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This book is incredibly frustrating to read, not due to any lack of skill on the author's part, but due to the two major characters that seem hell-bent on ruining Eden's life and sanity. If it isn't enough that aliens are invading, being infected with (non-magical) nanotech that replaces dead tissue up to and including the brain might be enough to drive them all off the deep end. Eden has to find a way to save Earth (with science!) while being constantly beset by manipulation, conflict, murder, amnesia, and maybe a little alien-induced psychopathy.
I consider this to be a skilled depiction of body horror and intensely psychological internal narration. Don't read if you abhor graphic violence, because oh boy is the violence graphic. I felt my own neck was breaking.
Full disclosure: I wrote this review because I felt guilty for getting it for free from the author. This is my honest opinion and may be skewed by my eclectic and indiscriminate taste.
Things start off very confusingly with a protagonist who never really seems to want to share her goals--with herself most of all. As such, we can't see at first why she's doing what she's doing, what kind of person she is, what her life was like before the story begins.
As a result, she begins to feel like a rather weak, passive, bystander protagonist, easily manipulated and always managing to find a rationalization for rash behavior when she even bothers to try and explain herself. Yet, she rates herself as "the most rational" and "7/10" in terms of introspection. These are some of the clues we get that we are dealing with an unreliable narrator.
Yet, as time goes on, we see her suddenly swing drastically into action, attempting to take charge of situations with a fiery determination accompanied by preparation that was only hinted at.
And then, once the parasite infection takes place (one which quite resembles the crucifixes of Dan Simmons' Hyperion Book 1), we see why it is so important to have such confused and opaque protagonist--the parasite doesn't just change her body, it changes the way she thinks, usually by intensifying the parts of her personality that she previously always tried to hide from others--including the reader--with "coping mechanisms".
She slowly loses her self-touted "rationality"--along with many of her normal interests of everyday existence--as the parasite steadily takes more and more of her original self away.
By the end, she is no longer confusing because she hides herself but is still confusing in yet another way.
The only thing I can ding it for is the stylistic elements, like strange onomatopoeias and occasionally strained ways of speaking. I'm sure those would be considered plusses to another reader. And there's something about first-person present tense that is contradictorily distancing and pushes me away until I can get used to it.
Recommended for anyone who likes sci-fi in the vein of The Changeling Plague or Luminosity or Hyperion.
Eden Green is the story of a rational, a little bit skeptical, woman named Eden, who tries to save her best friend Veronica from an alien parasite that has taken over her body, and ends up falling victim herself. Of course, this wasn't an accident. A snarky, mysterious boy named Tendrin who Veronica is irrationally in love with forcefully turns them both to "the dark side." I.e infects them
The most striking thing about Eden Green is the originality. This isnt any parasite. No, the author weaves a vivid image of a body being infested, healed, protected and transformed by tiny, needle-like cells criss-crossing over each other like the sheddings from a pine tree. The concept is so different and the world building is so well done that it surprised me.
I read a lot. I'm rarely surprised.
Now what I love about this book is that the characters are so REAL. Eden is a scientist and thinks like one too, always drawing the most logical conclusion and asking the questions that most of us would have overlooked. While Veronica is a little shallow, selfish and ungrateful, she acts like a person. I kinda hated her for a while, but I realized she's just afraid. We see where her weakness stems from and how she's struggling to find someone who accepts her, and that's remarkably human. Tendrin, is a jerk. Except you can start to see the cracks in his image and start to see why he does the things he does. And worst of all, you start to feel bad for him.
But the thing that pushed this book over from a 4 star rating to a 5 was the ending. I just could not believe what happened....the deterioration of the characters' personalities alone...... Basically, #characterdevelopment and #plottwist
But I don't want to spoil the ending entirely.
I guess you'll just have to read it for yourself and find out.
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