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Atherton #3: The Dark Planet [Hardcover]

Patrick Carman
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May 1 2009 Atherton (Book 3)
In the dazzling conclusion to the epic story of Atherton, Patrick Carman takes readers on the most rewarding journey of all, to the perilous realm of The Dark Planet: Earth.

When Edgar discovers a way to leave the mysterious satellite world of Atherton, he couldn't have imagined the gloom that awaited him on the dark planet, where the oceans are toxic, the forests are full of mutant monsters, and children toil in darkness, controlled by ruthless maniacs. Max Harding, an orphan of the Silo, the maker of Atherton, and the last hope of a dying world, left this place behind, and now Edgar is determined to complete the mad scientist's spectacular plan, revealing Atherton's true purpose.

Edgar's quest to discover Earth's dark secret leads to an out of this world adventure in the final book of the Atherton trilogy.

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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. Patrick worked in advertising for a decade and has also created board games and launched several businesses.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too April 29 2010
Format:Hardcover
Life in Atherton has changed and its people have started over. Edgar's encounter with his maker, Dr. Harding, has left questions that can only be answered by leaving the only home he has ever known.

Edgar's journey takes him to the Dark Planet; a sick and dying world filled with deadly creatures and air that fills the lungs with sickness. Edgar has come in search of information about his beginnings, but what he finds is so much more.

He's a part of Dr. Harding's plan to save the Dark Planet and its inhabitants. If only Edgar can survive the harshness of the Dark Planet and its people long enough to fulfill his destiny.

I loved Carman's LAND OF ELYON series and have enjoyed the ATHERTON series just as much, and maybe more. The characters and worlds of ATHERTON are thrilling and full of imagination and wonder. Carman has a magnificent way of unfolding a world and characters on the page that takes my breath away. Once I start reading, I can't stop until I reach the end. Even then I wish it could go on.

I enjoyed being immersed in the world and lives of the characters in ATHERTON, and THE DARK PLANET reached a satisfying end full of new beginnings.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Trilogy! Great Ending! June 16 2009
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Reason for Reading: The last book in the trilogy.

Comments: The third and final book in the trilogy focuses on a theme that the other books made us aware of early on, that of a post-apocalyptic Earth. Edgar follows a map left behind by Dr. Harding and finds himself on his way to The Dark Planet where he feels that everything has been set in motion for him a long time ago. Now is his time to save the children of this almost dead planet.

I really enjoyed this book the most out the three and that's saying a lot as I have heartily enjoyed this trilogy. But I am a big fan of post-apocalyptic fiction and this was a really exciting story that included a dystopian society but does not get too heavy and keeps the book suitable for the middle grade reader. Edgar is back to being our main character as we've grown to really care for him through this series. Though Isabel and Samuel do have an important part to play back on Atherton, gone are all the supplementary characters from the first two books. Instead we are met with a whole new group of characters on Earth and the book feels fresh and new. Great story, great new characters and a refreshing new plot that still keeps it's ties to the one from the previous books while going in a completely new direction. A highly enjoyable read. Recommended! P.S. Even though it's sci-fi there is a dragon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too April 29 2010
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Life in Atherton has changed and its people have started over. Edgar's encounter with his maker, Dr. Harding, has left questions that can only be answered by leaving the only home he has ever known.

Edgar's journey takes him to the Dark Planet; a sick and dying world filled with deadly creatures and air that fills the lungs with sickness. Edgar has come in search of information about his beginnings, but what he finds is so much more.

He's a part of Dr. Harding's plan to save the Dark Planet and its inhabitants. If only Edgar can survive the harshness of the Dark Planet and its people long enough to fulfill his destiny.

I loved Carman's LAND OF ELYON series and have enjoyed the ATHERTON series just as much, and maybe more. The characters and worlds of ATHERTON are thrilling and full of imagination and wonder. Carman has a magnificent way of unfolding a world and characters on the page that takes my breath away. Once I start reading, I can't stop until I reach the end. Even then I wish it could go on.

