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The second book in an epic fantasy sequence from New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman The Highlands, the center of Atherton, is sinking; Samuel and Isabel are trying to sneak into The House of Power to restore water to the world of Atherton; and Dr. Kincaid, Vincent and Edgar make their way towards the edge of the Highlands, intent on entering the secret undergr The second book in an epic fantasy sequence from New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman The Highlands, the center of Atherton, is sinking; Samuel and Isabel are trying to sneak into The House of Power to restore water to the world of Atherton; and Dr. Kincaid, Vincent and Edgar make their way towards the edge of the Highlands, intent on entering the secret underground refuge of Mead's Hollow and finding the key to unlocking Dr. Harding's brain. They must discover the solution to overcoming the threat of the deadly Cleaners, creatures now unleashed on the flattened land, before it's too late. But Mead's Hollow holds more secrets than any of them had ever imagined.


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The second book in an epic fantasy sequence from New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman The Highlands, the center of Atherton, is sinking; Samuel and Isabel are trying to sneak into The House of Power to restore water to the world of Atherton; and Dr. Kincaid, Vincent and Edgar make their way towards the edge of the Highlands, intent on entering the secret undergr The second book in an epic fantasy sequence from New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman The Highlands, the center of Atherton, is sinking; Samuel and Isabel are trying to sneak into The House of Power to restore water to the world of Atherton; and Dr. Kincaid, Vincent and Edgar make their way towards the edge of the Highlands, intent on entering the secret underground refuge of Mead's Hollow and finding the key to unlocking Dr. Harding's brain. They must discover the solution to overcoming the threat of the deadly Cleaners, creatures now unleashed on the flattened land, before it's too late. But Mead's Hollow holds more secrets than any of them had ever imagined.

30 review for Rivers of Fire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    I was lucky enough to review the first book in this series for School Library Journal. I loved it. And while I really liked this second book about Atherton, it didn't quite capture me the way that the first book did. We return to the world of Atherton which is in the process of changing. The Highlands are falling and the Flatlands are rising. Horrible creatures called Cleaners are suddenly able to reach the human towns, and our hero and his friends find themselves right in the thick of danger as I was lucky enough to review the first book in this series for School Library Journal. I loved it. And while I really liked this second book about Atherton, it didn't quite capture me the way that the first book did. We return to the world of Atherton which is in the process of changing. The Highlands are falling and the Flatlands are rising. Horrible creatures called Cleaners are suddenly able to reach the human towns, and our hero and his friends find themselves right in the thick of danger as they venture deeper into the Highlands to discover the secrets of Atherton and its creator. Readers really have to have read the first book to understand what is happening here. The book has a breakneck speed throughout as the main characters rush from one disaster to the next, barely staying ahead of the cataclysmic changes. I missed the introspective nature of the first book that made it rather gem-like and special. Those same themes are present in this novel, but are secondary to the adventure and action. Fans of the first novel will consider this a must-read and any library with the first book must have the second. Recommended for readers of the first book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

    Personal Response I enjoyed Rivers of Fire by Patrick Carman, because the author used vivid details in this book. I enjoyed the fact that I could see how this book could actually happen in real life. I also loved how the book pulled me in and kept me entertained. Plot The main events of this book were about, the Highlands and Tabletop sinking into Atherton. This resulted in the flooding of Atherton that left only the Flatlands above the water. As Atherton sank, the Cleaners were able to get into Ta Personal Response I enjoyed Rivers of Fire by Patrick Carman, because the author used vivid details in this book. I enjoyed the fact that I could see how this book could actually happen in real life. I also loved how the book pulled me in and kept me entertained. Plot The main events of this book were about, the Highlands and Tabletop sinking into Atherton. This resulted in the flooding of Atherton that left only the Flatlands above the water. As Atherton sank, the Cleaners were able to get into Tabletop and force everybody to hide in the grove. As Tabletop began to sink, everybody had to evacuate to the Flatlands where it would be the only place above water. In order for everybody to escape, a group of people had to make a last stand against the cleaners. In the end, this change affected everybody's lives more than they could imagine. Characterization Edgar was the main character of the book. In the beginning, he was an eleven year old boy who was living in the Flatlands of Atherton and he had a missing finger. Near the end of the book, Edgar had met his maker and saved the lives of everybody. Dr. Kincaid at the beginning of the book, was an old man who had a caretaker named Vincent. Dr. Kincaid also was one of the creators of Atherton. In the end, Dr. Kincaid found Dr. Harding and helped the kids escape from Tabletop. He also revealed to Edgar that he stole him from his maker. Setting The setting of the book was in the year 2105 on an artificial landmass called Atherton. This was important because it’s where everybody was living. Most of the people on Atherton lived on Tabletop which was critical to the story because it got flooded and everybody lost their homes. Thematic Connection There were a lot of themes in Rivers of Fire, but a main one was showing courage when times got tough. This was proven when Samuel and Isabel went into the Highlands even though it was sinking to get water for everybody. It was also shown by Dr. Harding who went and saved Edgar even though it would cost him his life. Recommendation I would recommend this book to ninth graders and beyond, because it is a has a bit more mature vocabulary. Both males and females would like this book even with the main character being a boy. The characters are easy to relate to in this series because they are teenagers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Noah Buhrow

