ARC Review: The Dark Shore by Kevin Emerson

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The Dark Shore by Kevin Emerson

Age Range: 14 and up

Series: Atlanteans #2
 
Paperback: 496 pages
 
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (August 26, 2014)

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Source: Won

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

The Dark Shore, the second novel in Kevin Emerson’s Atlanteans
series, continues the story of Owen Parker, one of the powerful
descendants of the highly advanced Atlantean race.

Owen, Lilly
and Leech have escaped Camp Eden, but the next step on their journey to
find Atlantis and protect it from Paul and Project Elysium involves
crossing the perilous wastelands of a wrecked planet. And unlike in
EdenWest, where bloody truths were kept hidden beneath the surface, out
here, the horrors live bright beneath the poisonous sun.

With
treachery at every turn, Owen has no choice but to bring his wounded
clan to the dark shores of Desenna, the city built from the ashes of
EdenSouth, where the followers of Heliad-7 dwell. Desenna’s blood-soaked
walls may hold the key to Owen’s journey in the form of the third
Atlantean, as well as a deeper understanding of the true purpose of the
Three, but there are also secrets lurking in the shadows, waiting to be
unleashed, and once they rise, there may be no escape.

The Dark Shore
combines sizzling romance, action, adventure, and powerful scenes of
physical and emotional sacrifice in a way that is sure to satisfy lovers
of dystopian fiction in the vein of The Maze Runner trilogy.

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About the Author:

Kevin is the author of the OLIVER NOCTURNE series and CARLOS IS GONNA
GET IT. His newest novel for teens is THE LOST CODE, from Katherine
Tegen Books. His next middle grade novel, THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN
DETECTION, comes out in January 2013 with Walden Pond Press.

Kevin
is also a musician. His current project is the brainiac kids’ music
band THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, where he writes imaginative, poppy songs
about elementary school and life (and Star Wars) in the spirit of
Schoolhouse Rock.

A former science teacher, Kevin continues to
work with teens at 826 Seattle, Richard Hugo House, and with the Writers
in the Schools program of Seattle Arts and Lectures.

Kevin grew
up in Cheshire, CT, where he wrote stories all the time, played in the
marching and jazz bands, and ran track. One time, he won a spelling bee,
prevailing over his ex-girlfriend in the final round. The word that
launched him to victory was ‘vague.’ Another time, as a contestant in
the Mr. Cheshire pageant (a benefit: not a real pageant), Kevin chose to
wear an actual suit of armor as his ‘formal wear.’ He also dressed up
as Ethel Merman for the musical number. He didn’t win.

Kevin went
to Colby College in Waterville, ME. As a sophomore, he was excited to
begin the creative writing program, but instead was given his alternate
class: Painting. He ended up loving painting and kept writing stories on
his own. He also played in the jazz ensemble, and sang in the Chorale,
and ended up majoring in Biology. He spent a semester in Kenya studying
wildlife conservation.

Kevin moved to Boston after college, where
he briefly worked as a bank teller, and then as a camp counselor, before
getting a job as an elementary school science teacher. He found that he
loved teaching, and was good at making messes with kids. Teaching got
him excited about books for young readers, and so he set out to write
his own. He had two near-misses, and his third manuscript, CARLOS IS
GONNA GET IT, landed him his first book deal.

Kevin now lives in
Seattle with his wife and two children. He prefers omelettes to
scrambles, and in the great debate between the taco truck and the crepe
truck, Kevin is team taco truck, always.

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My Thoughts:

I won an ARC from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I was so excited
when it arrived that I bought the first book in the series so I could
read them in order. I liked the first book quite a bit (my review). The
first book was a lot less violent than most science fiction books I’d
read. This book picks up where the first left off. The first half is
action packed, violent, and disturbing, but very engaging.

About half way through the book, there is an “event” that takes place.
It bothered me quite a bit (I take things WAY too literally in books)
and I put the book down. I didn’t pick it back up for months. I had
planned on doing a release day review (back in August), but I couldn’t bring myself to
pick the book up again.

I can’t really say why I decided to continue with this book after that
shocker in the middle, but I did eventually come back to it. The second
half of the book is not violent, shocking, or horrific (until the final
pages, of course). We got back to more of Owen and his story, of him
trying to figure things out and his relationships with other people. I
really liked the second half of the book. Kevin Emerson is a fantastic
writer that can suck you in and keep you in the crazy world he
concocted. I am planning on reading book 3 when it comes out.

Content: violence, disturbing scenes, heated kissing only partially dressed

4 STARS

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4 Comments

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    Tressa S
    March 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Hmmm. Now I am really curious about what happened to throw you in the middle. Was it a content thing or just a twist thing?

    • Reply
      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      March 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      It was a human sacrifice—Mayan style. I couldn't stomach it. It still makes me queasy and it's been SO long since I read that part!

    • Reply
      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      March 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      The first half of the book had been so violent and gory that by the time I got to the sacrifice, it was just too much.

    • Reply
      Tressa S
      March 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Ugh. I don't like that stuff either. Maybe I'll read the first and third book and just skim the second until after half-way through. Thanks, Dena!

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