The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
- Pub. Date: May 22, 2012
- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Pages: 448
- Series: The Atlanteans #1
Review: I was really excited about this book when I heard of it, I don't think I've ever read a book that involved the Atlanteans but it didn't quite turn out to be as I expected. The first half of the book was very slow for me. It set up the world in which they live in, about the camp Owen was at, bullying amongst the boys and his crush on Lily.
I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I found Owen to be a bore and just flat. Then there was his crush on Lily which took up a lot of his time and I lost interest especially since Lily wasn't someone who was anything spectacular either for me to be curious about. Then when they finally did connect the romance between the two was not believable.
I did love the originality, Atlantis plus Dystopian that was very creative but it wasn't until about the last hundred pages that things really picked up and I started enjoying what I was reading. In the last few chapters I did see a little transformation in Owens character where he went from being someone with no real confidence to someone who was not afraid to step up to the plate and take control of things.
I like the direction in which I see Emerson taking the plot I have a feeling in the second book we will see more action and hopefully more character development. Also aside from the little violence this could almost have been a middle grade read.