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May 19, 2012

Review: The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson - Farah

Title: The Lost Code
Author: Kevin Emerson
Publication date: May 22nd, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy/Sci-Fi)
Challenges: A-Z, Debut author
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 435

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.
The Lost Code was another anticipated book of 2012 for me. The cover is really cool, though I don't like it when they show the character's faces because I want my imagination to decide how they look. The synopsis was a bit weird, but it did sound very interesting. I expected this book to be full of fun, adrenaline, and excitement. I'm sorry to say that it wasn't as great as I expected it to be, but it was good overall.
The main protagonist is a boy, which wasn't clear for me until a while. Owen's world is destroyed from the ozone layer, and the ocean levels have risen, and their main enemy is the bright sun. I'm not sure where they "live" if they can't be out in the open, but i'm guessing it's someplace protected or underground even. Owen goes to a camp, which wasn't clarified if it was just a summer camp for kids or what type of camp exactly. In this camp, the children/teenagers are put in groups. I don't want to write any spoilers here, but one day, Owen discovers something magical that he has. The thing is, I never expected that to happen. I didn't understand the conflict between the good and bad characters either. I was confused at so many parts, and I really felt like many things weren't very clear. I had no problems at all with the writing, but I enjoyed the first half of the story much more than the last half.
Even though I might not have enjoyed it as much as I wanted to; I do know that many people did. The idea is very weird, but in a good way. I'm not sure if I might pick up the second book, but if I had extra time on my hands, I will give it another chance, just to find out what happens next!
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  1. Thanks for this informative review! I've definitely been rethinking this one...I still want to read it, but it's not as urgent. It's nice to prioritize because there are so many books to read!!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one who wasn't enamored by this book. It seems to be a very hit or miss kind of story. Great review, doll!

  3. I'm sorry you didn't like this one. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but hope to really soon. There are a lot of books that you either like or don't. This sounds like one of them. Maybe because the story is so different.