Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Book Review: The Dark Shore (The Atlanteans #2) by Kevin Emerson

The Dark Shore by Kevin Emerson
Source: Paperback ARC via Katherine Tegen books | HarperCollins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars :star :star :star

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


What would you be willing to do to save humanity from itself?

Questions like this are often posed on back covers of YA books. This is one instance when the question is actually discussed and posed in the novel. I love that. Maybe it's because I'm a Philosophy major, or maybe it's because I'm a human being. If you're someone who often wonders what humankind is doing to the earth, and what the world will look like in 2086, you're gonna love this book. It will most likely terrify you, that's what it did to me.

The main reason I don't read too many dystopian novels is because they have a tendency to depress me. This is one series that, although kinda bums me out at times, for the most part just terrifies me and fascinates me. That terrific fascination had me captivated throughout the novel. I felt it was a great sequel, much better than the first book.

I really like how this series Is equal parts futuristic dystopia with sinister forces ruling the world, and ancient mythology I fused within (in this series, it's all about Atlantis). I've always been so curious about Atlantis. I can tell you that the only reason I started reading this series was the fact that Atlantis has always captivated me, and I felt the premise had serious potential. There was a huge gap between the first and second books, I was a little fuzzy on some details since I waited so long between books. But, once I got like 1/4 way through, I started to remember and became absorbed totally at that point.

Owen is a great main character, and I like YA books with male point of view. He developed a lot in this book, and his friendship with Leech (Carey) and Lilly really changed a lot. I liked the resilience of the characters, and how their personalities were so different. I felt like I knew each of them, the way they were depicted was so similar to people I have Known throughout my life, it's really quite amazing. The writing is spectacular. It has a certain cadence that is really fun to read. Here is one quote that I really liked:

“I lay there and in my mind I was in Desenna; I was in EdenWest; I was in Hub; I was in the Atlantean City; I was in my ship, flying over the wastes, and none of these places felt like home, none of them felt like where I belonged. It was like I'd come unglued from the world, like I was drifting on a wind; and even here, in a room in my moms apartment,  hadn't yet landed. If anything, I felt more untethered than ever.”
-pg 248 of ARC

Plus, I was completely taken aback by the revelation at the end. (view spoiler) There's definitely a lot to occur in the final book. This is definitely a series that is appropriate to have 3 books. It's perfectly paced and organized and I appreciate that.

I recommend this series to fans of dystopian novels with mythology infused themes. There is strong world building and character development. It's not a happy sappy book; there is heartache death and pain. This series questions the good of humanity and whether the greatest destruction of humanity can be from itself.

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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.


  1. I like dystopian novels but I am not keen on mythology, but thanks for your review :)

    1. Haha aww yeah! You're welcome and thanks for stopping by Trinity :tup


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