    PERSONAL RESPONSE As the sequel to House of Power, I thought Rivers of Fire was even better. There is a constant build up of action: times of extreme turmoil spaced out by short periods of rest. The end was actually a bit surprising. PLOT Once Atherton is finished with its decent to flatness, many of the inhabitants think they are, for the most part, safe. It was at this point when s**t hit the fan. Vicious, angry creatures from the Flatlands now have complete free reign of the entirety of Atherton PERSONAL RESPONSE As the sequel to House of Power, I thought Rivers of Fire was even better. There is a constant build up of action: times of extreme turmoil spaced out by short periods of rest. The end was actually a bit surprising. PLOT Once Atherton is finished with its decent to flatness, many of the inhabitants think they are, for the most part, safe. It was at this point when s**t hit the fan. Vicious, angry creatures from the Flatlands now have complete free reign of the entirety of Atherton. Horace correctly anticipates that they will first move into the Villages of Rabbits and Sheep. As the Cleaners attack the villages, the people make plans to escape to the Flatlands while the Highlands continue sinking into the center of Atherton. While Horace leads the people on the surface, Edgar, Isabel, Samuel, Dr. Kincaid, Vincent, and Lord Phineus of all people are traveling together through the inside of Atherton. It is really surprising they all made it through, considering what kinds of foul creatures are in there. The poisonous Crat and the territorial Nubian are just a couple examples. And don’t even get me started on the Inferno, which nearly killed Isabel. Months later, when everyone is safe and settled in the Flatlands, Vincent is found spearing Cleaners off the new pier built into the Lake of Fire, Maude is happily running another inn again, and Edgar takes Isabel and Samuel to the edge of the world. Basically everyone lived happily ever after, just like all the fairy tales we’ve all read. CHARACTERIZATION Edgar is just as scrawny as before, but he can climb faster than ever. Having talked with Dr. Harding, he is also much more knowledgeable in the ways of Atherton. Isabel is both smart and small. This allows her to quietly sneak around the grove and listen to other villagers’ conversations and relay the important parts of them. Samuel is Edgar’s first, and really only, friend from the Highlands. While the two look really similar, they actually have very different personalities, namely because Samuel likes to read books. Maude is one of the co-owners of the inn in the Village of Rabbits. When Horace is gone, she is the one to take charge. Dr. Kincaid becomes caretaker for Edgar when he first descends to the Flatlands. Kincaid is also the man who keeps watch over both Lord Phineus and Dr. Harding. Dr. Harding is the lead creator of Atherton and he alone knows all the secrets of it. Sadly, he is ambushed by a couple of Crat, which does not end well. IMPACTS OF SETTING Atherton is a small satellite world orbiting around Earth. By small, I mean you could walk around the circumference of the Lake of Fire in a little over a week. There are two main reasons Atherton was created. Firstly, as revealed to us by Dr. Harding himself, it was made for Edgar. Secondly, it was probably made as a way to get humans off planet Earth and to a cleaner place where life could continue uninhibited by man-made machines and the pollution they create. THEMATIC CONNECTIONS There is a lot of action and adventure in this book, as well as tragedy and sorrow. Three groups all go their own ways to get everyone to safety. Edgar and Harding must find a way out of the flooding Highlands (which should now be called Lowlands or Lakebottom). Dr. Kincaid and company have to survive the inside of Atherton amidst Crat, Nubian, and the Inferno. Horace and Maude are leading the rest of the people of Atherton to a peaceful life in the Flatlands. But, as I already said, there is also a fair amount of tragedy and sorrow. In Edgar’s case, Dr. Harding can’t get out, but only because he is too old. Isabel nearly dies in the Inferno. Horace and his shepherd friend Wallace both fall in battle with the Cleaners. RECOMMENDATION For those with a liking to realistic fiction, this book would be perfect. Pre-teens would probably find it especially grabbing as they can better relate to characters like Edgar, Samuel, and Isabel.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carl Koch

