Thursday, June 21, 2012
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman Review
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Collins
First book in Dark Eden series
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
I read this so slow. It hasn't taken me so long in a very long time. I'm not sure why it took me so long. I really liked it. The concept is so fascinating. It somewhat reminded me of The Maze Runner by James Dashner. It was really hard to put down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Out of the 7 Will was my favorite. It seemed like he played the biggest part. All 7 had their own part to play but the book wouldn't have been the same without Will in it. I really liked his personality. He was shy but not boring. To me Marisa and Avery were the only others that seemed to play a bigger part than the rest. Avery was just kinda confusing. I loved Marisa because she was the love interest. It took awhile but Will and Marisa ended up being very adorable. I hope their together in the next book.
This book has a very interestingly creepy storyline. The concept was what drew me in(along with the cover). It wasn't really what I was expecting. I really liked the setting and all the characters. The fears were very interesting and the artwork was impressive. I'm super excited for the next book. I highly recommend this because I loved it. 5/5 stars