The Lost Code (Atlanteans)


In the year 2086, Camp Eden promises summer “the way things used to be,” back before the oceans rose and modern civilization sank into chaos. Located inside the EdenWest BioDome, the camp is an oasis of pine trees, cool water, and rustic charm.

But all at Camp Eden is not what it seems.

No one will know this better than fifteen-year-old Owen Parker. A strange underwater vision, even stranger wounds on Owen’s neck, and a cryptic warning from the enchanting lifeguard Lilly hint at a mystery that will take Owen deep beneath Lake Eden and even deeper into the past. What he discovers could give him the chance to save the tattered planet. But first, Owen will have to escape Camp Eden alive…

The Phoenix’s Perspective

Right now, there are so many stories in young adult fiction that center around the dystopian and post-apocalyptic themes – for example, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, etc. Although I have enjoyed them all, I feel like they followed the same plan —- the world has fallen apart, someone bad is keeping a secret from us, a strong-willed teenager takes the lead to find out the secret and help lead everyone to freedom, and finally somewhere in all this madness the main character finds love.

I felt like The Lost Code was a little different. The book didn’t automatically roll into the sci-fi story. Instead, we looked at summer camp and all of it’s awkwardness through the eyes of a boy.  That’s right a boy!  It was so nice to have a boy be the protagonist for once.  Owen is awkward and sarcastic, can’t really swim, and seems scrawny and skinny.  He finds himself at the bottom of the “social ladder” but doesn’t seem to care.  It was really great to see a main character that wasn’t your typical bad-boy who needs to find his way back to being better.

About halfway through the book, the turning event occurs. From that point on, all I could do was read and read until I was done. Most dystopian novels focus on some form of mythology or technology that helps get the main character through it all. The Lost Code does both and I think that is what made it so easy to get pulled in.  The mythology explained so much and then, just when you thought you couldn’t take anymore, boom! here comes the modern technology to show you how to make things work.

Overall, I think Emerson did a great job of connecting the past with the future. It was a really good read and I can’t wait to move on to the next one.

Would I add it to the library?

I am excited to continue the trilogy – The Dark Shore is next.


Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, dystopian, future
ISBN: 9780062062802
Rating:  good

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