    I read “Rivers of Fire” by Patrick Carman. It is the second book in a trilogy about the life of a boy on a new world. I very much enjoyed the book and how it was written. The author used lots of detail and always kept the book interesting. The book starts off with Edgar returning to the grove to warn them all of the dangerous cleaners. He then meets up with Vincent and Dr. Kincaid, who take him down into Mead’s Hollow. The travel to Mead’s Hollow to try and find Dr. Harding, the man who created I read “Rivers of Fire” by Patrick Carman. It is the second book in a trilogy about the life of a boy on a new world. I very much enjoyed the book and how it was written. The author used lots of detail and always kept the book interesting. The book starts off with Edgar returning to the grove to warn them all of the dangerous cleaners. He then meets up with Vincent and Dr. Kincaid, who take him down into Mead’s Hollow. The travel to Mead’s Hollow to try and find Dr. Harding, the man who created Atherton. When they reach the bottom, they are surprised to find Dr. Harding with Samuel’s father. The group then travels another way to a secret door. Before they get inside, Edgar is taken by Sir Emerik back to the house of power. The group continues, except for Dr. Harding who leaves to rescue Edgar. Once Edgar is saved, he makes the climb out of the Highlands to the Grove, while the rest of the group travels through the inside of Atherton. Edgar convinces the people of the grove that they need to flee to the Flatlands. Once they are there, Edgar is reunited with the rest of the group that was traveling through Atherton. The main character in the book is Edgar. Throughout the book he uses his amazing skills to save himself, as well as many others. Near the end of the book he discovers that he was created by Dr. Harding. At first he is discouraged, but then he realizes that all of Atherton was created for him, and he must take care of it. As the book goes on, Edgar transforms from secretive and lonely to being a beloved leader. The book takes place sometime in the future. You can tell this, because the author talks about how Earth became a terrible place. People were moved to Atherton to start new lives because of this. The story takes place on Atherton. The main group of characters travel through the inside of Atherton, which is full of many dangerous creatures that help sustain life on Atherton’s surface. Edgar leaves the Highlands once it floods and returns to the Grove. He then leaves the Grove when it floods and goes to the Flatlands to start a new life. I think that the theme the author was trying to portray was that there is always hope, and that no matter how bads it may look you can push through it. I could apply that to my life in several ways including school, work, and at home. I would give “Rivers of Fire” five out of five stars. The book was packed full of action, and it never lost my interest. It flowed well and was easy to read, which made it that much harder to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a lot of action.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Corey Schmidt

    I read the book “Rivers of Fire.” It was written by Patrick Carman. It is the second book in the series of Atherton books. I thought it was a great book about a planet that was made to save the human race. It starts off with Edgar traveling to the highlands which is now sinking into Atherton. He is accompanied by a scientist named Dr. Kincaid and their bodyguard named Vincent. They are going there to try and save the planet, because everything is changing. Once they are in the highlands they hav I read the book “Rivers of Fire.” It was written by Patrick Carman. It is the second book in the series of Atherton books. I thought it was a great book about a planet that was made to save the human race. It starts off with Edgar traveling to the highlands which is now sinking into Atherton. He is accompanied by a scientist named Dr. Kincaid and their bodyguard named Vincent. They are going there to try and save the planet, because everything is changing. Once they are in the highlands they have to go through a secret passage into a place called Mead’s Hollow. At the end of Mead’s Hollow there is a way to turn the water back on so that the people on Atherton can survive. When they get to the end where the water is, they find out that Edgar’s friend Isabel and Samuel have been locked inside. Samuel’s father, who is thought to be dead, was also locked inside with Lord Phineus. When Atherton begins to sink again the pools of water start to fill the room with water. They all escape the room and head towards Dr. Hardings laboratory. Once inside they discover that Lord Phineus is actually an alter ego of Dr. Harding, and Dr. Harding made Edgar back on the Dark Planet. Once they all escaped from the inside of Atherton, Tabletop also began to sink. Most of the people escaped, and the Cleaners that were in the flatlands now became trapped in the water. The main character to the book is Edgar. He is a boy who was made by a genius. He is very good at climbing and loves adventures. The setting of the book is on the man made world of Atherton. Atherton has four parts: Highlands, Tabletop, Flatlands, and the inside of Atherton. Throughout the book though the Highlands and Tabletop sink into Atherton. The inside is filled with many creatures that help keep Atherton survive. The time that the story takes place isn't specifically stated, but you can tell that it is at some point in the future. I think the reason the author wrote the book to show that even though something doesn’t make sense to you, the person who’s doing it may have a purpose that you don’t understand. I can apply this to my life, because teachers may do this to me in school. I thought this was a very good book about how everything is always changing. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction. It has an easy vocabulary, and it kept me interested throughout the whole book. I would recommend it to anyone who is at a high school reading level. I would rate it four out of five stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Miss Kitty

