The House of Power (Atherton Series #1)

The House of Power (Atherton Series #1)

by Patrick Carman
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Overview

The House of Power (Atherton Series #1) by Patrick Carman

From the creator of the Land of Elyon comes a riveting adventure set in an extraordinary satellite world?created as a refuge from a dying Earth?that begins to collapse and forever change the lives of its inhabitants. Edgar, a gifted climber, is a lonely boy scaling the perilous cliffs that separate the three realms of Atherton: a humble fig grove; a mysterious highland world of untold beauty and sinister secrets; and a vast wasteland where he must confront an unspeakable danger that could destroy the people of Atherton. When Edgar discovers a book which contains the history of Atherton's origins and ultimate apocalypse, his world?quite literally?begins to turn inside out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316004886
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Series: Atherton Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 155,565
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Patrick Carman's first book, The Dark Hills Divide (Land of Elyon series) spent over 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Patrick worked in advertising for a decade and has also created board games and launched several businesses.


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House of Power (Atherton Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Atherton is a suspenseful book, which makes it a page turner. I highly recommended this book. Trust me. You will love it!!
Colinator12345 More than 1 year ago
Amazing book with suspense around every turn!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these kinds of books! I will admit, it did look strange at first, however, once picked up, it will never be put back down!
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"Atherton: The House of Power," by sensational author Patrick Carman, author of the "Land of Elyon" and "Skeleton Creek" series, is the first novel in the "Atherton" trilogy, which is truly unlike any other! Packed full of mystery and suspense that just keeps building up with each chapter, this book is full of unique characters and introduces a whole new world to readers! As an interactive activity, readers can log onto Atherton websites(unlockdrhardingsbrain.com and athertonseries.com) to enter in codes from the book, look at drawings, audio files, video segments, and discover exclusive information. Because this book was literally impossible to put down, I read it in just one sitting! It also constantly has the reader thinking about it! With a cliff-hanger ending that makes the reader excited to begin book two, "Ahterton: Rivers of Fire," "Atherton: The House of Power" is an amazing read that no one should miss out on! So, what are you waiting for? Do yourself a big favor and dive into this breathtaking and unique trilogy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The muraculous world of atherton is a winderfu place with edgar ad hid friends trying to find out the secrets of Atherton. Its a great book.
Mary Jacobs More than 1 year ago
I love this biok it keeps me up late at night just wondering wat will happen next :)#1
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Edgar knows that he should be working rather than climbing and swinging in the trees, but he just can't seem to help himself -- even if it does earn him a beating from Mr. Ratikan's stick. It would hardly be the first time and it isn't likely to be the last. He also knows he shouldn't be climbing the cliffs, but he has to.

Edgar's world is shaped sort of like a three-leveled top. The top level, the Highlands, are populated by the well-to-do people. They control the water for all of the other levels. If you fell off of the Highlands, and didn't die, you would land on the middle level, Tabletop, which is the level Edgar lives on. They are the workers who harvest food and raise animals. They receive water based on how well they feed the people above. If you fell off of Tabletop and weren't killed by the fall to the Flatlands, you would either be eaten by the monsters that live there, or die of starvation. If you could survive long enough to fall off of the Flatlands, you would fall off of the earth.

Edgar's father fell off of the middle level when Edgar was just a small boy. Edgar has one memory of him, though. The older he gets, the weaker the memory becomes, but he knows that it has to do with a book that he is supposed to find. It's hidden in the cliffs between the top and middle levels. So Edgar climbs, and searches, whenever he can.

In one day Edgar finds the book, climbs all the way to the Highlands (forbidden), and makes a friend (hopefully) there. The biggest discovery Edgar makes that day could be he most dangerous of all. The Highlands are sinking. If the cliffs keep shuddering, eventually the Highlands and Tabletop could be level with each other! That thought alone sends Edgar off on the adventure of a lifetime.

Edgar is off. He is on a search for answers, for the right questions, for his destiny. It's going to get far worse before it gets better.

This book is a fantastic mix of mad scientist, alternate worlds, and realistic people. Patrick Carman hasn't missed a trick in this one; believable characters, a fully imagined and realized world, and an absorbing plot. I had a hard time putting this book down. I can't wait to see what happens next! Though while you're waiting you should check out the very cool, interactive website www.athertonseries.com.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how it leaves you waiting to know what happened:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great page turner for all ages. The characters are life-like and the descriptions of the setting are so realistic that I feel like I could just reach out and touch one of the fig trees in the grove.
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Love this author
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This is AWSOME book
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Galactecnoodles More than 1 year ago
Patrick Carman had really proved himself with this book! Everything from the people to the scenery is described in a way that makes it real. I have read this about 20 times and I can only garentee that if you liked this one, the next ones will only get better!
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