Young Edgar lives on the world of Atherton. Atherton has a round bottom like a half sphere, and from this base two terraces emerge. Edgar has grown up on the middle terrace of Atherton. On the terrace above live the elite ruling class of Atherton, who control the world's water supply. If the people on the middle terrace don't produce enough food to please the people above then the water supply will be cut off. But even though life on the middle level of Atherton is difficult it is still better than life on the bottom level of Atherton, which is rumored to be a parched desert where dangerous beasts live.
Edgar is different from the other people of Atherton, because he alone is willing to violate one of the most important rules of Atherton: Stay away from the cliffs. Edgar spends his nights climbing the rocky cliffs that lead to the highest level of Atherton. Then Edgar finds a mysterious journal hidden in the cliff side. There is only one problem, Edgar can't read, and the only people on Atherton who can read are the rulers above him. When Edgar makes the dangerous climb up to the top of Atherton in search of someone who can read the journal to him it is the start of a dangerous series of events that will change Atherton completely.
If I had to choose just one word to describe “Atherton – The House of Power” it would be “vivid.” Patrick Carman's passages are chock full of subtle details and the massively complicated world dominates the storyline. As the reader learns more about Atherton and its mysterious origin the story becomes more and more thrilling. I highly recommend “Atherton – The House of Power” to all science fiction lovers.
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