Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Review: Dark Eden

As a part of the Halloween Queens Book Giveaway week, I am doing a review of the awesome YA thriller, Dark Eden by Patrick Carman. Stop by tomorrow for the next stop on the Dark Eden blog tour. I will be interviewing Patrick and you can enter to win an ARC of of the book!

Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Pages: 336 pages
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Source: Publisher
Goodreads Summary: 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?
Everyone has fears, right? Imagine having phobias so debilitating, they prevent you from living a normal life, doing things that most people take for granted. For the seven teens who are sent to Fort Eden (a sort of rehab for people with severe phobias), therapy to has failed them and this is their last chance to be cured.

The entire story is told from Will Besting’s perspective and he is a great main character. Even though Will is quirky, Patrick Carman writes these little details that make the character so endearing and well rounded. I love the way Will depends on his recorder and listens to everything, preferring audio over video, choosing sounds over words. While we don’t spend a lot of time with the other characters, we get to know them through Will.

Carman does an excellent job of building suspense throughout the book. I was on the edge of my seat to know what all the character’s fears were and exactly how Rainsford was curing them. I’m happy to say that I was a good girl and restrained myself from peeking at the end of the book while still in the middle of it and I was rewarded with the cool way the story unfolded. I don’t want to give too much away because experiencing Dark Eden’s mystery as it unfolds is a huge part of enjoying the novel.

Dark Eden is original, thrilling, suspenseful and an all around enjoyable read. While I recommend it for anyone who likes a really good YA thriller, I especially recommend it for reluctant readers. Another thing I love about this book, no cliffhanger! This book could totally stand alone even though I would love another book in the series.

Content: Kissing, some scary imagery. 

My Rating: Really Good!

Check out the Dark Eden book trailer:


KM said...

Sounds like a good read! And I see that you're 1 follower away from 1,000!!! YAY!!! :)

Shae Carcar said...

I'm so excited to read this book. I won it in a contest but it hasn't reached me yet. So good to know, its a good book


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