SciFi Book Review: The Dark Shore

The Dark Shore by Kevin Emerson

The Dark Shore, the second novel in Kevin Emerson’s Atlanteans series, continues the story of Owen Parker, one of the powerful descendants of the highly advanced Atlantean race.

Owen, Lilly and Leech have escaped Camp Eden, but the next step on their journey to find Atlantis and protect it from Paul and Project Elysium involves crossing the perilous wastelands of a wrecked planet. And unlike in EdenWest, where bloody truths were kept hidden beneath the surface, out here, the horrors live bright beneath the poisonous sun.

With treachery at every turn, Owen has no choice but to bring his wounded clan to the dark shores of Desenna, the city built from the ashes of EdenSouth, where the followers of Heliad-7 dwell. Desenna’s blood-soaked walls may hold the key to Owen’s journey in the form of the third Atlantean, as well as a deeper understanding of the true purpose of the Three, but there are also secrets lurking in the shadows, waiting to be unleashed, and once they rise, there may be no escape.

This fast-paced, exciting sequel follows Owen, Lilly and Leech on their quest to find Atlantis. All three teens have gone through a lot of changes, physically and mentally. Meanwhile, they are being relentlessly pursued by Paul, the immoral head of EdenWest. But their troubles don’t disappear when they reach Desenna, despite their independence from Paul’s project. Desenna holds its own dark secrets. Owen and his friends are mankind’s only hope for saving the world, genetic reincarnations (of sorts) of the original Atlanteans.

This sequel is even better than the first. With plenty of intense suspense, mystery, drama, and teen angst – The Dark Shore is a dark and gritty science fiction adventure. There are several colorful characters and plenty of twists and surprises along the way. As before, we’re left with another cliffhanger ending that left me impatient for the next in this thrilling dystopian series.

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