Atherton was once a magnificent three-tiered world, a satellite created as a refuge from a dying Earth. Now its three lands, formerly separated by treacherous cliffs, have collapsed and collided. But Edgar, a gifted climber, is determined to discover the secret of Atherton's survival, and embarks on a life-or-death quest to find its mad maker.
Navigating Atherton's chaos is nothing less than harrowing. At the center, a former paradise is sinking and flooding. At the perimeter, a monstrous force is on the attack. Trapped in between are two peoples, once at war, who must now combat the new foe together. And underground, Edgar's two friends, Samuel and Isabel, must confront deadly cave dwellers, rivers of fire, and waters of life.
With themes evocative of Paradise Lost and Dante's Inferno, bestselling author Pat Carman delivers a masterful follow-up with classic themes of friendship and good versus evil with a timely twist.
Praise for ATHERTON: Rivers of Fire
*A summer 2008 Booksense Children's Pick
"A smart, gripping fantasy that offers a clever parallel to our very real world of unequal wealth and opportunity."
"Plenty of excitement."
Patrick Carman is the New York Times bestselling author of such acclaimed series as The Land of Elyon and Atherton. Most recently, he authored The Black Circle, the fifth title in the 39 Clues series, and the groundbreaking Skeleton Creek series. An enthusiastic reading advocate, he has visited more than 750 schools, developed village library projects in Central America, and created author outreach programs for communities. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington with his family.