Book review: The Lost Code, a YA Dystopian

At the end of May, I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of a just-released YA Dystopian: The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson from The Write Path, a blog written by Dorine White. She hosts regular giveaways and writes interesting posts about editors and agents she’s met or heard speak, so check her blog out.

The Lost Code is a YA dystopian (YA = Young Adult/teens, and dystopian = the future sucks). There are a lot of dystopian novels out there right now – The Hunger Games has sort of increased their popularity – and a lot of them sound a bit alike but The Lost Code doesn’t sound like any dystopian I’ve read before.

First in a new series, The Lost Code is about a boy – Owen – living in a future where the environment has gone so to hell that some people are now living in protected environment domes.

What is oldest will be new, what was 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.”

Kevin Emerson’s thrilling novel is Book One of the Atlanteans series–perilous adventures in a grimly plausible dystopian future, fueled by high-stakes action, budding romance, and a provoc-ative question: What would you do if you had the power to save humanity from its own self-destruction?

I gotta say, the story pulled me in and held me until I finished it. The writing isn’t in my favorite  style and yet it totally worked for the character and for the story, being fast-paced and somewhat spare.

Owen was an interesting character – I liked his voice and his viewpoint but one thing that was a little bit off-putting was his occasional tendency to talk about “technicians” in his body who are working to figure out what’s wrong or fix him or whatever. I’m interested to see in the next book if this is just a character quirk or if it’s related to the bigger mysteries surrounding his genetic inheritance.

Lilly, the main female lead, was interesting enough. She is definitely more than just filling in as Owen’s love interest.  Oddly enough, I liked the villain much more in the first part of the book. His subtlety was scarier than when he let it all hang out, so to speak. I liked Dr. Maria; she was a minor character and yet was interestingly complex. I actually wish she could’ve gotten more play time.

It’s not easy to come up with unique concepts, technology, and environments when writing a dystopian, but Kevin Emerson’s done it in The Lost Code. I found myself thinking, oooh I like that, for one aspect, or, where did he come up with that, for another.

I’m totally going to read the next installment when it comes out.

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About thewritingblues

I'm a writer working on a YA dystopian novel and blogging on my progress - or lack thereof - and other cool writing stuff.
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