The Lost Code

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Kevin Emerson’s The Lost Code, first in the Alanteans series, tells the story of a near-future earth ravaged by global climate change. Owen Parker is about to learn that it isn’t the first time the planet has been near destruction. Owen’s ancestors were part of an ancient race whose advanced technology once almost destroyed the world.

With the help of a mysterious, enchanting girl named Lily, Owen will have to understand his history and his genetic code to prevent global annihilation. He will also have to leave the bio-dome that keeps him safe and brave the post-apocalyptic wasteland beyond.

Teens fascinated by the dark dystopian world of Divergent and mythology of the Percy Jackson series will want to read The Lost Code.

Curriculet Details
75 Questions
73 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for high school students contains interactive videos exploring static and dynamic characters and tension, as well as annotations describing flashback, mood, and dystopian societies. Students will explore the themes of climate change and belonging. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Homework #6

Kevin Emerson is a writer of young adult fiction. This novel is the first book of The Atlanteans Series. Emerson lives in Seattle and is the lead singer for the band Board of Education.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is Emerson describing here? 
The genre for this novel is Dystopian Science Fiction. Dystopian novels feature a society that is somehow frightening, whether it's on the brink of environmental extinction (like this novel) or has citizens controlled by a totalitarian government. Like The Lost Code, most dystopian novels are set in the future, although not all are. The Lord of the Flies, about a group of British school children whose plane crashes on a deserted island during World War II is an example of a dystopian novel that is not set in the future. 
Why does Leech seem like a natural choice for the leader of Owen's cabin? 
Owen is the protagonist in the novel. Pay close attention to who you think the antagonist is -- this will not be immediately clear. Watch the video below to learn more about identifying protagonists and antagonists in literature.  (This annotation contains a video)
It is not clear in the novel who exactly "the technicians" are. What is your take on them? Do you think they a part of Owen or are they actual people monitoring him from afar?  
Lilly is administering CPR to Owen. CPR is an emergency procedure to keep the blood circulating and the lungs filling with oxygen in the event of a heart attack or, in this case, drowning. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #7

What is the Great Rise? 
Emerson is introducing the theme of climate change and global warming to the novel. The story, set nearly one hundred years in the future, paints the picture of a society that did not care for the environment and now suffers the consequences of the disintegrated ozone layer. 
Where is Owen's mother? 
Owen describes the Three-Year Fire, where a gigantic fire erased all of the forests of the American West. (This annotation contains an image)
Where does Owen live? 
Emerson has said that he incorporated his experience of years of summer camp and being a camp counselor into the novel. 
What is Owen's life at Hub like? How does it compare to Camp Eden? 

Homework #8

Owen describes life in EdenWest as completely artificial. Rather than the real sun, under the dome they have a fake "SafeSun" with artificial clouds and wind. At night they also have replica moon and stars. 
From Owen's tone, what can we infer about his feelings for Leech? 
"Great, twenty-nine days left and I've already been identified, categorized, and labeled" is an example of interior monologue. Interior monologue are the thoughts that the narrator shares with the reader that are not heard by the other characters. The interior monologue is often identified by italics.  
How do the boys in the cabin talk to each other? 
Owen is going against Dr. Maria's advice and following his instincts, which are telling him to get wet. Owen will learn to listen to his instincts a great deal in the course of the novel. 
Who do you think the voice from the lake belongs to? Is Owen right to trust it? 
Edgar Allen Poe was a famous author of dark horror stories in the nineteenth century. Todd is reading Poe's only complete novel, The Narrative of Authur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, about a boy's adventures at sea that include shipwreck, cannibalism, and supernatural elements. Keep this story in mind as you read, thinking about why Emerson has chosen this story to be included in the novel. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #9

Who appears to run the governments of the Eden domes? 
Bug juice is a fruit punch-like drink commonly found at summer camps. (This annotation contains an image)
Owen's instincts are to ___________ Dr. Maria. 
Dr. Maria seems like a warm woman who genuinely cares for the children of the camp. Still, Owen can't help but reflect on his warning from Lilly not to talk to any of the adults about what is happening to him. 

