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Review: DARK EDEN by Patrick Carman

Posted by on October 24, 2011
Dark Eden (Dark Eden, #1) 
Patrick Carman
336 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date:  November 1st, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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?

    Will Besting has a phobia. And it isn’t the kind of phobia that you grow out of. It’s the kind of phobia that doesn’t let him do anything with other people. School counselors, therapists none of them can help him. One day during what he thinks is just another waste of time at his psychologists office she tells him that there is a special place that he can go to, a place where they could cure his phobias. Will immediately says no but his parents say otherwise they think that this would be perfect for him. I mean who would want to be stuck in some rotting building with 6 other kids during the summer? But he has no choice, and so in the end he is forced to go… To Fort Eden. A place where fear is the cure.

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? But good doesn’t even cover it, Dark Eden was just pure awesomeness. I’ve read almost all of Patrick Carman’s books, Thirteen Days to Midnight, The Atherton series, The Land of Elyon series, and now Dark Eden. If i had to pick a favorite I would probably pick Atherton. But if I had to pick a second it would definitely be Dark Eden, no doubt about it. The main character is a boy which I really like because for some reasons I can’t find any good books with boy main characters. The part I really liked from the book was figuring out everyone’s fears, it was kind of cool to read about big football jocks who had tiny weird phobias. Another part that was really great was the ending and how twisted it was. Mr. Carman really did a great job with the plot and with the characters. He’ll make you think there evil in one chapter and then make you feel sorry for them in the next. Although some would call it a thriller, I don’t think it would be all the way up there with The Dead and The Enemy (which in my opinion are the best thrillers ever!). Sure there were some parts that kept on the edge of my sofa but there weren’t many of them. All in all it was a good read I enjoyed thoroughly.

I rate it a full 5 stars and there really isn’t anything that I didn’t like about it, except for the fact that I didn’t like Will’s story ended. The cover looked cool with its dark colors but I don’t get what the girl on the side is supposed to mean. Oh, and one more thing. Please go to this website and do the Fear test ;)

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This review was written by my 13 year old brother, Calidude!

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  1. Wow, you had me sold! I also have a problem with finding good books that feature male protagonists. I'm really curious as to discovering Will's phobia. I'm adding this one to my tbr pile. Thanks for the recommendation, Calidude!

  2. Wow, Dark Eden sounds intense! I'd never send my kid to a place where they'd constantly be exposed to their fears! But I guess that's what makes it exciting! Glad to hear Dark Eden lived up to your expectations! :)

  3. I keep seeing reviews for this one and they all seem to be good but for some reason I'm still a little unsure. The fact that you aren't quite sure with the thriller label kind of encourages me actually. I don't like things TOO intense. And I think that's what maybe was putting me off.

  4. As a psych student, I'm really curious to figure out what the phobias are and how they'll be treated. I haven't read many thrillers – if any – so I'll add this one to my wishlist.

    I'm off to check out the fear test :)

  5. This really sounds like such a good book!! I can't wait to read it! Speaking as someone with phobias of her own, it should be very interesting reading :)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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