Dark Eden by Patrick CarmanDark Eden by Patrick Carman

Dark Eden

byPatrick Carman

Paperback | April 24, 2012

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When Will Besting approaches Fort Eden for the first time, he knows something isn't right. With more terrifying secrets at every turn, he discovers a hidden fear deep inside himself, a dark mystery a thousand years in the making, and the unexpected girl of his dreams. But can he save everyone from the dangers of Fort Eden before it's too late?

Patrick Carman's Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, the power of memory, and the mystery of love.

Patrick Carman is theNew York Timesbestselling author of such acclaimed series as the Land of Elyon and Atherton, the teen superhero novelThirteen Days to Midnight, and the first two books in the Pulse series. A multimedia pioneer, Patrick authoredThe Black Circle, the fifth title in the 39 Clues series, and the groundbreaking Dark Ede...
Title:Dark EdenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062009710

ISBN - 13:9780062009715


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anti-Climactic Thriller I give the author props for conjuring up a group of characters whose seemingly normal temperaments belie the crippling fears they have within. I give the author props for setting up a creepy world where you expect to be horrified at every turn. I give the author props for writing pages upon pages of ominous scenarios, settings, and landscapes. And as much as I want to say this book will the scare the pants out of you…I, unfortunately, cannot. I don’t know why anyone would say this book can be classified as a thriller when it wasn’t even mildly so. I’m not trying to be a jerk by trivializing these kids’ fears but I felt like the entire set up was beyond over the top. The author made a fanfare out of everything – promising too much without really fulfilling. It was disappointing. I read…and read…and read and waited for that moment when my heart would skip a beat but it didn’t happen. I’ll give you this: The twist near the end almost, ALMOST made reading this book worthwhile. However, it came out of the left field. It was one of those, ‘where the hell did that come from?’ moment. In the end, it was like the majority of the book was a fruitless practice because a major element of the plot was a surprise of an epic proportions. I think this is the first book I’ve ever read where the shock didn’t do much for me. Incidentally, there’s an app for this book. It might enhance your reading experience better. As for me, I think I’ll pass. I’m sitting here and resisting the urge to pull my hair off their roots. I’ve read reviews for this book and I’m completely aghast that once again, y’all left me at the bus stop. VERDICT: I don’t think I read the same book as everybody else. Or…there were some subliminal messages that I completely missed. All in all, this book was a disappointment and a half.
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great twists and turns. I liked this book! ohhhh the twists. One after another it just came at you. The idea of the plot is interesting by itself. A bunch of teens at an institution trying to deal with their own fears. Some of their fears were horrifying and made you want to cringe when you read through them. I liked how the book was divided up into their own fears (with the appropriate pictures to accompany it). The plot was good, the twists were appropriately placed and the overall mood of the story was dark and suitable. The characters were all right, I can’t really say they were likable. It was more like they were just there for your reading pleasure. I liked the explanation and the back story as to why this institution was created. I wasn’t expecting that AT ALL. It’s creative, and different and puts an interesting spin on this story. The ending leaves you wondering what’s going to happen but it keeps you curious and wanting more. The second book is out already and I’m going to grab it. The ending of Dark Eden was good enough to get me curious as to what was going to happen next. YA readers would enjoy this one. Especially fans who want a thriller.
Date published: 2012-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Throughout the whole book you're literally left in the dark. I had no idea what to expect from this book just because the synopsis was so subtle and didn't give much information. I was blown away by the deception and the mystery involving Fort Eden as I'm sure most people were. I definitely didn't realize this would be a thriller/paranormal book. Throughout the whole book you're literally left in the dark. Seven teenagers with unknown fears have been sent to Fort Eden to get their fears cured. Sounds straight forward right? Well it's a little more complicated than that. I needed to keep reading. I needed to know what Rashford was up to. Things didn't add up. I liked Will's character. Always questioning things, never believing a word he said. He was smart to be stubborn. Because once you find out the truth, well you definitely clap Will on the back! There was just enough romance, mystery and thrills to keep you reading. This is a wonderful book filled with twists and turns. Rating 4/5 Quotes "It would have been epic-unforgettable-romantic-awesomeness."—Will (245) "What he does,he does in secret."—Will (313)
Date published: 2012-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book for young male readers Dark Eden reads like your average suspense film. Six kids head off to a mysterious location each with their own specific phobias. All of them are deemed “incurable” and this radical new treatment is their last shot. One boy, Will, senses that something is a bit off about the whole situation and slips away from the group. From a seemingly safe distance, the reader watches along with Will as each phobia is identified and treated. Kid by kid these treatments take place in increasingly gruesome and somewhat disturbing ways. I really like the way this book is laid out. I like that it presents each fear one at a time, instead of throwing all the information at you at once. It gives you time to fully take in and process the situation of each child and it also allows the mystery of Fort Eden to build slowly throughout the novel. There is constantly a feeling a mounting suspicion and dread. You just know something horrible is going to happen to all these kids, but you have no idea what and no idea what can be done to stop it. Closer to the ending, however, the suspensful tone and subtle clues come to an end as you race towards the conclusion and the explanation of what exactly is going on. The explanation is bizarre and it completely took me by surprise. It was an interesting and creative twist. However, it seemed to be explained very quickly and before you knew it everything was wrapped up. I felt like a little more explanation could have been given and more time could have been spent on the big revelation itself. For a book that wowed me with it's slow and suspensful pacing, a rushed and thrown together ending was a little disappointing. This is a great book for young male readers. It's a creative and spooky with some really great twists. There are some weird pacing issues, which can be distracting, but don't really take away from the overall enjoyment of the novel. This and other reviews at Christa's Hooked on Books - http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fun romp with some honest chills. Pros: intriguing mysteries, several good plot twists, very light romance/ Cons: simplistic writing for a teen book, end twist comes from left field/ For Parents: the treatments are a little intense, but there's nothing particularly graphic, no swearing or content/ Seven kids, each of whom have crippling fears, are shipped off to Fort Eden for treatment. But Will Besting, one of the patients, suspects something sinister is going on./ I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand the writing is simplistic (lots of repetition, easy words, the end twist is narrated rather than something you discover), on the other hand there are some good plot twists and a light romance./ The protagonist did some things that seem strange until you discover his - rather apt - fear. Indeed, learning what the kids are afraid of is part of the fun of this novel. As are the hints that not everything's right in Eden./ I'd place this as a teen book for younger readers who don't mind a few chills.
Date published: 2011-11-09

Editorial Reviews

“The added supernatural twist...maintains Fort Eden’s air of doom and gloom to the very end.