Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
Genre: Sci-fi/Paranormal/Thriller YA
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Source: Received an e-ARC from the publisher on NetGalley
I had no idea what to expect when I started reading Dark Eden. I ended up really enjoying it! The main character, Will Besting, goes to Fort Eden with six other teenagers who all suffer from different fears. Their fears all all extreme (I would consider them to be phobias), and apparently they can be “cured” at Fort Eden.
It’s interesting discovering what each of the six kids fear, and why the fear began in the first place. I liked seeing the characters develop as the book continued. The book did start off a bit slower than I would have liked — Will isolated himself a lot, which didn’t provide much dialogue — but this worked for the plot, and I understand why the author had to do that for the story to work. I liked how everything going on at Fort Eden was a huge master plan that we don’t find out the reasons behind until the end.
And the end … I really wasn’t expecting it! I don’t want to give anything away, but there’s a big psychological twist that I loved, and the ending was cool. It was the type of ending that left me thinking about the book after I’d finished reading — thinking about how far people will go to get what they want, despite the consequences.
I definitely recommend picking up Dark Eden when it comes out in November. There’s also going to be an app that goes with the book (Or that you can use instead of reading? Not sure how it will work) so I’m curious to hear people’s opinions of the app once it’s released.