The House of Power (Atherton, Book 1) by Patrick Carman

Atherton is a world with three levels, which have always remained apart; however, when the top level begins to sink the entire society is threatened and a young boy may be the only one with the key to survival.

I was glad that I knew very little about The House of Power before reading. The dust jacket is deliberately, thankfully obscure, and the story doesn’t yield its treasures readily. I love the pacing of the exposition, which kept me in suspense but not overly frustrated by how little I knew.

Orphan Edgar loves to climb, and ends up scaling the cliffs that separate the Highlands from Tabletop. In the process, he discovers that there’s more to his world of Atherton than he imagined. I really don’t want to say much more. If you’re curious, the book’s website has some of the sketches that illustrate the book. They’ll pique your interest about the plot and help you visualize Atherton.

There are some solid sci-fi ideas at play here, as well as a good adventure, all tied up like a mystery. It’s a real page-turner and I’m so excited to be able to dive into book two immediately. I’m also thrilled to add this to Superfast Toddler’s library–it’s definitely a series I want to pass on to her when she’s old enough.

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