The Dark Planet (Atherton Series #3)
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The Dark Planet (Atherton Series #3)

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by Patrick Carman
     
 

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In the dazzling conclusion to the epic story of Atherton, Patrick Carman takes readers on the most rewarding journey of all, to the perilous realm of The Dark Planet: Earth.

When Edgar discovers a way to leave the mysterious satellite world of Atherton, he couldn't have imagined the gloom that awaited him on the dark planet, where the oceans are toxic, the

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In the dazzling conclusion to the epic story of Atherton, Patrick Carman takes readers on the most rewarding journey of all, to the perilous realm of The Dark Planet: Earth.

When Edgar discovers a way to leave the mysterious satellite world of Atherton, he couldn't have imagined the gloom that awaited him on the dark planet, where the oceans are toxic, the forests are full of mutant monsters, and children toil in darkness, controlled by ruthless maniacs. Max Harding, an orphan of the Silo, the maker of Atherton, and the last hope of a dying world, left this place behind, and now Edgar is determined to complete the mad scientist's spectacular plan, revealing Atherton's true purpose.

Edgar's quest to discover Earth's dark secret leads to an out of this world adventure in the final book of the Atherton trilogy.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Angelica Delgado
Edgar, rock climber and boy hero of utopian world Atherton, again finds himself in peril in this third book of the Atherton series. This time Edgar traverses the dangerous fissures of his home in search of answers about himself, his creator Dr. Harding, and a way to help the Dark Planet. Things are very bad indeed on Dr Harding's birthplace, where terrifying beasts hold dominion over the forest and a few humans struggle for survival in a fortress called the Silo. The Silo doubles as a Dickensian orphanage and sweatshop for tween waifs who toil and manufacture an odd, powdery food source. When Edgar sends a cryptic message to his friends Isabelle and Samuel, they embark on a journey of their own to the center of Atherton. This series installment does an adequate job of combining the incongruous elements of science fiction action-adventure with budding romance and grueling child labor. The author thankfully reigns in his predilection for explaining his players' every thought, emotion, and motivation, which ruined prequel Rivers of Fire (Little, Brown, 2008/ VOYA October 2008). Sadly the intriguing minor characters take a backseat to an abundance of flat and uninteresting major characters, including the protagonist. Despite the novel's cool creatures and action sequences, readers just might not care what happens at the end. Those who make it that far will be even more disappointed at the lackluster and somewhat silly finale. This purchase is not essential unless Atherton fans are chomping at the bit to discover the fates of Edgar and the gang. Reviewer: Angelica Delgado
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—In the final installment (Little, Brown, 2009) of Patrick Carman's series, Edgar discovers a way to leave Atherton and journey to the dangerous and inhospitable Dark Planet to complete a mission left for him by his creator, Dr. Harding. Once there, Edgar meets the children of the Silo who are tormented by their captors and are sustained by stories of the legendary Maximus Harding and the dream of Atherton. Meanwhile, Samuel and Isabel have once again ventured inside Atherton trying to decode a tablet left by Dr. Harding to complete the final transformation. Jonathan Davis's well-paced and skilled narration takes listeners through the simultaneous adventures of Edgar on the Dark Planet and Samuel and Isabel inside Atherton. While there is a summary of the major events and characters before the story begins, listeners will want to read/listen to the first two books in the series to fully enjoy this satisfying conclusion.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316166751
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
06/09/2010
Series:
Atherton Series, #3
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
229,665
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Patrick Carman's previous books in the Land of Elyon series (The Dark Hills Divide, Beyond the Valley of Thorns, and The Tenth City) have all been New York Times bestsellers. He is also the Creative Director of pcstudio, a packager and pioneer of the multimedia "vBook" (video+book), a format launched in 2009 with Skeleton Creek. He recently authored the fifth title in Rick Riordan's 39 Clues series, The Black Circle.

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Dark Planet (Atherton Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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Its the best book ever. I ordered this from england.
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Awesome
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It was the perfect ending to the awesome series to the whole entire Atherton story line!
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David Heeley More than 1 year ago
The book wasnt boring it was very exiciting and i would reccomend to anyone who likes fantasy novels
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Katie Rice More than 1 year ago
I read all of the books in the Atherton series, but this one was my favorite out of the three. It had plenty of action, ideas that sent my imagination run wild, and a wonderful ending. This is a great book and I highly recomend it.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Life in Atherton has changed and its people have started over. Edgar's encounter with his maker, Dr. Harding, has left questions that can only be answered by leaving the only home he has ever known. Edgar's journey takes him to the Dark Planet; a sick and dying world filled with deadly creatures and air that fills the lungs with sickness. Edgar has come in search of information about his beginnings, but what he finds is so much more. He's a part of Dr. Harding's plan to save the Dark Planet and its inhabitants. If only Edgar can survive the harshness of the Dark Planet and its people long enough to fulfill his destiny. I loved Carman's LAND OF ELYON series and have enjoyed the ATHERTON series just as much, and maybe more. The characters and worlds of ATHERTON are thrilling and full of imagination and wonder. Carman has a magnificent way of unfolding a world and characters on the page that takes my breath away. Once I start reading, I can't stop until I reach the end. Even then I wish it could go on. I enjoyed being immersed in the world and lives of the characters in ATHERTON, and THE DARK PLANET reached a satisfying end full of new beginnings.
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Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"The Dark Planet," by best-selling author Patrick Carman is the breathtaking conclusion to the wonderfully unique "Atherton" trilogy. This book will surely keep any reader, young or old, excitedly turning the pages to find out what in the world will happen next! As each thread is finally pulled together in this irresistible adventure, the reader will find themselves truly caught up in the story and unable to stop thinking about it! With an extremely satisfying ending which will surely have the reader sighing in content, "The Dark Planet" is the perfect ending to a trilogy which is amazing and unlike any other!
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Max_Moseley More than 1 year ago
I have been a great fan of Patrick Carman ever since I picked up The Dark Hills Divide so long ago. I have since read every book he's written, and I must say he never fails to excite. His ability to create new worlds and make them real is phenomenal, as is his ability to keep the reader engrossed throughout the course of the novel. The Dark Planet was no exception. Earth as a post-apocalyptic world was chilling. I read late into the night trying to finish just one more chapter to see what would happen next. I am eagerly awaiting Patrick's next book, whatever it may be. He's an author to watch!