Homework #10

Owen is getting a tour of the Eagle Eye, the intelligence center for the dome they are inhabiting. What do you think that living in the dome would be like? 
Here is an example of what it might look like under the dome of EdenWest. With a base six kilometers in diameter, the dome is around ten square miles inside.  (This annotation contains an image)
Aaron's tone could best be described as 
Notice how the sites of all of the Eden domes bear ancient historical significance. Paul also told Owen that under this dome are copper mines believed to be ten thousand-years-old. 
What happens while the children are in the Eye? 
Leech is an example of a static character thus far in the novel. We see him as a one-dimensional bully and favorite of Paul. Do you think Leech will remain a static character or can you see him evolving as the novel progresses?  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #11

What are Owen's instincts telling him to do? Would you listen to your instincts if you were in his position? 
Owen's neck wounds have become gills, allowing him to breathe underwater!  (This annotation contains an image)
When Owen says he felt like his old self, he means  
Lilly and the other CITs all have the gills, too. This is the first time that Owen has felt that he belongs, highlighting the theme of friendship in the novel. 
Owen feels ___________ from the CITs. 


This is part of a broadcast from the free radio signal that the Nomads use to communicate. They tell a different story than the one being told by EdenCorp. 

Homework #13

Owen has never walked barefoot on the ground before this moment. What other kind of new things is Owen experiencing in EdenWest? 
The mood of a novel is how the writer wants readers to feel while reading it. The mood conveyed in the highlighted paragraphs is one of unease. Something dark and sinister is going on in the idyllic world of EdenWest. Watch the video below to learn more about mood. (This annotation contains a video)
Paul's attention makes Owen feel 
"Like it was blood being sucked back in" is an example of a simile. Watch the video below to learn more about similes and look for more examples of figurative language as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
"Burned a permanent scar in their minds" is an example of 

Homework #14

Owen's worry that Evan doesn't approve of him goes along with the theme of belonging in this novel. As you read, notice how important it is to all of the characters to feel like they belong. 
In Norse mythology, Asgard is one of the nine worlds and is the home of the gods. You may have noticed the references to the ancient world becoming stronger as the novel progresses.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is the internal conflict Owen is having in the highlighted paragraph?  
In this novel, a Nomad refers to a person who is living outside of the EdenCorp domes or any other habitable area, such as the underground Hub where Owen comes from. Being a Nomad would be especially dangerous because of the depletion of the ozone layer, leaving everyone outside of the domes vulnerable to harmful radiation and uv rays.  
How does Lilly think the children grew gills? 
Owen needs a break from all from all of the strangeness and conspiracies, and to act like a normal teenager for a few minutes.  
Quiz #1 

Homework #15

"I felt a little paranoid going in there, a fish swimming too close to the net" is an example of 
Owen is unsure whether or not he can trust Dr. Maria. His instincts tell him to, although he has no trust for Paul whom Dr. Maria appears to work closely with. 
What do the counselors mean by "Rad burns"? How do the Rad burns go with the dystopian genre of the novel? 
Owen and Leech's relationship is a constant source of conflict in the novel. Watch the video below to learn more about conflict and look for examples as you read.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #16

What does Owen want to know? 
Lilly shares the heartbreaking story about leaving her old life in Las Vegas behind as the whole town shuts down. This story goes along with the themes of rebirth and transformation in the novel. The burning of all of the family's possessions is symbolic of a chapter that is closing in not only their lives, but of humanity itself. 
What does Owen compare life in Yellowstone to? 
Emerson uses a great deal of imagery to describe Owen swimming. Watch the video below on imagery and look for more examples of imagery in the novel as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
Lilly refers to the city of EdenWest as Neverland, a reference to Peter Pan meaning that 
The thought of beautiful koi fish, now resembling something more like zombie monster fish, shows what being in such an unnatural environment as EdenWest will do over the course of time. (This annotation contains an image)
The siren tells Owen, "What is oldest will be new, what was lost shall be found." What do you think she means by this? How does this go along with some of the major themes in the novel? 
The siren is a beautiful female figure in ancient myths who would lure sailors off course, often shipwrecking them on rocks. Why do you think Emerson chose a siren for this story? (This annotation contains an image)
Owen's vision could best be described as 

