October 30, 2011

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman: Review

Dark Eden
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (November 1, 2011)
ARC: 336 Pages
Series: Dark Eden #1
Genre: YA Suspense
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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?

Review by Kate
DARK EDEN, by Patrick Carman, is a young adult psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Will and six other teens are afraid of something and they are given the opportunity to cure their fears, but at what cost?

This book blew me away. For one thing, it has a strong male voice that not many current YA books have. Another thing is that the story idea is absolutely unique and somewhat paranormal. We take the journey through Fort Eden with Will and each step of the way more and more is revealed. As each teen get's 'cured', Will is on the sidelines trying to figure out what the heck is going on, and so was I! The methods of being 'cured' were shady at best and I read quickly so I could try and figure it all out.

Carman is definitely great at keeping a reader hooked and creating a main character that I wanted to see succeed. I found myself guessing correctly about where the book would end up…to a certain extent. The big 'revelation' was jaw-dropping and utterly fantastic.

There is so much to love about this book I'd like to shout it from the rooftops, but I don't want to spoil this phenomenal thriller. I am interested to see where the next book in the series takes off since this one did a great job of tying up a a lot of loose ends. Take my advice, read it!

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