Review: Dark Eden (Dark Eden #1) by Patrick Carman

Dark EdenDark Eden by Patrick Carman

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Review Copy: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Description From Goodreads:
Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night’s experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?Patrick Carman’s Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory, and— ultimately—immortality.

My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Dark Eden” is the first book I’ve ever read by Patrick Carman, although I can assure you it will not be the last. Talk about a thriller! “Dark Eden” will capture your attention from beginning to end, finding a way beneath your skin.

Everyone has a fear, or fears. But for some, those fears are crippling.

Take seven teenagers suffering from crippling phobias and insert Fort Eden, an institution where the teens are sent to ‘cure’ them. But what will it cost them to be cured?

The story is told through the eyes of Will Besting, one of the seven teenagers sent to Fort Eden by his parents. As someone who likes to look on, to listen, Will steals the files of his fellow patients, trying to learn more about them. Through their recorded sessions, Will is already well acquainted with the others well before he even meets them on the bus for the first time. After being dropped off along the trail leading to Fort Eden, Will separates from the other six – refusing to step foot in Fort Eden. Instead, he watches as they enter, staying put in the woods until it becomes too cold. Seeking shelter, he runs towards the bunker where he makes a temporary home in the bomb shelter where there are monitors allowing him to see what’s taking place in Fort Eden.

Will is a wonderful character. Even though I found myself questioning some of his actions through out the story, I understand why he did what he did. He takes time to study his surroundings and those around him. He’s a smart, brave character and I liked seeing the story from his perspective.

If you’re searching for a thrilling read that’ll leave you on the edge of your seat – give “Dark Eden” a chance. While the story does start off rather slowly, it does pick up pace and there are enough twists to keep you eager to reach the next page.

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Although I received an e-galley through NetGalley, I went ahead and purchased the Kindle book upon its release. The extra content (audio/video) is really worth checking out. It truly adds to the story.

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Posted on November 29, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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