Title: The Lost Code
Series: The Atlanteans #1
Author: Kevin Emerson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC Tour
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
I struggled with deciding on a rating for this one. I couldn’t decide between 2 and 3. I thought it was “okay.” It wasn’t bad– it just wasn’t great. I was very much meh the entire time I was reading it- and it felt like a chore to finish it.
Not a great recommendation, right?
I was so disappointed! I was hoping for an epic adventure like Percy Jackson or any of Rick Riordan’s books, honestly. Instead, I got nearly 500 pages of nothing. And it was so promising- a dystopian society in the future mixed in with ancient Atlantis? How could that possibly go wrong? But it did. There was no world-building, I never developed a vested connection with any of the characters, and too much was simply left unexplained.
The story does have some great potential, it just didn’t live up to it. It was very slow- very little action, very little exposition. The second book is likely to be better (this one would have been better if it were 100 pages shorter, I think).
Honestly, if I were you I would pass this one up for something else.