Author: Kevin Emerson
Publisher: Katherine Tegan/HarperCollins, 2014.
Pages: 368 p.
Owen and Lilly, the two surving Atlanteans, continue their quest to save the Heart of the Terra and thwart the evil Eden corporation's secret Project Elysium in this final thrilling installment to the Atlanteans series. Owen is overjoyed to be reunited with Lilly, the true Medium to the terra, as they search for the Paintbrush of the Gods, but his joy is shortlived. He is still reeling from his discovery of his true past and the awful horrors unleashed in Desenna when he must face the hardest test yet—saving the planet or saving his love.
Readers unfamililar with the first two books in the series (The Lost Code and The Dark Shore) will want to catch up before attempting the The Far Dawn and will be rewarded for doing so. Emerson has written an exciting thought-provoking conclusion to his mythical adventure trilogy. This book is more mystical and spiritual than the others and ties the series up nicely. Book groups and classes would benefit from the numerous topics for discussion: ecology, polution, government, religion, ethics. Teens who do not read that deeply will still enjoy the adventure and the basic story of a boy who discovers he is more than what he seems. Fans of dystopian literature will not be disappointed.
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