The House of Power (Atherton Series #1)

The House of Power (Atherton Series #1)

by Patrick Carman


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Edgar, a gifted climber, secretly scales the treacherous walls separating the three worlds of Atherton: the humble grove that is his home...a mysterious highland realm of untold beauty and sinister secrets ...and a vast wasteland below, where a monstrous danger lurks that could destroy them all.

While searching the forbidden cliffs for a treasure lost in his faded memory, Edgar discovers the first of many startling revelations to come: the three realms are beginning to collapse, turning his entire world inside out. Atherton is not what it seems, but something far more dangerous, with a history locked inside the mind of a madman and a future beyond Edgar's wildest imagining.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316166713
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Atherton Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 168,579
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Patrick Carman's previous books in the Land of Elyon series (The Dark Hills Divide, Beyond the Valley of Thorns, and The Tenth City) have all been New York Times bestsellers. He is also the Creative Director of pcstudio, a packager and pioneer of the multimedia "vBook" (video+book), a format launched in 2009 with Skeleton Creek. He recently authored the fifth title in Rick Riordan's 39 Clues series, The Black Circle.

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House of Power (Atherton Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 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( and 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!
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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
TigerLMS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Edgar is an eleven year old orphan living on Atherton, a small planet-like world that looks more like a spinning top. Edgar lives on the middle of three distinct levels of Atherton, each seperated from the other by steep cliffs as well as social class distinctions. Edgar finds a secret book hidden in the cliffs for him, but because people of his realm and social class aren't taught to read, he doesn't know what the book says until he climbs into the forbidden upper Highlands. There, he meets Samuel, a boy his own age, who agrees to read the book to him. The book is something the rulers of Atherton have been searching for because it contains secrets about strange things that have been happening on Atherton, as well as things that will continue to happen. Edgar finds he can make friends in any realm-- with Isabell in the Fig groves of his home realm, with Samuel in the highlands, and with Victor and Nathan in the lowlands. He needs all these friends to assist on his quest. Author Patrick Carman's tale will appeal to upper elementary and middle school students, and while many things are answered by the end of the book (such as how a mad scientist created the world that is now falling apart), the action is just beginning--- and a sequel will follow. Best to have both on hand, as anyone who reads the first will undoubtedly want the second volume right away.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: It has been quite a while since I've read any science fiction and this series intrigued me very much. With the last book in the trilogy coming out this year (2009) I decided to start from the beginning. Comments: Edgar is an orphan who lives on the middle tier of a three tiered planet. His tier, Tabletop, is an agricultural world growing figs and producing rabbits and sheep. The top tier, The Highlands, is a powerful world full of the ruling class who have full control over the planet's water and they use this as punishment and incentive to keep production up. At the bottom is the Flatlands. No one knows anything about the Flatlands, they appear dusty, dry and full of rocks and whether anyone or anything could even live down there little speculation exists. Edgar in the meantime has an inborn need to climb. Even though climbing the cliff between tiers is forbidden upon bodily harm or even death he sneaks out each night climbing the cliff looking for something. He knows not what, just a feeling and a brief memory from his toddlerhood of a man telling him something special is hidden in the cliff for him and so he searches.Absolutely fabulous! I can't say how much I enjoyed this book. The premise is so unique and the directions the plot takes you are full of surprises. Edgar is 11 and he befriends a girl, Isabel, who is about 9. Both characters are strong and have a realistic relationship with each other; Isabel "bothering" Edgar to a certain degree yet a deep trustful friendship forms. Isabel is an independent girl who shows respect for her parents even when running off to join the adventures. An especially captivating story, one that makes you just need to read "one" more chapter and it kept an expectant smile on my face the whole way through.Only one little quibble and my regular readers will see this coming. The book ends in the middle of the story with a cliffhanger. This stops me from giving a full rating of 5 stars. I like each individual book in a trilogy to be a whole book in and of itself while being a part of a greater whole. No cliffhanger endings! Anyway fortunately this isn't 2007 and I don't have to wait another year for the next book. In fact I have the next book sitting on my bedside table and will be starting it probably tomorrow. I can't wait to see what happens next. Highly recommended but make sure you have book 2 waiting right beside you!
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was fun! I read it in one evening at Starbucks, nursing a Pumpkin Spice Latte and sitting in a very comfortable chair. Afterward, I proceeded toward the children's section in Chapters to find the second book (it ends on the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers, argh)... only to learn that it isn't out in paperback yet. Grrrahgh!
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Have I just out-and-out read too many fantasy books to find any of them fresh and new? Edgar lives in Atherton, a planet divided into three distinct parts: The Highlands, Tabletop, and The Flatlands. Suddenly, the three parts begin to move together, which shakes both the world and all the societies on the world. I kept reading, but I wasn¿t strongly taken with the book. Another so-so Bluebonnet.
julielynn44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Edgar is a young boy alone in his world, searching for something of which he does not know. We join him as he makes his journey throughout his world, always surprised at what he finds. As you read you want to help Edgar climb the walls and read the pages of his book. You want to be there for him when it seems he can't lean on anyone else. You understand why he is frustrated and want to comfort him in his loneliness. Patrick Carmen, as I believe he does best, creates a vivid and remarkable picture of the world of Atherton and all the people in it.Even though this book is a children's book this story still raises questions about the environment, government, the limits on control those in power should have, and scientific discovery. I find that the more children's literature I read the more questions about life and possibilities are opened up for me. I think that by reading this book children can open their minds to the possibilities of tomorrow.
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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