Homework #17

A polar bear swim is an event when people go swimming in cold waters. It's ironic that they would have this event at Camp Eden since the water temperature-- along with everything else in the dome-- is closely regulated. 
Leech's tone could best be described as 
These thoughts of Owen's go along with the theme of transformation in the novel. Owen is undergoing many transformations (both physical and mental), and the way that people see him is transforming as well. 
What do you make of Owen's vision? What do you think that it means? 
There is much speculation, among the kids under the domes, about the Nomads. Who are these mysterious people who live outside of society in this dystopian world teetering on the brink of extinction?  (This annotation contains an image)
"The glass had mostly smashed all over the blast site, like someone had scattered diamonds" is an example of 
We keep hearing about Project Elysium as something sinister that is going on inside of EdenWest, although we don't know what it is yet. The word Elysium refers to the ancient Greek version of the afterlife. How do you think that relates to some of the themes of the novel? 

Homework #18

"Puunk!" is an example of 
How is Evan's view of what is going on different than Lilly's? Whose opinions does Owen agree with more? 
Part of Owen's new instincts let him innately know things about the winds and navigation - the language of a sailor. How do you think this might come into play? 
What do the Nomads talk about on their secret radio channel? 
Owen shares the story of his mother leaving with Lilly. She left eight years ago, and they haven't heard anything from her in the past three years. 
What is predator-prey? 
At the age of fifteen, Owen is experiencing rain for the first time. 
What are Owen's feelings for Lilly? Do you think that Lilly feels the same for Owen? 

Homework #19

A preserve is a designated area of land that protects the plants and wildlife within. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Xane impressed that the Foxes hate Owen? 
The conflict between Leech and Owen has been growing and has now turned physical. 
The combination of the predator-prey game and the fight makes Owen get in touch with his ________ side. 
The predator-prey game is an interesting choice since it seems like all of the children at Camp Eden could be considered the prey of EdenCorp. 
Owen is being attacked by Evan. What do you think Evan's motivation is? Does this act surprise you based on their past interactions?  

Homework #20

The Nomads are doing a raid in EdenWest and Owen seems to be the target! 
Besides Owen, what else are the Nomads after? 
Dr. Maria is crying over the deaths of the Nomads.  
Owen is having _____________ over whether or not he should tell Paul the truth. 

Homework #21

Emerson's writing style has changed to be more suspenseful and fast-paced now that Owen is being actively pursued.  
Owen likely feels 
Again, we see the theme of transformation. It seems that the boy Luk, whom Owen has a mysterious connection with, will have to sacrifice himself for some noble cause that will lead to transformation.  

Homework #22

Owen seems to have an implicit trust in the siren. Why do you think that he feels this connection with her? 
Again, we see a transformation in Owen. "...first a turtle, then a fish, now some kind of action hero." As you read, look for more evidence of the theme of transformation.  
Based on what you have read previously, what connection would the room that Owen and Lilly just discovered have with the site of the EdenWest dome? 
Owen's blood is what the siren was talking about when she said that the key is inside him. 
What has Owen's blood done? 
Keep this boat in mind as you read on.  

Homework #23

What is the significance of the boy Luk? What do you predict Owen's vision will mean? 
Atlantis was an ancient city that sank into the sea. Atlantis, first written about by Plato, is widely considered to be a myth, but there are many people who believe it to be real and have searched to try and find its ruins. (This annotation contains an image)
What has Owen learned about himself from Luk? 
Owen is learning that it is his destiny to protect the earth from total extinction.  
What does Luk tell Owen his special powers are to be used for? 

