Book Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

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Dark Eden

by Patrick Carman

Published: 11/1/2011 byHarperCollins Children’s Books


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.

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The Bookish Brunette thought:  
Oh how I love to be shrouded in cryptic conversation, that hints at what awesomeness is to come…That was my first thought as I started reading Dark Eden. What? I take notes, okay? Dr. Stevens is tirelessly trying to convince Will that Fort Eden, a place that specializes in helping kids overcome their fears, is the best chance he and six others has for getting help… Because she obviously can’t give it to him.

“Where is this place I’m not going to, and who are these people I won’t be meeting when I don’t get there?” ~Will

Ha! Win. This is something I would have said to some crazy lady trying to send me off to a Fort in God only knows where to overcome my “fear”. Will ends up losing that battle but has an ace up his sleeve, since he hacked the good doctor’s computer and stole all the files on Fort Eden…  and the audio files on the six other patients who were going with him.

“the fort was like the anti- Eden, the place left over after the fall of man-kind.” ~Will, upon seeing Fort Eden the first time.

Will knows what awaits them inside Eden and he isn’t having any part in it. Instead, he flies under the radar, sneaks in through the kitchen where mean old Mrs. Goring spends most of her time and hides out in the basement. While one by one the other six chosen face their deepest, darkest fears- as Will watches like a voyeur from a secret room set up like a mission control.

Slowly Will builds a relationship with Marisa (one of ‘The 7′) through stolen meetings and whispered conversations. But, there’s a traitor in their midst… Is Marisa her? Can Will withstand the moment of truth? Will any actually of them survive Fort Eden?

Carman pulls us in a deep web of fears, life and the ultimate deceit of the one they all trusted the most… Wow! This book was seriously awesome! Toward the end, I kept glancing at the page number- thinking, “No way will he be able to pull off a satisfying ending to complete this freaking heart-stopping book.” And then… he DID. Carman even took it one step further and threw in a twist I absolutely NEVER saw coming.

Dark Eden was quick, clever and completely satisfying. At first I thought I would have liked to know the characters a little better than I did… but when you experience their greatest fears, along with watching the entire plot unfold around them- while they are completely oblivious to the severity of the events taking place… it’s actually very, very intimate. So I think some detachment was the entire point.

Bottom line- I’m now on the prowl for more of Patrick Carman’s books! I do believe I have another addiction that needs sated!

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16 Responses to Book Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

  1. Ashley says:

    Interesting review. I'm going to admit that I genuinely didn't like this book. I didn't think that any of it was actually realistic and the twist at the end was more of a- Seriously? THAT is where you are going with this?! *Cue much eye rolling movement. But I'm glad that someone liked it… :P

  2. YAY! I'm so glad you liked this one! I've wanted to read it for a while now, and it sounds so creepy and dark and completely different from other books I've read, and I like being able to add quick and clever to the list! :) Awesome review, Ashley! LOL you're totally right, though! Reading about people's deepest, darkest fears? It's like reading a diary sometimes! (Coming from a girl with a phobia herself!)

  3. I take notes too :PLove this review!Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  4. Jenny says:

    "At first I thought I would have liked to know the characters a little better than I did… but when you experience their greatest fears, along with watching the entire plot unfold around them- while they are completely oblivious to the severity of the events taking place… it's actually very, very intimate. So I think some detachment was the entire point."EXACTLY! I wasn't overly attached to any of them, but in this case it worked really well because it just added to the isolation we were supposed to feel. So glad you loved this one too Ashley!

  5. Wow love the review girl. Def need to check this book out! O and I take notes too! Have a great Halloween girl!

  6. I take notes too : ) This sounds really cool. I love how you note that while you at first thought you wanted to get to know the characters better, watching their fears is sure one way to get to know someone. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for this one.

  7. StephanieD says:

    I love that you take notes too! Except my notes aren't as detailed as that very telling first sentence that you had. Very insightful review, Ashley!

  8. Tina says:

    You make every review so fun…:D Im keeping my fingers crossed that I win this from Jenny (did you hear that Jenny…I want to win!!!)Im glad this rocked your face off..I want my face rocked off when I read it too…!!

  9. LOL! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who keeps looking at the pages left thinking "no way!" and worries. I'm not alone! :DThis really sounds like a good book. I needs to read it!

  10. This does sound like a terrific read and I have a feeling that twist is a love it or hate it thing.Can I say I love the comments you have gotten too. It seems everyone has a strong a reaction to this book. Going on my Christmas list!

  11. Okay, so I'm mostly in agreement with you. I seriously don't know why I have such issues with the ending of this book. I mean, in all reality, I should be happy for the epic twist of fate that is the ending of DARK EDEN. I guess I'm just pissed at the whole downfall of the "patients". But, you are totally right in that the detachment from the characters was a good thing. Seeing all their fears was like an intense development of itself. I guess I just hate how the baddie does not get his just desserts at the end of the book. Plus, it took me awhile to reconcile myself to the fantasy portion of it all. I so need to stop rambling. I think I just need to go workout or something. Bye, love!

  12. Aurian says:

    Great review, and so not a book for me! But glad you like it.

  13. Candace says:

    I've read tons and tons of reviews of this book and all were good except one (Ashley at Basically Amazing) but I still really am not sure it's the book for me. I mean, I think this is the kind of book that could really freak me out. But maybe one day I'll pick it up from the library and give it a try :) Glad you liked it though!

  14. Kathy says:

    I have heard awesome things about this one, so of course I am going to have to read it.Great review, and I love that the main character seems to be taking charge and doing things about the situation he finds himself in.

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