by Kevin Emmerson
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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What is oldest will be new, what was 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."
Kevin Emerson's thrilling novel is Book One of the Atlanteans series--perilous adventures in a grimly plausible dystopian future, fueled by high-stakes action, budding romance, and a provoc-ative question: What would you do if you had the power to save humanity from its own self-destruction?
My Thoughts: 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 pretty much tries to keep to himself and stay inconspicuous. Owen finds himself at the lake for swimming testing. Normally, he wouldn't participate in this strenuous test, but he finds himself quite taken with the instructor, Lilly, who is one of the other girls at the camp. Despite his better judgement he jumps in and does pretty well for a while. The next thing he knows he has cramp, he's sinking to the bottom, and no one notices that he isn't there. As he slowly begins to lose consciousness, he hears a strange voice begin to speak to him telling him that what is oldest will be new and what was lost shall be found. That is the last thing Owen remembers before he drowns.
The next thing he knows he wakes up to Lilly giving him CPR. When Lilly whispers to him not to tell them (meaning the camp leaders) how long he was under the water, he was shocked to find that he had been under more than 10 minutes. From this point on the world as Owen Parker knows it is forever changed. Destined to unlock the code that will help save the world, Owen finds himself no longer a follower, but an emerging leader, under the close observation of the leaders of the camp, and in the beginning of a budding relationship with Lilly. He discovers new friends that have undergone the same changes that he has experienced, and he finds that there are those who would do anything to stop him. Owen must decide whether to give in or stand up for what he knows is right. The future of humanity just might depend on it.
This dystopian story also incorporates some mythology, centered around the lost city of Atlantis, which was interesting and fresh. I liked the main character Owen. I am not sure how old he was, but he seemed to be one of the older campers. Lilly, who I really liked, was a little older that Owen and had a great personality. There are several other characters in the book who also play important roles, one being Leech, who was quite the bully. The story line was interesting, though a little slow-paced in the beginning, but by the end of the book there was quite a bit of action, and the Atlantis mythology comes more into play. The love interest was sweet also. The Lost Code is a book that I think would appeal mainly to the middle grade age group and some older teens, and I would definitely recommend it to that age group. It reminds me somewhat of Percy Jackson, though not as fast paced. With that in mind, if you enjoy dystopian stories and mythology, then The Lost Code is something you or your children might enjoy.