Dr. Harding is the futuristic mad scientist responsible for creating Atherton: a three tiered satellite world orbiting the fallen Earth. But those who live on Atherton don’t know Earth exists or their role in trying to save it. Edgar, a gifted climber, is the first to discover the first of many startling revelations to come: the three tiered world of Atherton is collapsing. A dangerous world of strange creatures and hidden powers with a history locked inside the mind of a mad scientist, Atherton is much more than it appears at first glance. Ages 9 and up

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    House of Power

    While climbing the forbidden cliffs of Atherton, Edgar discovers the first of many startling revelations to come: the three realms of Atherton are beginning to collapse. The humble grove that is his home, the mysterious highland reaml of untold beauty, and the vast wasteland below, where a monstrous danger lurks, are about to be joined. Atherton is not what it seems.

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    Rivers of Fire

    Atherton has collapsed and a new danger is on the rise. The process of inversion has begun, and the Highlands, the center of Atherton, are sinking. Dr. Kincaid, Vincent and Edgar make their way towards the edge of the Highlands, intent on entering a secret underground refuge to find the key to unlocking Dr. Harding’s brain. They must discover how to overcome the threat of the deadly Cleaners, creatures unleashed on the flattened land, before it’s too late. But this refuge holds more secrets than anyone could have imagined.

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    The Dark Planet

    Even though Edgar’s mission to save his home has been accomplished, he still restlessly scales the interior crevices of Atherton, searching for clues about the Dark Planet. He was warned never to go back, but at the encouragement of Dr. Kincaid and Vincent, Edgar discovers the Raven, an incredible way to return to the fallen Earth. It’s up to Edgar to save two worlds, and time is running out.


  1. Donovan says:

    I love the whole Atherton series!I got sad when the books ended.:(But I was wondering if you could make a fourth book or a movie.If you did make a 4th book I have a good idea for one!Please write back!I also read the first Floors book but,I can’t find the other ones.I can’t believe Leo owns the Whippet hotel!Also I LOVE the illustrations in all of your books.Especially in the Atherton books!I Really liked the diagrams from the books.I miss the books already and I just finished them!I miss Dr.Harding so much.If I hadn’t found those books I wouldn’t have lived.It seems impossible that Edgar could climb the wet cliff with a missing pinky!You inspired me to write more stories and I am right now.Also,what happened to Commander Judix?!!Again please write back!:)

  2. Charlie Lim says:

    I read this book around 3 years ago and I just remembered it and how much of a good book it was. I wish there was a movie version to enjoy though.

  3. The Land of Elyon Series and Atherton Series are the two best series written by Patrick Carmen. I don’t know why he left them as trilogies. They should’ve been longer! 🙂

  4. SilverGiant says:

    Whoooop i cant believe this series this is purely AMAZING finished book one and i am AMAZED by Patrick Carmans art!!!!

  5. Jess Kendall says:

    This series is amazing I seriously think this trilogy should become one big movie! I would like to know what Edgar looks like!

    • SilverGiant says:

      to jess k the movie would be GREAT but i think i remember him as a wiry but strong person

      PS this book has a GIANT cliffhanger so big i would have to loose a PINKIE to count it

  6. s.heying says:

    I am a great-grandmother who is a VISTA with Washoe County School District. We are currently working on special projects to raise the standard of literacy in this region. We have 96 Title I Elementary schools in our valley. An extremely high percentage for this area.
    I have a serious interest in books, especially the ‘Young Adult’ books that my 12 yr. old and 9 yr. old Gr. Granddaughters read, and the 10 year old grandson. There are 2 that are not at reading level, but have started them in “Big Adventure” of intro-to-the-world-of-books. I started reading series (pre-approving their requests). I quickly decided the ‘Lemony Snicket” series was a little too much darkness and discouragement, but they wanted it. So I gave in. It did help create empathy. The Maximum Ride Series by Patterson was excellent on many fronts. But I have to say I have a new hero.
    I stumbled on “The House of Power” at my favorite used book store and picked it because the front cover peaked my interest, not a good reason, I know, but what a great find.
    I read it in one night! couldn’t put it down, I am addicted! I MUST GET ALL YOUR BOOKS!!!
    I thought the innocence of the characters, true feelings of young ones, the ecological impact sneaking into the core story line, and the mystery and adventure just about covers everything in the BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG READERS list of objectives. I have recommended the reading to many teachers and co-workers. We are just getting the Middle School and High School programs initiated and I plan to introduce this Fabulous Author P. Carman! The best to you, your family, and Taffy. Keep them coming–faster–faster ! I am going to stroke if I don’t get another one this weekend…Best to you
    SJ Heying, Reno, Nevada.

