Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 22, 2012)
WHAT IS OLDEST WILL BE NEW, WHAT IS LOST SHALL BE FOUND.
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.
Since I am always on the hunt for a different Paranormal world to immerse myself in. The concept presented seemed fresh and original so I eagerly picked up THE LOST CODE and began my decent into the depths of this newest YA novel from Kevin Emerson.
THE LOST CODE begins with this story's main character and his death and subsequent re-birth. Owen Parker was nothing special prior to his death but upon his return he gains an ability that he cannot comprehend and it does not bode well for someone that wishes to remain invisible. Staying under the radar is how Owen has always survived at camp and now it is all changing especially when he realizes that he is a part of something that is bigger than he could have ever imagined.
This novel had a slow start that did not escalate until I was more than half way finished with it and by that time it was a bit too late. It makes me sad because I wanted to enjoy this story more than what I did because it had such an amazing premise. Yet a lack of an accelerated pace was only one of my issues. Owen's voice seemed flat and uninteresting, because I feel that too much time was placed in setting up the stage but not enough on his character's development. In that same respect I could not seem to relate or care for any of the characters within this novel and they also seemed a bit juvenile for my taste.
What I did enjoy about THE LOST CODE was it's unique premise combining a dystopian environment with the lost continent of Atlantis. I could appreciate the creativity of it's conception and believe that although It is not the book for me it can be a novel that tween boys may enjoy.