Dark Eden (Dark Eden #1)

 
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Dark Eden (Dark Eden #1)
Age Range
8+
Release Date
November 01, 2011
ISBN
978-0062009708
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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.

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4.7  (3)
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4.7  (3)
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Dark Eden (A Room with Books review)
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4.3
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Characters 
 
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Writing Style 
 
4.0
I really wanted to love Crossed, but it just didn’t happen that way. I still enjoyed it overall, but it certainly wasn’t my favorite. So, let’s do this thing list-style.

Dislikes:
1. Cassia and Ky’s relationship. Somehow it just didn’t seem real. It was almost like more of a learning experience than real love.
2. Even though most of the story was spent as a journey, it often felt like it wasn’t really going anywhere.
3. It seemed as if Cassia had taken a step back in her growth since Matched despite all the risks she took.
4. We didn’t actually learn that much more about the Society or the world’s past.

Likes:
1. Xander. Crossed completely solidified my stance as Team Xander! I really admired him for not completely giving up on Cassia and trying to win her affection in a respectable way.
2. Though it seemed Cassia had taken a step back in growth through most of the book, she took leaps and bounds just in the last chapter or so, in my opinion.
3. The duel narratives. Sometimes this bores me, but I really enjoyed hearing the story from both Cassia and Ky.

The Nutshell: Though I didn’t enjoy Crossed as much as Matched, I’ll still be finishing the series when the next one comes out. The duel narratives add a new dimension to the series and I found it quite enjoyable. Also, Team Xander. Just sayn’.
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Dark Eden - Thrilling Ride
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5.0
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“Is it a book? A film? An audio book? DARK EDEN is all three...” Los Angeles Times

Check out the new multimedia thriller DARK EDEN by Patrick Carman. Find out what the buzz is all about.
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DARK EDEN is a thrilling ride! I was drawn deeper into the story as I learned how each character was forced to deal with their individual phobia / fear. The psychological twists and turns kept me guessing and I enjoyed the wild ride as this first book (in a two book series) came to a close. I was definitely intrigued and am now excited to find out how things will resolve themselves in the sequel “Eve of Destruction.”
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Diabolically deliberate
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4.7
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Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0
Love this book, It'll be one featured on my "11 best books of 2011" special for the first of the year
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Patrick Carman is always one of my favorite authors (at least of what I've read so far!) I love all the little things that make sense in the book, but are way cooler if you've read Masque of Red Death (no, not the one Bethany Griffin, the original, Edgar Allan Poe) and several others that I'm going to leave up to you to find. The book is psychological both in the sense of characters and the senses of the reader. It makes you believe that you know everything, not about what's going on, but about how the character sees it. then, it rips the carpet out from under your feet and leaves you breathless. Leaves you wondering, leaves you with questions. And, there's a big moment that hits you like no other surprise. It's like that moment when you tip your chair too far backward. Not to mention the app is super creepy. (I hide behind whatever book I happen to have near.)
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