    The first book (Atherton: House of Power) was pretty good. Don't get me wrong, I really don't like Patrick Carman's writing AT ALL but A: HoP kept me interested because it kept the action coming and maybe my heart was full of love or something when I read it so I thought it was okay-plus+. But that just wasn't the case with this book. It's completely put-downable which just makes Carman's stinky writing all the more apparent. Plus he explains EVERYTHING that goes on with the characters internall The first book (Atherton: House of Power) was pretty good. Don't get me wrong, I really don't like Patrick Carman's writing AT ALL but A: HoP kept me interested because it kept the action coming and maybe my heart was full of love or something when I read it so I thought it was okay-plus+. But that just wasn't the case with this book. It's completely put-downable which just makes Carman's stinky writing all the more apparent. Plus he explains EVERYTHING that goes on with the characters internally instead of letting stuff remain ambiguous. I realize that the audience for these books is probably the average 3rd-8th grader whose mind is completely atrophied from playing too much Mario Kart but this was a little extreme. There was one part where an almost-main character dies that was sooo incredibly sugary and stupid that I put the book down and said, "WTF? For reals?" But yes, ladies and gentleman, Carman was for reals. Having said all that, I enjoyed the two female characters' fierceness and there were lots of cool made-up animals. But cool made-up animals and female characters do not a good book make. I'm still eager to see what happens in the third book though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    I had great hopes for Atherton by Patrick Carman, which is why I could only give it two stars after reading it. The premise is creative, and I especially appreciated that the writer employed several ways of drawing the reader in (e.g., font variations, graphics, CD-ROM/Internet material). Unfortunately, the overall storytelling was lacking focus. The point of view jumped from character to character; every thought and action of every character was explored. Although Edgar is likely meant to be th I had great hopes for Atherton by Patrick Carman, which is why I could only give it two stars after reading it. The premise is creative, and I especially appreciated that the writer employed several ways of drawing the reader in (e.g., font variations, graphics, CD-ROM/Internet material). Unfortunately, the overall storytelling was lacking focus. The point of view jumped from character to character; every thought and action of every character was explored. Although Edgar is likely meant to be the main character, it was difficult to determine who I was supposed to ultimately relate to and follow because so many characters were introduced and overlapped. Often, the point of view changed from one paragraph to the next. Perhaps it is because I teach creative writing, and omniscient point of view is not an option for my students because I believe there are few writers who can tell everything from every angle in a story and do it well. Also, I did not know that this wasn't a stand alone book, but rather the first in a series. On a more positive note, the drawings were interesting and complex; they complimented the book very well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    www.2thepointbooks.blogspot.com I picked this up immediately after finishing the first book in this trilogy, The House of Power, because I liked that one so much. This one didn't disappoint. It was nice and short, too, which was perfect. I don't know if I could take anymore Cleaners mayhem. It was a great adventure book, with flavors of Jules Verne rippled generously throughout. There are some gruesome deaths and some themes that might disturb little ones, but I can recommend this book to kids olde www.2thepointbooks.blogspot.com I picked this up immediately after finishing the first book in this trilogy, The House of Power, because I liked that one so much. This one didn't disappoint. It was nice and short, too, which was perfect. I don't know if I could take anymore Cleaners mayhem. It was a great adventure book, with flavors of Jules Verne rippled generously throughout. There are some gruesome deaths and some themes that might disturb little ones, but I can recommend this book to kids older than 8. I will likely pick up the third book to complete this trilogy, but honestly this book wraps up the story of Atherton pretty well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    I started with The Land of Elyon series. (AWESOME) This was a great series to read before or after The Land of Elyon Series. Lots of adventure and suspense! It was a great continuation! READ ALSO: The Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan is GREAT too.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Superb

    It was a fun adventure

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Really very good. It started slow, but ends well, and the storytelling is top notch. Marvelously done.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Miss Natherson's

    The sequel to house of power, it has adventure and is a great book. Emma

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Caffrey

    Book 2 doesn't disappoint, what is in the belly of the beast? The third one is even better! :) Book 2 doesn't disappoint, what is in the belly of the beast? The third one is even better! :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angelique

    This is a rare well written children's adventure book that adults will actually enjoy reading to kids, I know I did. This is a rare well written children's adventure book that adults will actually enjoy reading to kids, I know I did.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chris Strehlow

