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The Dark Planet (Atherton #3)

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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
Library Binding, 350 pages
Published June 9th 2010 by Turtleback Books (first published April 1st 2009)
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Carl Koch
Apr 21, 2015 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
May 28, 2010 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
Apr 24, 2011 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.
Charlie Lewis
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I liked The Dark Planet because it was book about a adventure and saving the world. I also liked how it had many fantasy creatures in it. Lastly, I enjoyed the way it was from the view of many people and how they all had very different personalities.

At the beginning of the book Edgar was climbing the edge of Atherton. Dr. Kincaid talked to Edgar Samuel and Isabel about how Edgar should go down to find the docking station. Dr. Kincaid had Edgar climb down to the docking sta
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
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
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Noah Herring
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Planet
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I enjoyed the adventure and the constant peril throughout the book. Through the book we are shown how all of the characters have matured and have become more like teens instead of kids. Also this book was a great view of what a world could be like if it were mistreated. The author did a great job of keeping the story very exciting.

The Dark Planet, the home of everyone who lives in Atherton, was once clean and bright. However, the planet was corrupted by the cr
Narek Aloyan
May 19, 2013 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
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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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“She had long been a cold and calculating person, and yet she had never given in to the darkness entirely. She would remember her mother's touch or the voice of a lost friend, and the tiniest bit of hope would return.” 1 likes
“Decisions by committee are almost always long in coming and dead wrong. A world-changing vision comes from one person, not five or or twenty or a hundred, and more often than not, the best of plans are laid to waste by the many.” 0 likes
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