Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Dark Eden

Dark Eden
Patrick Carmen

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2011
by HarperCollins Children's Books

My Review:
How far would you go to get past your greatest fears?

Dark Eden takes us into the possibility of dispelling some of the greatest fears in seven teens. Chasing from a group of psychiatrists seven teens are sent for a summer camp at Eden. What they fund is not a paradise, but a dark bunker that has all they fear inside to confront and get 'cured'.

When your parents have no where else go send you, you may end up there.

Dark Eden revolves around seven teen, but mainly told brought the POV or one boy named Will.

Having hacked into his doctor's records in their prior meetings Will has an advantage of being able to understand everyone's histories and psych sessions from hearing their session recordings and seeing their files. With a vague idea of Eden's map Will quickly separates himself from the group and hides in the surrounding woods. Finding a hidden bunker room below the storerooms, Will finds his stronghold that has some ancient security camera video from all over the center, and he is able to lurk around the area while also having an eye one all of the participants. While hiding from the workers and the other teens, Will begins to see exactly what is going on in the hidden secret places of Eden and what being 'cured' is all about.

Dark Eden will surprise you and leave you questioning your fears and cause you to think about what kind of 'treatment' would it take to 'cure' you.

Book Blurb:

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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