The Lost Code: The Atlanteans, Book 1
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lost Code is a post-apocalyptic novel that takes a while to pick up steam; it's oddly concerned with summer rituals rather than narrative momentum. There's action-adventure violence in the second half (fist fights, a stabbing in self-defense, a shooting seen from a great distance, a villain killed with an arrow) and a somewhat graphic and unnerving scene in which the protagonist visits a medical facility where fellow teens are being dissected alive. Infrequent strong language includes "bastard,""piss," "hell," "balls," and "screw you."
What's the story?
THE LOST CODE: THE ATLANTEANS, BOOK 1 begins with main character Owen Parker nearly drowning in the lake at Camp Eden, the artifical habitat that protects the camp's inhabitants from the ecological disasters that rage outside. Rescued by counselor-in-training Lilly Ishani, Owen soon discovers that he's undergoing a physical metamorphosis that will put him in touch with a legacy from thousands of years ago.
Is it any good?
The Lost Code starts with a gripping moment of jeopardy, but the plot then stalls for nearly half the book, spending too much time with summer camp shenanigans. Eventually the narrative hits its stride, but even then, some readers will feel they're a step or two ahead of the characters.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how global climate change might affect future living conditions in the United States. How does the media typically depict stories involving climate change?
How do people react when they discover that those in authority aren't telling them the truth?
Why do you think concepts like the lost land of Atlantis and a "Golden Age" remain so popular across centuries of literature?