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response: I believe this book does a good job of picking up where the last one just ended. It also has a decent ending that I think could have been the end of the series. However, this book seems to just slip by with little action throughout. Plot Summary: Edgar is found by Vincent after climbing all the way down to the Farlands from Tabletop. He meets Dr. Kincaid who explains a great deal of how Atherton works and how it came to be. Up on Tabletop, the Highlanders, who are loyal to Lord P Personal Response: I believe this book does a good job of picking up where the last one just ended. It also has a decent ending that I think could have been the end of the series. However, this book seems to just slip by with little action throughout. Plot Summary: Edgar is found by Vincent after climbing all the way down to the Farlands from Tabletop. He meets Dr. Kincaid who explains a great deal of how Atherton works and how it came to be. Up on Tabletop, the Highlanders, who are loyal to Lord Phineus, are protecting the House of Power. Inside, Lord Phineus takes Sir Emerik to the source of the water, only for Samuel and Isabel to follow. Once Atherton is all level, Dr. Kincaid, Vincent and Edgar go to the water source as well, in order to confront Lord Phineus. They confront him, find Samuel’s dad, and Sir Emerik and Lord Phineus get bitten by a crat, which is a cat thats bite makes people go crazy. Lord Phineus leads Edgar, Vincent, Dr. Kincaid, Samuel, Isabel and Sir William to a laboratory. Dr. Kincaid shouts a ton of numbers at him, and he finally unlocks who he truly is, Dr. Maximus Harding. He reveals the full truth about Atherton, how it will reverse and the Highlands will continue sinking, and then Sir Emerik comes and steals Edgar. Dr. Harding goes to save him, while the rest go through The Inferno. The Inferno is the heart of Atherton and what keeps it warm and living. Isabel nearly dies but they make it out the other end. Edgar is saved by Dr. Harding, and he turns out to be Edgar’s “father.” Dr. Harding made Edgar in a lab, so he has no mother, and he was sent to Atherton right away without Dr. Harding knowing. Dr. Harding dies, and Edgar climbs out of the sinking Highlands as it fills with water. The Cleaners become tamer and float around in the water. The villages start again on the new Atherton. Characterization: Isabel starts the book off as someone who could just screw around and have fun. By the end of the book, she has done much to help preserve life on Atherton. She has traveled through Dr. Hardings lab and traversed the Inferno to escape. She has helped the villages start over on the new Atherton. Lord Phineus changes through the book by starting off as a dictator. Then he changes when Dr. Kincaid opens his mind up. He becomes Dr. Harding again, and helps to save the villages of Atherton. He saves Edgar and helps him save the Dark Planet before he dies. Setting: This book is set on Atherton directly after the first book. The setting is important because it allows the reader to know where on Atherton the characters are and gives them a general understanding of the character’s surroundings. This book is set in the future because Atherton was a shelter away from the bad atmosphere of Earth. Recommendation: I would recommend this book to middle schoolers of both genders, because I believe they can get the most enjoyment out of the book. If they are any older, I think it just gets more unfulfilling as the book continues. I believe that the content of the book is easy enough for middle schoolers to understand and enjoy reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael Lambrecht

    The book Rivers of Fire by Patrick Carman was a very cool book about a piece of land called Athernon. Athernon is split up into 3 parts; the Highlands, Tabletop, and the Flatlands. In the Highlands are the rich people and they control how much water is given to Tabletop because the Highlands is the highest piece of land in the whole area. Tabletop consists of farmers, some soldiers, and people who raise livestock. These people are mainly poor. The Flatlands have not really been explored but we d The book Rivers of Fire by Patrick Carman was a very cool book about a piece of land called Athernon. Athernon is split up into 3 parts; the Highlands, Tabletop, and the Flatlands. In the Highlands are the rich people and they control how much water is given to Tabletop because the Highlands is the highest piece of land in the whole area. Tabletop consists of farmers, some soldiers, and people who raise livestock. These people are mainly poor. The Flatlands have not really been explored but we do know that there are these monsters called Cleaners that go after any source of meat. The cleaners weren't really a problem until the Flatlands started suddenly rising up. When that happened the Highlands started falling down and now Cleaners are everywhere. The fate of everyone on Athernon is in the hands of Edward, Isabel, and Samuel as they are trying to find out what is happening to their home. I think that this book has a very well thought out plot and the same goes with the events and how the characters respond to sudden changes. I think the only falter is that when you first read it, you dont really fully grasp what is going on with Athernon and the main characters. If I were to change anything, i would give a little bit more insight as to what is happening with Athernon. I think that anyone who likes fictional but true reading would like this book for sure. Additionally, I think that people who might like medieval books or anything like that would enjoy this book because a lot of parts have to do with knights and horses.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Carman, Patrick Atherton Rivers of Fire, pgs.303 Little Brown and Company. Language~PG, Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG; In this sequel to Atherton: The House of Power, Carman resumes the story where he left off. The Highlands is continuing to sink and the Cleaners are coming ever closer to Tabletop. This book did not grab me as strongly as the first one did. I felt it dragged in places and was confusing in parts. I would recommend it to any who liked the first Atherton, since this book completes Carman, Patrick Atherton Rivers of Fire, pgs.303 Little Brown and Company. Language~PG, Sexual Content~G; Violence~PG; In this sequel to Atherton: The House of Power, Carman resumes the story where he left off. The Highlands is continuing to sink and the Cleaners are coming ever closer to Tabletop. This book did not grab me as strongly as the first one did. I felt it dragged in places and was confusing in parts. I would recommend it to any who liked the first Atherton, since this book completes the story. However, I wouldn’t recommend it as a stand alone novel. MS/HS – OPTIONAL. Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2008...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brock Jacobs

