Book Review | Dark Eden

Title: Dark Eden

Author: Patrick Carman

My Review:

Along with 6 other teenagers, Will Besting has been asked by his doctor to go to Fort Eden. At Fort Eden, each of the teenagers will be offered the opportunity to help overcome the various fears that each of them has so that they can live life normally. But instead of confronting his fears through the uniquely designed process developed by Rainsford, Will hides in the basement and discovers a truth more terrifying than any of their fears.

One by one, Will watches the other kids get cured. However, there is a price that each of them pays. If Will becomes cured, what part of himself will he sacrifice?

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman sounded unique, unlike everything else that is out there right now, so I jumped at the chance to read an early copy of it. Just as quickly as I read the book, however, I have forgotten it. Because Will is the narrator of this story, I know him the best of any of the 7 kids presented in the novel. But I could never quite figure out what was going on, or what kind of setting I should picture surrounding the kids that were occupying space in my mind.

It’s only in the last 18 pages where everything finally came together for me, and I understood. The execution of the rest of the novel just felt so poorly done to me. I didn’t understand these characters or know who they were, and Rainsford, who is a terrifying man, never felt all that scary to me–and he really, really, should. There is also a little bit of a romance going on here, but I felt like it was just thrown in there to appease any female readers who primarily read books that feature love triangles or other similar devices.

I do have to give credit where it’s due, however. Dark Eden doesn’t come out until November 1st, but potential readers can experience Dark Eden through a downloadable app that might actually be necessary to fully understand what is happening in the novel. I regret to say that I jumped right into the book rather than checking out any of the online features first, and I’m just now discovering all of the supplemental materials.

My advice? Watch the trailer:

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And download the app for your Apple device, or download the app for Android.

Dark Eden hits the bookshelves November 1st. If you love the trailer and the app, then make sure to pre-order your copy of Dark Eden today!

*I received a copy of this book to review but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my experiences while reading this novel.*


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