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Dark Eden Paperback – April 24, 2012
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“A compelling read that transposes the best aspects of classic horror storytelling onto a modern backwoods adventure reluctantly experienced by seven terrified teens.” (Los Angeles Times)
“DARK EDEN is a fast-paced thrill ride.” (Los Angeles Times)
“The added supernatural twist...maintains Fort Eden’s air of doom and gloom to the very end. (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
About the Author
Patrick Carman is the New York Times bestselling author of such acclaimed series as the Land of Elyon and Atherton, the teen superhero novel Thirteen Days to Midnight, and the first two books in the Pulse series. A multimedia pioneer, Patrick authored The Black Circle, the fifth title in the 39 Clues series, and the groundbreaking Dark Eden, Skeleton Creek, and Trackers books. An enthusiastic reading advocate, Patrick has visited more than one thousand schools, developed village library projects in Central America, and created author outreach programs for communities. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his family.
Top Customer Reviews
STORY - Will Besting has a fear. Will doesn't have a normal little phobia, though, such as being scared of heights or creeped out by snakes. No, Will has an irrational, nightmarish fear that has caused him to need counseling for a very long time. The counseling doesn't seem to be doing much good, however. His doctor finally admits that she can't do anything else for him except send him off on a week-long retreat with six other patients that have equally frightening fears which she hasn't been able to cure either. Will doesn't want to go, but his parents overrule him and send him to a place they are confident will heal him. A place where the cure to fear is believed to be fear itself. A place where the teens may leave, never able to be cured again.
WRITING STYLE - The story is fantastic, but I will admit that it started out a bit slow, seeming like it was simply describing a field trip instead of a trip to a healing mental retreat. However, the story quickly picked up speed early on and never slowed down again.
With the exception of an intro and epilogue-like ending, the book is divided into six main chapters: one for each of the teens at the retreat with two of the boys squeezed into the same chapter.Read more ›
I really liked the way the fears were "cured" - I thought it was really interesting to see who was afraid of what, and why. And I also really enjoyed the Masque of the Red Death tie-in. I thought it gave the whole novel an interesting twist, especially with how it ends. Because Rainsford - what in the world is up with that guy? I'm hoping Carman delves deeper into his character in the next book. Mrs. Goring too. I really want to know more about her past, and why she even has the association with Rainsford that she does. Especially knowing how and why he cures the teenagers.
Although I initially found Will to be a very strange character (since his fear is not revealed until about halfway through the book), I actually found myself liking and even feeling sorry for him by the time it comes for him to be cured. Especially after finding out why he fears what he does. I really liked the way that Carman had that happen, especially since Will spends most of the novel hidden away in a room by himself watching and listening to the other kids.
I'm pretty excited to read the next novel in the series, since I think that the "new and improved" Will Besting will be a very interesting character. Having him finally able to live without being crippled by his (not so ir)rational fear will bring out quite a lot in him that I think was lacking in this installment.
Overall, I think I would give this book a 3/5.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A slow start learning the characters. Although not being a long book I very much enjoyed the anticipation and the following breech in the 'story break', the flood of information,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Looking for a thriller with a twist? Carmen cures your fears, and leaves you with mysterious side effects. Great early Teen read.Published 16 months ago by michelle
This book is addicting, I read it in one day.
It arrived on time and in good conditions. I enjoyed it a lot and recomend.
A good mystery on the middle school level that even adults can enjoy. This was an interesting book for the weekend.Published on August 26, 2013 by Jane Whalen
I found this story to be very unique, the seven kids are taken to a "summer camp" that was more of a facility for them to face their fears. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Krista Cubicleblindness
I loved the way Patrick Carman told the story of fort Eden and all of the rainfords subjects or life susstainers.Published on March 21, 2013 by madelyn
For me, this book really came through where so many dark YA novels of late have fallen flat. The suspense and the emotions felt real, the path of the story was not predictable, and... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by M. Garrison
Do you remember school book fairs? The ones at my school usually were in the library and there were stacks, bins, and shelves full of paperback books on sale. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by PWDecker