Homework #24

Terra means the planet earth. Owen must protect the heart of the earth in order for humanity to survive. This concept goes along with the novel's themes of climate change and the importance of caring for the environment.  
Owen's gills disappearing highlight the theme of ___________ in the novel. 
Quiz #2 

Homework #26

Part III of the novel begins with a flashback to Owen's life at Hub before his mother left. Watch the video below to learn more about flashbacks as a literary device. (This annotation contains a video)
Owen and his mother are at the surface to watch what? 
Owen is coming to terms with how different his life will be now that he knows the truth about himself. 
Which of the Atlanteans is Owen? 
So many new things now come instinctual to Owen.  
How does Owen feel about no longer having gills? Cite evidence from the text in your answer.  
Do you think this distance really exists or is it just in Owen's head? 
Owen gained a new found confidence when he got gills. Now that he has lost his gills, he is losing his confidence.  

Homework #27

Owen was right in his instincts to trust Dr. Maria. She has been working with __________ all along. 
Emerson is building suspense here. 
"Whipping back and forth like it was made of rubber" is an example of 

Homework #28

Beaker and the other boys in the cabin look up to Owen because they have seen him stand up to Leech. 
What does Owen mean when he says that he thinks he knows why he was selected to attend Camp Eden? What are all of the blood samples for? 
Remember the DI levels measure the safety of the dome. DI stands for Dome Integrity.  
What is Emerson doing in the highlighted selection? 

Homework #29

Luk is teaching Owen how to sail in a vision. Owen will soon need this information.  

Homework #30

What have Owen and Lilly found? 
The CITs thought that Anna had died, but it turns out she was faring far worse. 
Anna wanted them to pull the plug and let her die. What would you have done in this situation? 
Aaron is going to help Owen and Lilly escape. 
Why does Paul care if any of the CITs are descendants of Atlantis? 
Emerson is conveying a great deal of tension in the last few chapters of the novel. Watch the video below to learn more about tension in literature and look for ways that tension is used as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Owen know that Leech is the third Atlantean? As a reader, was there any way to predict this plot twist? 

Homework #31

Owen wishes that he and Lilly could lead normal lives together, but he is going to follow his destiny instead.  
Aaron's tone could best be described as 

Homework #32

Owen wishes that he could tell everyone about all of the evil things going on behind the scenes at Camp Eden. 
What had Paul been doing with Leech? 
While there were ancient peoples living in Greenland since 2500 B.C., there is no evidence of any connection with Atlantis. Greenland is very far away from Greece, where Atlantis was believed to be, if it existed at all.  
What do you think that the highlighted selection has to do with the title of the novel? Cite evidence from the text in your answer. 
Paul thinks that the Code can be used to fix the earth. Although his intentions are good, his actions are evil. Not only has he treated the children and others horribly, but Luk warns that what Paul is searching for is a sin itself. It will not help humanity the way that Paul thinks it will. 
Owen is having an internal conflict about 
What does Owen say that he wants? 

Homework #33

Despite everything that has gone on between Owen and Evan, Evan comes back to save them. The friendship and camaraderie between those with gills is one of the themes of the novel. 
How will the boys' Atlantean roles come into play now? Do you think they will be able to save themselves?  
Leech began the novel as a static character and has developed into a dynamic character, changing from a bully to someone vital to the Atlantean quest. Watch the short video below on how characters develop and keep Leech in mind as you do.  (This annotation contains a video)
The Atlanteans are aided in their getaway by 
Once up in the sky, Owen feels at home and without boundaries. This is what he was meant to do. 
Why is Owen at the Eye to get Aaron? 
Aaron fooled the Nomads and Dr. Maria-- he was on the side of EdenCorp the whole time! Looking back, there are probably many things in the novel that Aaron did to sabotage the Nomad mission. 

Homework #34

How has Emerson increased the level of tension in the last few chapters of the novel? 
Owen is using the electricity from the dome's created lightening to power their craft. 
Owen's tone could best be described as 
This paragraph highlights three of the novel's themes: transformation, belonging, and friendship. 

Homework #35

Which of the following statements about the siren is true: 
This is similar to how Lilly describes feeling when she and her family left Las Vegas after they closed the city for good. It is another example of the theme of rebirth in the novel. 
How would you describe the mood at the end of the novel? Do the characters seem hopeful for the future?  
Quiz #3