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Continuing from the last book, the Highlands are now flat with Tabletop, and Tabletop is now flat with the flatlands, which unleashes monsters known as the Cleaners. the highlands starts sinking into tabletop, and edgar's two friends are trapped inside. Edgar goes in to save them, only to find that the water is coming up. As the highlands fills with water, Edgar's friends escape into a tunnel, as Edgar climbs his way out. He then has to convince the people living in tabletop to escape to the fla Continuing from the last book, the Highlands are now flat with Tabletop, and Tabletop is now flat with the flatlands, which unleashes monsters known as the Cleaners. the highlands starts sinking into tabletop, and edgar's two friends are trapped inside. Edgar goes in to save them, only to find that the water is coming up. As the highlands fills with water, Edgar's friends escape into a tunnel, as Edgar climbs his way out. He then has to convince the people living in tabletop to escape to the flatlands, while being chased by the Cleaners. Tabletop sinks into the Flatlands, then fills with water. Atherton has become a large lake with land around it. the tunnel Edgar's friends escaped into leads them to the flatlands, where everyone reunites

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book because the main character Edgar Faces many challenges, yet always seems to prevail. He may only be about 11, but he is a main asset to the world of Atherton. Towards the end of the book he even begins to understand and realize that he and Atherton are connected in a very special way. This is due to him having been created just like Atherton was, by Dr. Harding.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Villegas

    This is a lively and absorbing adventure. There is plenty of danger and mystery, too, for young adventurers who will eagerly follow Edgar in his quest to save his world." And my favorite part is when Sir Emerik went into Meads hollow This is a lively and absorbing adventure. There is plenty of danger and mystery, too, for young adventurers who will eagerly follow Edgar in his quest to save his world." And my favorite part is when Sir Emerik went into Meads hollow

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    it's so amazing that the characters in this book, that they want to see new things and discover it. it's so amazing that the characters in this book, that they want to see new things and discover it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aubrey

    I've really enjoyed this dystopian series for children. I think young boys would especially like it. I've really enjoyed this dystopian series for children. I think young boys would especially like it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    sch

    Not as engaging as the earlier book (disorganized). But the adventure continues, and many of the first volume’s mysteries are resolved.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Reece

    Another good book in this great series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robna Wiles-Pfeifler

    I read 1 and 2 back to back. I got tired of the story by the middle of 2.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Avery (Book Deviant)

    See more of my reviews at my blog the Book Deviant After reading The House of Power, and mentally comparing what I remembered of the first from my first read to my thoughts for the second read, I could easily tell you that I wasn't expecting much more in this second installment. While the first was an enjoyable, middle grade story, that's all that it was. I liked it, I liked the characters, but I wasn't blown away, and I wasn't desperate to read Rivers of Fire immediately afterwards. Maybe that a See more of my reviews at my blog the Book Deviant After reading The House of Power, and mentally comparing what I remembered of the first from my first read to my thoughts for the second read, I could easily tell you that I wasn't expecting much more in this second installment. While the first was an enjoyable, middle grade story, that's all that it was. I liked it, I liked the characters, but I wasn't blown away, and I wasn't desperate to read Rivers of Fire immediately afterwards. Maybe that affected my feelings towards this book, but, being blunt, I just don't think this book was necessary to the overall story. Let me explain. Rivers of Fire picks up immediately where The House of Power ends, so it really just felt like a continuation of the first rather than a separate book. The only thing that told me it was another book in my head was that I had to wait for my hold to come in at the local library. And that's not a bad thing! I've read plenty of books that pick up right where the first ended and still make it seem like the next book in the series, rather than an unnecessary wait. The part that I didn't like was that it was only a continuation of The House of Power and introduced really nothing new. There were a few surprises and new characters were introduced but really? Nothing blew me out of the water. Nothing was really eye catching. It also just felt that Carman was searching for things the characters to do. At one point, he separates a few of the characters, leaving a few to wander around Atherton while the rest of the group actively struggles through something that was unnecessarily dangerous. So, as readers, we're going back and forth, from mundane wandering and random helpfulness to other characters, to life-threatening danger that was never really explained in the first place. The only explanation we got for these dangers were just unsatisfactory and annoying as well, leaving me to sit and wait for the part to end rather then giving an explanation and making me sit up and take notice. Final Rating: ★★★☆☆ Overall? The book wasn't bad. Just badly planned. I liked the characters, still, and the few twists and surprises that were included made the story enjoyable. But compared to the first, Rivers of Fire just couldn't live up to it's counterpart. The House of Power had the advantage of novelty and surprise, and Carman tried using those in Rivers of Fire as well, but they don't work quite as well for a second book as they do a first. Would I Recommend? Well, sure, if you enjoyed the first. I just personally didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. However, I would suggest reading the third one after this, even if you didn't like this one. I think reading this one is worth it for the larger picture.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ty Crisp

