Its giveaway time- and I have a great YA fantasy to offer up to my awesome readers. The Lost Code by author Kevin Emerson, is book one in the new Atlanteans saga and is published by Katherine Tegen Books. The author is donating one signed copy to a lucky winner. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below, if you don’t see it click ‘read more’.
The story- Welcome to the future of Earth, where the ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have risen, and solar radiation can kill you. Owen receives the special honor of attending Camp Eden, a summer camp under a protective dome that offers all the benefits of previous Earth life.
Owen is enchanted by real trees, animals and a beautiful lake. However, on his first trip into the water, he drowns. Yep, right to the bottom. Owen is saved by his DNA, which unlocks an old gene for gills, and sends Owen into a battle for the future. He finds other ‘extraordinary’ teens, and with their help begins unraveling the lost code of the Atlanteans, a code that can change the future and return Earth to its prime. Sounds great, but not everybody thinks so. The bad guys are out there, waiting to claim the power for themselves, and send anybody in their way to death.
My Thoughts- Oh Yeah! I love end of the world stories, and this one is so different from what’s out there now that it will find a place on your shelf. Emerson does a great job creating a devastating believable future. The spin is the lost code, secret DNA that emerges in a few individuals granting them special powers and hope. The whole book you are trying to figure out the mystery, and the author does a great job of leaving clues, but not so many that the plot is given away.
Plus, there is intense action and drama. There is one scene in a laboratory that had me grossed out and left me in horror. I enjoyed trying to unravel the mystery, and you never seem to know who the good guys and bad guys are, until the end anyway.
The characters are well written and enjoyable. Owen and Lilly have a cute romance going on, and I have great hope it will continue into the rest of the series. This book is a great mix of science fiction and fantasy and will keep readers reading until the end. It hits shelves May 22, 2012.