Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

2011, first in a series, Katherine Tegen Books, Patrick Carman, review, young adult 4 Comments 21st December, 2011

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: November 1, 2011
Source: Publisher for honest review
Published format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary 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.

I’m going to be honest right off the bat and say this book didn’t scare me. I was kind of hoping it would, but it definitely did not. It was a little creepy, but they’re not the same. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t love Dark Eden. It is a bit thought provoking though, when you begin to think about fears, and what you’re truly afraid of. For me, my fear is death, and I don’t know how I could possibly overcome it. It would be nice if there was a cure for phobias.
The MC is Will Besting. I have to say I don’t often read books from the point of view of a male character, mostly because not as many are written as with female MCs. Another reason though is just because I can never really relate to a male character so I don’t get as involved with them as I would otherwise. It was interesting to discover what happens to the other characters through Will, and get his thoughts about what was happening. I didn’t feel like they were all fleshed out well enough though. We only barely scratched the surface of most of these characters, and it felt like they were just props to push the story forward.
The story itself, near the end, was a little confusing for me. What is revealed about Rainsford left me with more questions than Dark Eden answered. Why is the number 7 so important? Why does the process work the way it does, and how did Rainsford discover that process? I have to admit that I’m definitely left curious enough to read the second book coming out next year, Eve of Destruction.

4 Responses to “Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman”

  1. Ashley

    I read this one a bit ago and just… didn’t love it. I don’t even know that I even really liked it, tbh.

    I really need to sit down & write a review for it, but I think, more than anything, nothing really felt believable to me. And the ending left me going- seriously. SERIOUSLY?!

    I don’t know if I’ll read the sequel. I didn’t actually care enough about this book to actually research to see if there was going to be one… 😉

    Glad you liked it better than I did, even if it you didn’t love it.

  2. Natalie (Mindful Musings)

    Hopefully the sequel will answer some of those questions for you! I’ve never actually heard of this book until now, but I agree with you…the idea of facing your ultimate fears is definitely thought-provoking!

  3. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I hear people either love or hate this. It sounds interesting and I do wish there was a cure for phobias. I have the same one, death. But there is no overcoming that. I hate a conclusion that leaves a lot of questions open. But some of this sounds interesting. Check out my Saturday Situation review if you have time Reign Fall

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