  7. Lol says:

    I need the summary of this book, not an overview!!!

  8. Gretchen says:

    I first picked up these books some two or three years ago and I think about them a lot. The way reading these made me feel is indescribable but in a good way. I think maybe the best word would be “infinite”.
    All of the plot twists were executed so well and the third book blew my mind. Thank you so much for writing this series. I think a big part of the message I got from them–whether intentional or not–was that everything is part of something bigger and everyone has a part in it.

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  10. mireu says:

    genius story! i like it

  11. Hyouto says:

    I love the atherton series but I think you should make this series into a movie. I Would love to see this book in the theatres.

  12. Logan brown says:

    I had a question on atherton house of power. When lord Phinius shut off the water, did the flat lands still have water. And by the way I love atherton, and I hate books and nevor found them intresting and I’ve never found a book s liked to take my time to read it untill now, right when I read the first chapter I was pulled in to reading this book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the athertons

  13. Crystal Celestia says:

    Love your first book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG sooooooo AWESOME

  14. phillip lorio says:

    awesome book/ i love it

  15. Jeremy says:

    It’s been year since I read the Atherton series, but this morning I found myself thinking about it and what a great movie or two it would make. Anything in the works?

  16. Issie says:

    WOW my class has been reading house of power for the past term and it is one of the best books I have read.she always leaves it at the best bits! We are up to when highlands fall into table to and tabletop falls into flatlands I will definitely read the whole series and you should make a movie that would be awesome

  17. lincoln beal says:

    i love your books i have read all of floors but the 3rd one i am hopeing to read all your books and they made me think about how fun it would be to be a author from a edison student

  18. Amir says:

    Your books are amazing. :D. Just An Suggestion can u please make an Atherton4? Its my favorite series ever.

  19. Raven A. says:

    I loved all of your books very much. You have inspired me to become an author when I grow older and hopefully I can make clear and breathetaking stories for all to enjoy, just like you have. You are forever my favorite author. I hope you cotinue to write more wonderful books in the many years to come! 🙂

  20. Noah summers says:

    Hey, i just wanted to say i loved your books. Ive read all of Atherton and am in the middle of skeleton creek series. . .but my school library doesn’t have all of them unfortunately -_- but i love the ones i’ve read thanks for all the good books see Yaa =.)

  21. kyrie says:

    i love all of your books! iv read the series of Atheraton… or however you spell that. but it was AMAZING! but i have a question for you. in witch catigory would you place your books? i can tell they all are along the same lines, and its, without a dought, my favorite catigory ever. but i have a problem: everytime i go to the library i look for books that are in a similar catigory as yours, if not the same. but i am never satisfied with what i have in my hands when i walk out. Shure it looks good, and sounds satisfying from the overveiw on the back, but about halfway threw they jsut bore me 🙁 its your books that really pop out, and make me sad when they finish. i just wish that i could find more books like yours. any way i adore your books, and you as an Auther to much i remember your name. Haha im not good with names, so if i remember yours, then you must have made an imprint in my life, or you are importend to me. In your case, i think you did both. you are imported to me for your books i couldent live without, and you made an imprint on my life by being such a good Auther. You see, i am quite a wrighter to, and ur books are an insperation to me. Yes i know my spelling needs major help, but if u were to read the book that i have just berly started, then i know you would be impressed. 🙂
    from your biggest fan; Kyrie B.

  22. Noah Robertson says:

    I used to read your books all the time. I read the whole skeleton creak series and i loved it but it kept me up at night. I always felt like George Bush was starring in my window and just looking at me. It was a very uncomforting feeling so i just kept reading more and more. The way you described the scenes where they were was just amazing. I am planning on reading this series because the story line sounds outrageous. I am from Missoula, Mt and I love to read your books.
    P.S. If you could send me an email for a reply.

    • Mellie says:

      @Noah Robertson haha you must’ve forgotten the ghost isn’t the president George Bush, it was Old Joe Bush. It’s kind of an easy mistake but I couldn’t help laughing. Ha, K bye.

  23. taylor says:

    i love how u put feeling into your books (:

  24. Madeline says:

    They’re really good books to read. I recommend them to people who like adventure, mystery, and science fiction.

  25. jeswin says:

    i only read the first book


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