be an improvement on the first one, but unfortunately it was just as dull.

I didn’t really care for any of the characters in this; they all seemed to be immature and made some seriously suspect decisions.

The storyline just bored me. Maybe it was a case of wrong book wrong person, but this just didn’t entertain me at all. It was info dump after info dump, some of them not even relevant to the story line (for example an info dump
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


“What would you be willing to do to save humanity from itself?”

Questions like this are often posed on back covers of YA books. This is one instance when the question is actually discussed and posed in the novel. I love that. Maybe it's because I'm a Philosophy major, or maybe it's because I'm a human being. If you're someone who often wonders what humankind is doing to the earth, a
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Gayle Marie
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
So it's true what they say - this is so much better than the first installment. (I kept reading because, you know, it's Atlantis, but now I have a solid reason to keep up.)

I'm bad at writing lengthy reviews, so I won't. But there are three things I thought I just have to mention:

1. I already knew (because sometimes I cheat and read spoilers) that Owen (view spoiler)
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
This one was just as bad as the first.

I didn't like any of the characters in the first installment, and i disliked them even more in this one.
They were all really annoying, and i just couldn't connect to any of them.

The pacing was really really slow, and full of info dumps.
I felt relieved whenever i put the book down, and i was so so glad when i finished it!

I can only think of one good thing regarding the boredom i experienced thanks to the book - The housework looked more appealing, so i manage
Ashley Chen
Oct 28, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhh~ Love the cover! The colours are great!
Oct 28, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This cover screams pretentious suck.
Lydia Severinsen
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Much darker than the first. A cult like religion, human sacrifice, plagues, fires. A blonde girl who is set up as the third one of the Three who is very flirty (heavy kissing, takes off her top, not descriptive of her body though, he stops her) some other kissing. More of Paul's planning is revealed. spoiler Many casualties in the end from some woken up from cryo-sleep. Some cussing (ba---, h--, da--, G--) I sped read by reading only the first few sentences of paragraphs and the dialogue. Didn't ...more
Brian Grouhel
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent sequel to the first book in this series! The further adventures of Owen, Leech and Lilly is still a great page turner that keeps you reading at a furious rate. I am now on the search for the third book to finish the story!
Maren Johnson
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Garbage. Just garbage.
Talia Johnson
Jul 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Emily S.
*Huge thanks to Kevin Emerson and Katherine Tegen Books for sending me a copy of this book*

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for this book. If you remember, I LOVED the first book, The Lost Code. I was so excited about the world that Kevin Emerson envisioned. I felt like the time between books was never going to end. I had The Dark Shore on my auto-buy list, so I was absolutely going to get my hands on a copy. I NEEDED to get back into this world and find out what happened to
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Yes! An excellent and exciting sequel to a criminally overlooked YA science fiction series. It picks up right where "The Lost Code" left off - the three Atlanteans are in their airship, headed off to learn as much as they can about themselves and hide from those who would do them harm. A powerful and possibly dangerous sect has learned of the Atlantean prophecy and the possibility of restoring order to the earth, yet at what cost? We also meet a fun new character, Seven, who adds some much-neede ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-has-it
The Dark Shore is the second book of this series. The Lost Code is the first book of the series, The Atlantean. (Yes, there's a review of The Lost Code.) To put this review is simple words, I say The Dark Shore is a fantastic sequel, that is better than The Lost Code, the first book. Warning: If you decide not to read The Lost Code before The Dark Shore, you'll be in a huge surprise. The Dark Shore has no recap so you have to read The Lost Code or else you'll be the lost one.

I love the action i
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Plot- 8.5/10
Characters- 8.5/10
Writing- 8.5/10
World Building- 9/10

TOTAL- 8.5/10

Quickie Review- I ripped through this one. The Dark Shore was another great book by Kevin Emerson, and this series continues to catch me by surprise. While The Dark Shore was not quite as good as The Lost Code, I still found myself enjoying it a lot. The plot didn't really go anywhere until the characters got to Desenna, and even then, I always found myself confused at everything that was going on, and all of the diffe
Kathy Frank
Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I think I'm going to give this one 3.5 stars. It would be 4.5 maybe a full 5 stars but I had a huge problem with the situation between Seven and Owen and it kept me from enjoying a large portion of The Dark Shore.

