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"Crashing Eden took me on an entertaining and thought-provoking journey, and I enjoyed every moment. The story is part fantasy and part mystery, with splashes of suspense, inspiration, and even romance. I loved the characters."

Darcia Helle--QuietFuryBooks.com

Fiction for a New Age    
 
"Sussman is a skilled writer. ...Imagine an engrossing tale that samples the angst of Catcher in the Rye and insight of Ordinary People, barrels toward Johnny Mnemonic, and then smoothly sails past The Celestine Prophecy toward a truly unexpected climax."

Compelled By Words    
 
"I wish I could give this book ten stars! I could not put it down.  ... If I were to recommend ANY book to someone who hasn't yet ventured into the teen genre, it would be this one."

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"Crashing Eden is written with much intelligence and sprinkled with great humor. It is ultimately a feel good story of the possibility of a nearly perfect existence in a badly scarred world. Beautiful, lyrical, and endearing, it will stay with you long after you've finished reading."
 
Charlene Mabie-Gamble

About the Author

Michael Sussman is a clinical psychologist and writer. He is the author of A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy and the editor of A Perilous Calling: The Hazards of Psychotherapy Practice. His debut picture book--Otto Grows Down--features illustrations by Scott Magoon. Crashing Eden is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477444890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477444894
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,217,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must admit that I didn't catch on to the religious theme of this book right away. If I had, I don't think I would have given it a chance. I am more of a spiritual being and while I do consider myself Buddhist, I don't always follow that to the tee either. I tend to shy away from anything with a religious tone. That being said, I'm VERY glad I decided to read this book. I absolutely loved it and it is actually the best book I've read so far this year!

We follow Joss, a tortured soul who seems to do bad in everything that he does. He's a miserable human being to say the least. His mother hates him, he feels responsible for his brother's suicide and everyone at school has labeled him unworthy of friendship. Then after a freak accident he starts hearing this OM sound and feels what he thinks is enlightened. Suddenly his life is turned upside down and the adventure is only beginning!

Michael Sussman really did his research with this book. You can tell that he's very knowledgeable about the things he's discusses, and it makes you want to hang on to his every word. He also mixes various religions so that it's not simply about one religious belief. The fact that he talks about Buddhism as well made me all warm and fuzzy inside! If I were to recommend ANY book to someone who hasn't yet ventured into the teen genre, it would be this one. There are no sparkly vampires or sexy hot werewolves, but it makes you think about things in a different perspective, religious or not. And for anyone who knows me, for a book like this to move me, that is pretty effing impressive!

I wish I could give this book ten stars! I could not put it down. I love a book that makes you want to research things that are talked about in it.
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Gnosticism is the belief that the material world should be shunned in favor of the spiritual world. With that theme in mind, Michael Sussman created a brilliant YA novel, Crashing Eden.

Joss, a self-described "seventeen-year-old punk" bullied his brother unmercifully until a neighbor took over the chore. Not surprisingly, Eli, a middle school student, hung himself in his brother's closet. In a revengeful rage, Joss burned down the neighbor's house disfiguring the neighbor's sister, Alessa. The novel opens with Joss recently returned from juvie. Though he's trying to turn his life around, it's tough with bickering parents and relentless depression. All things change when Joss runs into a park car's opened door while riding his bicycle without a helmet. The teen ends up in the ER of a Boston hospital with the unique ability of hearing a weird "OM" sound.

The young woman, whose car Joss wacked, visits the teen's hospital bed. When Joss reports to Shakti the sound he's hearing, she believes he's tapped into the Shankman Frequency, the heavenly channel piping in the sounds of heaven. Shakti, a graduate student at Harvard University and her boyfriend are developing a device that would enable the listener to hear the "OM" from heaven, a sound that brings the individual instant peace and contentment. This young couple wants everyone to be able to crash Eden.

In an easy reading style that YA readers love, Sussman has created a quick page-turner novel that will keep his readers riveted from the first to last page. Throughout it all we watch Joss mature as he tries to overcome obstacles that may lead to the end-of-times.

Michael Thal is the author of "The Legend of Koolura".
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*This book was received as a Free Advanced Reader's Copy*

This book was not at all what I expected it to be. I expected Dystopian, the title and cover seemed to point to that, but while I might consider it slightly dystopian, I actually considered it more theology and fantasy and a little bit of other stuff thrown in.

Joss has been a troublemaker most his life. After the death of his brother, things just went a little crazier for him and after spending some time in Juvie, he gets to return home to his parents and his sister. But then after a bike accident, he begins to hear strange things, and it completely changes his outlook on life. Instead of the anger he was feeling, it melts into peace and understanding, and with the help of some chance encounters, he also discovers that the sound is a part of something more. It unlocks Eden, sends those who hear it crashing into the forbidden and as it catches on, the one who threw humans out of Eden begins to notice, and is not happy at all.

I like Joss. Despite what a terrible person he seems to have been you can't help but like him. He is just that relate-able as a character. I even liked his little sister, she was charming in a way although at times much wiser beyond her six years. That being said his mother was just way out there. I'm sure there's really people out there like that, but I just couldn't like her at all. And I found Alessa, a girl he hurt, a bit unbelievable too. It seems to me that forgiveness is a hard thing to reach, and she reached it so easily. So maybe she's just a better person than me, who knows.

The plot was very interesting. I liked the theology thrown in, although if you are a very strict Christian, this may not be the book for you.
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