I enjoyed being immersed in the world and lives of the characters in ATHERTON, and THE DARK PLANET reached a satisfying end full of new beginnings.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carman Again Successfully Creates an Awesome Adventure With Mesmerizing Images June 9 2009
By KidsReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Clang! Clang! Clang! Clang! Clang! The sound of breaking bones.

"Cleaners," whispered Edgar.

The clanging of thousands of bony legs rushed beneath him. He could see the shadows of Cleaners shooting past in a herd toward the falling trees.

I've never seen ones that big, Edgar thought in awe. He could only make out their shadows, but it appeared these Cleaners were two or three times bigger than any that had lived on Atherton.

They must be thirty feet long or more! He thought. Two bites and Cleaners this big could remove every trace of Edgar from the Dark Planet.

Edgar faces more dangers than he ever anticipated when he makes his way into the Dark Planet --- formerly known as "Earth." The dreaded Cleaners are only one element in his dangerous journey. Following instructions from the brilliant, sometimes mad Dr. Max Harding, Edgar must risk his life to complete this mission. His instructions have come through a technological wonder created by Dr. Harding "before" the doctor's untimely death. Dr. Harding created Atherton in the hopes of providing a livable environment away from the diseased and dying earth. But his creativity did not stop there --- he also created Edgar: "I made you, Edgar. Just as I made Atherton." While Edgar accepts that Dr. Harding is his father and did love him, it is still hard for him to understand his own role in this strange mission to the Dark Planet.

Edgar leaves behind his friends, Samuel and Isabel, and is told to trust no one in Atherton --- especially Dr. Kincaid (who is his mentor) and his dear friend Vincent. Only later does Edgar understand the implications of these instructions and why they are so vital in revealing the final secrets that lie between Atherton and the Dark Planet.

Once on the Dark Planet, the boy is thrown into another world --- probably not unlike Atherton when it was under the power of Dr. Phineas (read the previous books to understand more about the strange Dr. Phineas) --- and begins to unravel some of the mysteries. By using a devise known as The Raven, he is guided to his father's birthplace known as Silo/Station Seven. Dr. Harding's childhood was spent as an orphan at the Silo. Edgar finds this area of the earth even more colorless, barren and filled with toxic fumes. It is run by an evil, ruthless woman known as Judix and her mindless cronies, Red Eye and Socket. The Silo uses children as slaves, and they work in unspeakable conditions, receiving beatings regularly from Silo and Socket.

During his explorations Edgar is captured and brought to work alongside the other children in the Silo. He also discovers that one adult is truly a friend. Her name is Hope, and she struggles to provide some kind of protection for the children. During this time he gets to know and befriends Aggie, Teagan, Landon and Vasher. These relationships and the total injustice of what is happening make him all the more determined to escape --- and to take Hope and his friends with him.

Meanwhile, Samuel and Isabel have decided to find Edgar because they know he must be in grave danger. Their explorations lead them into some of the deep, dark caverns running beneath the Flatlands, and it is here they are confronted by a giant dragon named Gossamer. Is Gossamer their enemy or their friend?

With all of these characters gathered on the Dark Planet, it suddenly seems totally hopeless that they will overcome the obstacles before them. Dragons, Cleaners, Spikers, the strange people working under Judix's command and the ever-threatening environment are overwhelming to them. Do they have any chance, and who can they really trust?

This final book in the Atherton trilogy definitely begins to explain more fully many of the happenings that have led to the awful situation in which our characters find themselves. Despite their cleverness and cunning, will they meet up and be able to beat the odds against them? Patrick Carman again successfully creates an awesome adventure with mesmerizing images. His messages concerning environmental issues ring loud and strong. Readers should start with ATHERTON: THE HOUSE OF POWER to better understand the complexity of all that is happening. What a great series for some powerful discussions about our natural world today.

--- Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts
5.0 out of 5 stars Get all three! Jan. 24 2014
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked up the first book in this trilogy at a library warehouse sale and was hooked.
I just had to know how it all ended.
5.0 out of 5 stars home away from home Jan. 16 2014
By S Johanpeter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
this is an end to a great story...or is it? I look at the night sky differently now. I also try to live with less plastic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing,surely and truly amazing Dec 29 2013
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