    Rivers of Fire is the second installment of the Atherton Trilogy, and a truly gripping continuation of the events witnessed in the first book. Patrick Carman is an excellent storyteller, and his prowess has never fallen short—least of all now. If you are new to the series, or new to any of Carman's work for that matter, prepare yourself for an epic ride of discovery and adventure. The world of Atherton is on a course of revolutionary happenings: everything is about to change. Readers of Atherton Rivers of Fire is the second installment of the Atherton Trilogy, and a truly gripping continuation of the events witnessed in the first book. Patrick Carman is an excellent storyteller, and his prowess has never fallen short—least of all now. If you are new to the series, or new to any of Carman's work for that matter, prepare yourself for an epic ride of discovery and adventure. The world of Atherton is on a course of revolutionary happenings: everything is about to change. Readers of Atherton will almost certainly welcome Rivers of Fire as a satisfactory sequel. Most of the leading aspects of the story-line have waxed in quality, such as the readability and originality. The lack of strong character development was a slight downfall (similar to the first installment), yet better than I expected. Each personality was certainly vibrant and believable, with a nice well-rounded feel. The highlight of Rivers of Fire, as with any of Carman's books, was undoubtedly the spirit of adventure prevalent within a handful youthful protagonists. I am always enamored, riveted, and enthused by Carman's knack for revitalizing the child within. Tween fantasy geared toward 5-6th graders is definitely something special. In this thrilling fantasy, Patrick Carman also weaves a voice of wisdom into the plot with the character Wallace. This kind and gentle sheepherder guides to people of Atherton in their struggles, particularly in uniting the two societies of Tabletop and the Highlands. The sad fact that—Spoiler alert!—Wallace dies makes him an immediate icon for the entire series. He is one of the characters I look up to most, after Edgar of course. On pg. 202 you can discover one of my favorite 'Wallace' quotes: You must know your enemies to overcome them. That is the path of peace for every person, and it comes only by doing, not by the study of those who are already doing. To clarify the meaning a bit; Wallace was referring to one's inner enemies. Knowing and coming to terms with your own faults is the only way to find true peace of mind. Am I sensing a few Buddhist vibes here? Wallace also emphasizes coming to terms with your enemies in your own way. Studying the endeavors of those who have already embarked on this journey is fine, but true peace only comes by finding out the secrets on your own. You must follow your own heart, not the hearts of others. Be a trailblazer and find what works best for YOU. Rivers of Fire is all about two unlikely groups finding common ground and uniting together to face the greater threat. As Atherton finally settles, a new order arises. The people stand united as one civilization, and all past discrepancies are as good as forgotten. Indeed, one could say the Atherton series has reached its conclusion. But you couldn't be further from the truth. The Dark Planet still retains its mysteries, and one book in the series remains. What happens next? Overall Grade: A Atherton: Rivers of Fire is a truly remarkable sequel to one of my favorite fantasies. Patrick Carman has instilled his name in the hearts of kids and young adults the world over and proven himself a master of children's fantasy. This novel is beautiful continuation of the Atherton series, chalk full of lurking mysteries, thrilling escapades, and simply-put wisdom. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Lewis

    PERSONAL RESPONSE I liked Rivers of Fire do to it being about adventure and a changing world. I enjoyed how it was also a book about friendship and people who could do certain things would help the one who couldn't and vice versa. I also liked the way that it was from the view of many people who were very different. PLOT In the beginning Edgar had gone to the grove and found Dr. Kincaid and Vincent. Samuel and Isabel went into meads hollow after Samuel found the instructions his father left him to PERSONAL RESPONSE I liked Rivers of Fire do to it being about adventure and a changing world. I enjoyed how it was also a book about friendship and people who could do certain things would help the one who couldn't and vice versa. I also liked the way that it was from the view of many people who were very different. PLOT In the beginning Edgar had gone to the grove and found Dr. Kincaid and Vincent. Samuel and Isabel went into meads hollow after Samuel found the instructions his father left him to find the source of water. The instructions stated to stay on the blue line, but he didn't know that Lord Phineus and Sir Emerik were already in meads hollow. Horace warned the highlands that it was sinking and got everyone except Tyler and the four in meads hollow out of the highlands. Everyone evacuated the highlands to go to the village of rabbits. Edgar climbed down the wall with a rope so Vincent and dr Kincaid could climb down too. After they were all down they were heading toward meads hollow but Tyler threw rocks at them and Edgar hit him in the head with a fig from his sling. After Tyler was knocked out they went in to meads hollow. Lord Phineus and Sir Emerik captured Samuel and Isabel and took them to the source of water where Sir Emerik locked all three of them in there and Sir William captured and tied up Lord Phineus and then he realized that Samuel was his son. Vincent, Dr. Kincaid, and Edgar caught Sir Emerik leaving the source of water and let him pass to leave meads hollow because he told them where Isabel and Samuel were. When they got there they met Sir William and then the water overflowed from the pools in the floor and flooded the room. After the water died down all of them went to a yellow line and walked down it to a door. When the door was opened they let Lord Phineus run down the corridor and followed him till they got to Dr. Harding's lab and started reading him five digit numbers. The numbers unlocked part of Lord Phineus’s brain's memory which turned him back to Dr. Harding. Edgar got captured by Sir Emerik and Dr. Harding saved him and told him about what would happen to Atherton befor he died. Edgar warned the people of Atherton of what would happen. The others went into the center of Atherton and then into the Inferno where Isabel was stung three times by a fire bug. Everyone on the surface of Atherton went to the flatlands to escape the water and the changing cleaners. Once everyone was safe Edgar went to Dr. Kincaid's house and found the others were all okay except for Isabel who was unconscious do to being electrocuted by the firebugs. Isabel’s parents and Samuel's mother showed up and they were all happy because their family was reunited. After they found out about Isabel, they all were quiet and sad until she walked out because Dr. Kincaid had helped heal her. RECOMMENDATION I would recommend this to middle schoolers and people who like adventure. I would also recommend this to people who like fantasy books. I would recommend this to said people because the book is filled with adventure and fantasy creatures.It is also altogether easy to read and comprehend which is why I would recomend it to middle schoolers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Noah Herring

