HarperCollins Children's Books
[November 1, 2011]
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.
So...this was a book.
I'm gonna put a massive disclaimer on this book: This isn't my kind of book. This isn't what I read normally. Obviously, I'm biased.
I felt no real connection to the characters. They weren't necessarily bad characters, though they could be a little irritating, they were pretty well done. Each had their own personality, but I just never felt connected. The whole book seemed like it was about Will and the girl he likes. And even then, I just never had any connection with them.
The story was an interesting concept, but it didn't interest me the way it probably interests other people. The writing and the story idea kept me reading, but I was never really into it as much as I wanted to be.
The ending came along and it was...fascinating? Weird? Creepy? I'm still not really sure how I felt about that ending. I think even if you love this book, you could hate the ending or vice versa. For me, it was just another weird event in the book. Weird things happen often, so there you go.
This book messed with my head a little bit and it was a great idea. It just wasn't a great idea for me and the characters and I never really connected. But some of you guys could really love this book!