The Dark Planet (Atherton Series #3)

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… See more details below

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316053310
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Atherton Series , #3
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
534,150
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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