Thursday, May 17

The Lost Code: Book Review

The Lost Code

HarperCollins Children's Books
May 22nd 2012
Young Adult| Science Fiction| Post-Apocalypse

Official Blurb -


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.

This book ended up in my pile through a last minute substitution. The cover looked somewhat interesting so I gave it a shot.
Mermaids, fish people, and Altlantis have always been a hard sell for me. It turns out this book was no exception. I never felt a solid connection with any of the characters in the book. They all feel lack luster. Even the romantic element in this book was weak. The villain is a wack job and has some strange motives. He runs a sick and disturbed lab that should earn him a spot in the deepest reaches of torment in the life after this one. This book is part Indiana Jones, mermaid, and post-apocalypse. It just wasn't a mix that worked for me.
The best part of the entire book was how Owen refers to the workings of his mind. He likes to think there are little technicians running around in his head. His visions of what the technicians do and how they respond to situations was somewhat funny. But even these diversions couldn't keep my interest.
I wish I would have pulled the plug and not finished this book. It is a very long book and a huge investment of time. Basically it wasn't my cup of tea but it might be yours if your interest runs toward Atlantis.

Violence: Moderate