If you've read my review of The Lost Code (right here) you know one of my favorite things was how Owen was besotted with Lilly. He'd get kind of awkward whenever she was around, having trouble thinking clearly, and I believe blushing and stammering a time or two. And I loved that! It wa
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Shore was a really great edition to the Atlanteans series! I find this series really unique in its own way. The whole idea of the skulls is really interesting to read about. And the world building is pretty awesome. From the domes, to the sun, to the cryos, the gills, and the 'prophecy' really makes the story that much better! There was a lot going on in this book, some good and some bad, but I must say that I definitely enjoyed the installment and can't wait for the next.

In the beginni
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
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For such a long, drawn out book, but the end of the novel I felt like little if nothing of real importance happened. Sure, Emerson tried to cram a bunch of last minute twists and revelations in the end, but by that point most of the revelations were hardly relevant or didn't seem to be that important. It felt like Emerson through in a bunch of unnecessary curve balls in the end for perhaps a shock and awe effect since the firs
Dorine White
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Story-

Owen, Lily and Leech have escaped Paul and Camp Eden, only to find themselves at the mercy of the Earth's horrid post-apocalyptic climate. Desperate for food and rest, they enter lands that appear to have been ravaged by a plague. Things go horribly wrong and a member of their party is injured.

Owen is forced to take them to Desenna, a co-op of people living like ancient Aztecs, human sacrifice and all. There our trio discover the second crystal skull, and the identity of the third Atla
Emily Blake
*A copy was provided by Harper for review purposes*

After a simply amazing start to this series, The Dark Shore had a lot to live up to. While it wasn’t as amazing as The Lost Code, it was pretty darn close. The idea for this whole series is extremely cool and imaginative. Atlanteans and mythological gods. Genius! The writing was very good, as was the setting and world. In the beginning of the book the story was really predictable and I could guess what was going to happen, but towards the middle
Dena (Batch of Books)
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, science-fiction
I won an ARC from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I was so excited when it arrived that I bought the first book in the series so I could read them in order. I liked the first book quite a bit (my review). The first book was a lot less violent than most science fiction books I'd read. This book picks up where the first left off. The first half is action packed, violent, and disturbing, but very engaging.

About half way through the book, there is an "event" that takes place. It bothered me quite
Sifa  Blackmon
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first novel of the Atlantean series despite poor reviews and Emerson does not disappoint in this sequel. In the first book we watched Owen Parker discovery the greatness in himself, but Dark Shore definitely takes the Aeronaut's through the fire and back again. The on-the-edge of your seat, morally questioning and emotional ride take Owen from the highest of hubris down to the broken bones of a lost identity and we watch this boy break into the smallest form of himself so th ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought I would have to reread The Lost Code before diving into The Dark Shore, since it's been over a year since I read it, but I fell right back into the story. It picks up right where we left: Leech, Lilly, and Owen are flying away from EdenWest, woefully unprepared for the world outside the dome. I liked this book even better than the first, as the action started from the first page and there was a tension that ran through the entire book. I was never sure who could be trusted, and there w ...more
Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
that freaking twist man....NEVER saw it coming!!!! which says a LOT, since i see 99+% of all twists and reveals coming from the opening chapters of a book....omg!!!!!! i was wondering (view spoiler) ...more
Mel Barnes
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc, cl, qp, personalised, home, ya
When it came time to read 'The Dark Shore', I was excited to finally see and experience life outside the Dome. Plus I'm all about road trips, okay this is an aeronautical trip, but you get my drift.

This has got to be one of the best series I've found that uses dynamic prologues filled with verse and pieces from future portions of the book. I find myself going back to re-read them as they relate so well at various points. There have definitely been books out there where I have barely taken in the
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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.

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