Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson


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.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : A myth surrounded by mist, a legend waved through stories after stories, generations after generations, but no one know the truth. I grew up listening to several bed time stories on Legend of Atlantis but I never thought I will find a YA fiction based on that, I couldn’t help but being was extremely curious and took an immediate interest in the book.

Author Kevin Emerson introduces us to a post global warming era where the ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have raised, and the Sun can burn you down. The human kind is living inside a sealed and secured dome that artificially controlled. The story follows Owen Parker, a shy and very average boy living inside such a dome called Eden. After a drowning accident in swimming coaching, he finds himself discovering about his heritage and others like him, who are different from ordinary human beings. Descendent from a highly advanced ancient race call The Atlanteans, Owen can restore the lost knowledge and save the remaining human kind.


Mythology is a very common in Young Adult novels, but featuring lost city of Atlantis is utterly unique and immensely interesting. I was fascinated by author’s description of Atlantis; the lost city resides below sea level, it was so vivid and life like. The Lost Code was an intelligent blending of mythology and fantasy into dystopia.
Atlantis has always been shrouded by mystery and the truth of its existence is long buried, I must say it was a brave and brilliant attempted by the author to dig up through the traditional knowledge and give it his own twist with a taste of dystopia.

An Ordinary Boy

The story was narrated by Owen, a less-than-ordinary boy who doesn’t fit with adjectives such as dashing or brave. But there is something special about him that makes him extraordinary who can change fate of our world. .
The world we know has long gone, devastated and ravaged by heat and epic change in global climate. People have taken shelter inside a seemingly perfect dome that is not so perfect. Climate change is not that big issue anymore, so what went wrong is past? Descendent of an ancient legendary race, only Owen can unlock the forgotten knowledge in his very gene and restore the balance what went wrong thousand years ago, how his ancestor nearly destroyed the world while advancing their technology beyond limit. Discovering his heritage, he welcomed the changes within him.

The romance thing didn’t play a major part, although I enjoyed both Lily and Owen. They were polar opposite, where Lily was gorgeous and smart, brave and bold, Owen was shy, reserved and down to earth. It’s not a romance novel but their magnetic attraction added some spicy flavor in this book.

The Lost Code is a whole package of surprises with action, myth and little romance. Stated with slow pace, the book gradually picks up speed and went fast by the end. The Lost Code is definitely worth buying and I will not miss the next books

An ARC was provided to me in exchange for honest review

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  1. This sounds really good! I've been a bit obsessed with climate change ever since I had to learn loads of facts about it for my French oral ... NEED to read this!! Great review :)


  2. Great review! Looks like a very intriguing book.