YA Review of The Far Dawn by Kevin Emerson


The Far Dawn by Kevin Emerson

Age Range: 12 and up

Series: Atlanteans #3

Genre: Science fiction

Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Original edition (August 26, 2014)

Source: From publisher via Edelweiss

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

The Far Dawn is the third and final novel in Kevin Emerson’s Atlanteans series, bringing the story of Atlantean descendant Owen Parker to a high-stakes, dramatic conclusion. The Atlanteans series has been praised for its “emotional sucker punches” (Kirkus Reviews), “solid world building” (ALA Booklist), and “mind-blowing fantasy with characters you’ll love” (bestselling author Michael Grant).

In The Far Dawn, Owen and Lilly are on their own, two of the three Atlanteans left on a journey to find Atlantis and protect it from the selfish greed of their nemesis Paul and Project Elysium. As time grows short and darkness overtakes the planet, Owen must face Paul’s greatest treachery yet. He must choose—does he save the planet, or the people he loves?

Perfect for fans of Star Wars, Percy Jackson, or The Hunger Games, The Far Dawn takes readers on an explosive journey through time and space with heartrending decisions, pulse-pounding action, and fascinating questions of science and ethics alike. Both the paperback and ebook editions include extra content on “where science stops and fantasy starts” in the world of the series.

About the Author:

Kevin Emerson once competed in a beauty pageant and lost (probably
because he was wearing a suit of armor). He is the author of the EXILE
musician. His current projects are the EXILE SOUNDTRACK (songs from the
EXILE book series), NORTHERN ALLIES (his new band), and THE BOARD OF
EDUCATION (music for kids and kids-at-heart).

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.’ Kevin now lives in Seattle with
his wife and two children. A former science teacher, he can often be
found teaching writing workshops to middle and high school students.
Also, Kevin knows that bow ties are cool, that Pinkie Pie is the best
MLP, and that Han shot first.

My Thoughts:

What an amazing conclusion to the series! Wow. It’s not often that I
like the last book in a trilogy better than the first, but Kevin Emerson
pulled out all the stops on this one.

Owen and Lilly finally receive the answers they have been searching for,
but the problem is, so does Paul. And Paul is always one step ahead.
This was such an amazing adventure that spanned time, continents, and
space. I loved Owen’s struggle and the way his resolve wavered. I loved
Lilly’s strength and the way she pulls through for Owen. I loved the
ending. Loved it.

It was such an emotional book. It had all the action and suspense to
keep me turning pages, while making me feel more connected than ever to
the characters and their story. I don’t know what else to say other than
it was the perfect ending to the series. This was by far my favorite
book out of the trilogy.

Content: Violence and some mild language.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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    Tressa S
    August 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I'm so glad that this one ended up being good! I know we talked about requesting it before. I need to read the whole series and now I'm more motivated to do that with it ending so well. 🙂

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