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6 Degrees IV

Posted by on July 1, 2014

The last round of 6 Degrees of Kool Books, DJ Edwardson has delved into The Neverending Story. A movie favorite of mine when I was a kid. While he described the characters, my first connection came with the two gnomes and Miracle Max and his wife in Princess Bride, but since we’ve already visited that book/movie a time or two, I decided to go with someone different.

Atreyu. Oh, he and his horse…melted my young, little heart.

Atreyu is young warrior who goes off on a quest to save the Childlike Empress and Fantastica/Phantásien from the Nothing, a huge black hole eating up his world. Although, he doesn’t know what the solution is, he sets out on a quest to find it. He’s young and brave and very much like Edgar in the Atherton series by Patrick Carman.

athertonEdgar is a young orphan. He lives in a world that has three levels. The highlands with people who are the ruling cast, the lowlands filled with horrible monsters called Cleaners, and then then there’s the middle land where Edgar resides with the rest of the working class.

Edgar has one friend, Isabel, although, he considers her annoying at first. She is loyal, strong-willed, and she is a good shot with her sling. She was also responsible for organizing the rebellion against the highlands. Together, they work in the fig grove doing their work or risk getting whipped by Mr. Ratikan, the owner of the grove.

Mr. Ratikan is irritable and mean, especially toward Edgar. And he’s involved in something more sinister than just overseeing the fig production and paying the Highland’s taxes.

But Edgar has been keeping a secret from everyone on Tabletop. He climbs the forbidden cliffs, building up his stamina each night. Why? He has a memory of a man speaking to him, something awaits him in the cliffs, but Edgar doesn’t know what that one thing is. So he climbs.

But what he discovers is more terrifying than anything he’s ever known. The highlands are sinking.

athertonsketchIn a hole in the side of the cliff, Edgar finally finds paper with writing on it. This is it, but unfortunately, he can’t read it. It is forbidden for the working class to read. So he decides to scale the entire cliff to the highlands to find someone who can. And to figure out what is going on with the highlands and the possible destruction of his entire world.

See, quite similar to Atreyu in The Neverending Story, right?

Enters Samuel. A young boy who is rather timid and weak, but he is smart and he can read. He becomes friends with Edgar and Isabel, another forbidden thing, and helps them, going against the orders of Lord Phineas.

Lord Phineas. The conniving, tyrannical ruler of Atherton. He does not allow the people on Tabletop to read or interact with the people from the highlands. He imposes a heavy tax paid in their crops and various things they produce or he will without their only source of water from them. And he has secret plans in the works to make him more powerful. There is more to him than what meets the eye, but I’m trying really hard not to giveaway spoilers.

Doctor Luther Mead Kincaid. A scientist, Edgar discovers, living in the flatlands. He is overseeing the events that will take place on Atherton, a place he had a hand in creating. He is also responsible for discovering and mentoring the child-genius, Doctor Harding. He joins Edgar on his quest in searching for answers that will save Atherton.

Doctor Harding is the mysterious scientist who created Atherton with the help of Dr. Kincaid. He went insane while building Atherton and has been missing for many years. His work plays out across all three books. And wow, what an adventure it is!


Well, there you have it. If you are interested in joining the fun, drop by DJ’s blog to sign up. 🙂

Not sure how it’s played? Pick one of the characters mentioned above and find a similar character from a different book. Then post next week Tuesday on your blog. If you’d like more information, check out DJ’s original post.

So have you read the Atherton series? LOVED these books. And Patrick Carman’s The Land of Elyon. Check them out if you get the chance. 🙂

Have a great rest of the week!

6 Responses to 6 Degrees IV

  1. Jenelle Leanne

    Thank you so much for helping keep Six Degrees going this week! Hoping to get my blog back in commission soon!

    I have never heard of the Atherton series, but I will definitely have to check it out!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thanks for stopping by Jenelle! I am sorry you’ve been having so much trouble. I hope your blog gets back online quickly for you. The Atherton series is awesome. I love how you start out in this simple fig grove and it mushrooms into this huge, complex dystopian story with crazy, fantasy/sci-fi elements. 🙂

  2. DJ Edwardson

    This sounds like a great series. I love it when authors blend scifi and fantasy. Thanks for sharing this one!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      So glad you enjoyed it! Can’t wait to see what you do with the above mentioned characters. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. sparksofember

    Wow – Atherton sounds really good! I’ve never heard of it before either. And I’m ashamed to admit, I never got around to reading The Neverending Story. It’s a classic I somehow missed. Probably because I didn’t understand the movie so had to compulsion to find the book. But I really should someday soon.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey! I’ve not read The Neverending Story either, but I did enjoy the movies. The first one more so than the others. The adventure Atherton takes you on is quite different than I’ve ever experienced. I hope you take a chance on it. Would love to hear if you enjoyed it or not. Thanks for stopping by!

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