    Rivers Of Fire Personal Response I enjoyed Rivers Of Fire because felt a better connection to the characters in this book then I did in the first one because I learned more about their family and their personalities. The book was just as exciting as the first with lots of different dangerous creatures showing up all over the place. I enjoyed seeing Edgar, Samuel, and Isabel all become best friends. Plot This book picks up right where the first book left off. Edgar arrives at the village and finds t Rivers Of Fire Personal Response I enjoyed Rivers Of Fire because felt a better connection to the characters in this book then I did in the first one because I learned more about their family and their personalities. The book was just as exciting as the first with lots of different dangerous creatures showing up all over the place. I enjoyed seeing Edgar, Samuel, and Isabel all become best friends. Plot This book picks up right where the first book left off. Edgar arrives at the village and finds two people patrolling the area and he asks if he can pass to the village to tell the villagers the instructions that Dr. Kincaid told him. There are many new creatures that are told in this book and a lot of even more drastic changes to the world of Atherton. Samuel finds his father alive and Isabel is reunited with her parents after being away. But Edgar found out that he does not have a mother but that he was created like Atheron, by Doctor Harding. And as Edgar went telling everyone what to do Samuel and Isabel were busying sneaking in it the House Of Power. And as they silently run through the dark secret tunnels that Samuel found out about they plan what to do when they get in. When they reach the tunnel Samuel squeezes through the tight grate. Inside the House of Power Sir Emerick knew that he heard something and as he turned the corner he saw nothing, so he went to investigate the sound he heard but little did he know that Samuel was right behind him hiding in a bush. Recommendation I would recommended this book to either boys or girls at the age eight or above. For the violence and peril and lots of horrible monsters described in great detail. Anyone who loves adventure and even some mystery should read this.

  30. 4 out of 5

    *Sklip*

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Disappointing because it wasn't as good as I thought it would be, and the first book was loads better. I really liked the Inferno in this book. I like to think of it like the Dark Planet's fiery core, yet at the same time, it's also Atherton's own personal Hell. of course, it was like Hell for the little group to go through the place. Personally, I didn't see why Patrick Carmen would name the book Rivers of Fire. Sure, Isabel, Samuel, Vincent, Sir William, and Dr. Kincaid do sort of go through a r Disappointing because it wasn't as good as I thought it would be, and the first book was loads better. I really liked the Inferno in this book. I like to think of it like the Dark Planet's fiery core, yet at the same time, it's also Atherton's own personal Hell. of course, it was like Hell for the little group to go through the place. Personally, I didn't see why Patrick Carmen would name the book Rivers of Fire. Sure, Isabel, Samuel, Vincent, Sir William, and Dr. Kincaid do sort of go through a river of fire, but I don't see the point of naming the whole book "Rivers of Fire." Towards the end, I really thought poor, little Isabel was going to die. I would've been very, very upset if she did die. She was a supporting character but I admire her. She's young, but she's a fighter and she's a lot smarter than everyone takes her to be Lord Phineas turns out to be Dr. Harding. No surprise. I sort of saw this coming. Where else could Dr. Harding be than Atherton? Atherton was his life, every little part of it was his ideas. Atherton was his air and blood. A thing that did surprise me about Harding in the end was tha he ended dying almost as soon as he came into the story as Dr. Harding. It's kind of sad that he had to die, because he would have been an amazing, if not interesting add to the character cast. If he stayed in the book, maybe then more of his secrets would be revealed. I would like that very much. The ending was nicely written. It was unsettled and left the reader with a sense of awe. It's cute how the three of them look at the Dark Planet and wonder of things beyond themselves.

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