Hippocampus

The First Book of the Atlantis Revolution

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
314 Pages
Reviewed on 08/25/2013
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Author Biography

At 29 years old, Tom Tancin has sixteen years of writing experience, six years of publishing experience, multiple accolades, and his work has been translated and sold into another language.

Hippocampus (The First Book of the Atlantis Revolution) is Tom's most successful book to date. In 2010, it was posted on Textnovel, Inkpop, and Authonomy to get feedback where it garnered acclaim and awards. It was a Textnovel Editor’s Choice and the Semi-finalist in the 2010 Textnovel Contest. The early draft of the book also made it into the top 150 of Inkpop (now Figment). And it received dozens of positive reviews from readers and writers everywhere. It was published in the United States in April 2012. In September of that year, Hippocampus went international with publication in Indonesia. Following up on the success of the first book, Tom published Echinodea in April 2013 and is currently writing the third and final book of The Atlantis Revolution--due out in Fall 2014.


In addition to writing, Tom is a 7th grade biology teacher and the science content leader for his school. He enjoys almost all types of music, loves to read young adult books, spends a lot of time with his family, and watches action/adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy movies. He calls Pennsylvania home, where he shares a house with a black cat named Govie and a green-cheek conure named Harley.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

Trey sees a tragic scene unfold before his eyes – at the bottom of the swimming pool! In Hippocampus: The First Book of the Atlantis Revolution by Tom Tancin, young Trey Atlas discovers that there is more to the myth of Atlantis than anyone suspects. With a jewel given to him by the man who he thought of a ‘Grandpa,’ Trey is mentally connected to the world of Atlantis and a young sorceress, Aerian who pulls him into that world through strong magic. Once in Atlantis, Trey quickly learns that he is actually the ruling Prince but has to defeat the evil Knights of the Abyss who are trying to take over. With the help of a variety of people dedicated to the Royals, Trey manages to rescue Aerian and try to establish a sort of peace until he can figure out what to do next.

Tom Tancin has brought the imaginary world of Atlantis alive with exciting characters and amazing action. The lore of the famous mythical city lost under the sea is combined with unique science fiction elements and plenty of human interaction in this tale of deceit, murder, and redemption. Trey Atlas is a typical teenager but then finds himself in the position of Prince of a realm he never even knew existed. Through the efforts of his archaeologist mother and his ‘Grandpa,’ the sorcerer who removed Trey as a baby from Atlantis, Trey grows up to fulfill the 10,000-year-old prophecy that is the only way Atlantean society can be saved. For excitement and a look at an intriguing mix of reality and fantasy, Hippocampus is a wonderful read.