Friday, May 04, 2012


Title: Dark Eden
Author: Patrick Carman
Published: November 1, 2011 by Harper Collins Children's Books
Book Description:
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 Thoughts:

With the buzz created by the release of its book 2 Eve of Destruction, I decided to buy this book and read it. I have good experience in reading Patrick Carman's books ( I really dig Land of Elyon Series and thoroughly enjoyed Black Circle) so I have a lot of expectations with this book.
Onward with the review :D

First thing that popped in my head after finishing the book is that it was a well written Goosebumps book.  I found some similarities with the story plot and where the story went. Even the ending and resolution. But I think its a good thing right that series is a big hit back in the days :D

I like how Psychology played a major part in this book. Being  a person who finished a course with psychology on its subject, I can totally relate to the some or majority of the protocol done in this book. I think the book is well researched evidenced by some terms like "Flooding".

The Illustrations were great. It adds to the darkness of the story. But it was a little bit of a give away on what the teen's fears are. Nevertheless it adds to the overall atmosphere of the book.

Will Bestings, the protagonist, has a very good character. Even though he was sick, he has a great character. He is that person who despite of having fear, goes for what he believes in. He has a great sense of adventure in the book and it is clearly seen through his actions. (Although it did not turn out good for him) But neverthless I really like him as a person in the book.

The other characters for me are just average. Nothing special about them. They were just there to add something for the story.

Overall I liked this book. One of the better writings of Patrick Carman. But sadly it does not beat Land Of Elyon. It is still the best series he have so far.
I give this book 4 whales.


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