Book I in the The Atlanteans series
Genre; YA, Dystopian, Paranormal/fantasy
Published May 22nd 2012 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
copy received from publisher
format: Hardcover, eBook
WHAT IS OLDEST WILL BE NEW, WHAT IS LOST SHALL BE FOUND.The ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have risen, and the sun is a daily enemy. But global climate change is not something new in the Earth’s history.No one will know this better than less-than-ordinary Owen Parker, who is about to discover that he is the descendant of a highly advanced ancient race—a race that took their technology too far and almost destroyed the Earth in the process.Now it is Owen’s turn to make right in his world what went wrong thousands of years ago. If Owen can unlock the lost code in his very genes, he may rediscover the forgotten knowledge of his ancestry…and that less-than-ordinary can evolve into extraordinary.
There was always something mysterious and magic about the saga of Atlantis. When reading the synopsis for the Lost Code I instantly knew I had to read this one! I love a good mix of Genre and here we can find Dystopian and Fantasy mixed with Paranormal. So I was eager to dig into this world…
Dystopian meets Atlantis
The world Owen lives in, is long in the future. The Ozon layer is utterly damaged and the world is otherwise completely damaged. People have to live under the earth or if they are lucky enough, they canlive in one of the dooms where you can live relatively normal apat from the fact that all is fake.. Owen is going on a sumer camp in of of these dooms since he normally lives poorly with his father. There, he discovers something utterly stunning and he suddenly changes and has abilities that leave him not only speechless but totally confused.
The setting of the dystopian world was easy to grasp, but anyways the main focus was always on the mystery behind Owens changes and of course the promise of the involvement of Atlantis. Slowly in the beginning, we are waiting patiently (or not) for this involvement to be revealed. When it is, its full of magic truly unique and captivating.
Owen – shy and silent.. lacking the hero material
The main problem this story has are the characters. No matter how desperate I wanted to love this story I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters in this story. Owen, starts as a shy reticent boy who seems uncomfortable among the other kids. He does change however along with the story and he slowly grows and feels more comfortable in his own skin. The Problem was? The damage was already done when we finally meet a stronger Owen. When Owen finally discovers his own potential and becomes the hero the story needs, there was no way to win my love back at this point…
Moreover, the secondary characters weren’t that flashy either and non of them captured my interest. The characters felt very flat and there is nothing that annoys me more, and saddens me more. When there is no character you can connect to, the magic of the story just cannot evolve. There was a hind of romance, but sadly also there I didn’t feel the spark and I never got why the girl fell in love with Owen in the first place….
I was hoping for more in The Lost Code and was eventually disappointed as I couldn’t connect with the characters at all. The Atlantis story line is absolutely great and I wished I would have loved this book more. If I would have just to rate the storyline and the idea? It would be most definitely much higher. However, the final execution together with the lack of spark disappointed me in the end…
Although it wasn’t for me. There are of course people who loved this book. Check some 5* Reviews: Books with Bite, who said: “The Lost Code is a rich, fantasy adventure that anyone can read.” And 4* from Wendy – A Cupcake and a Latte who said: “The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson was a complete and total breath of fresh air.”
So, what do you think? Love the Atlantis mythos? Intrigued by The Lost Code?