Last year, Will Besting and six other teens were miraculously cured of their paralyzing fears at Fort Eden. What they didn’t bargain for were the debilitating side effects — arthritis, hearing loss, narcolepsy, and dizzy spells. When the sinister Mrs. Goring offers them an opportunity to get back the pieces of their youth and in the process destroy the man that caused them, they jump at the opportunity. They didn’t however, expect once more to be trapped underground in a nuclear reactor, working together to escape the clutches of an evil megalomaniac.
The intensity of this book made it hard to put down. At nearly any point in the book, there were characters in immediate peril, and as Will is forced to play out a game of chess with his friends’ lives, each twist and turn has unexpected consequences. When the final confrontation plays out, I’ll admit, I saw the resolution coming, but it was still a clever ending.
This YA sci-fi suspense does have some rather frightening turns, but it’s a quick story that’s an absolute must-read for fans of the first “Dark Eden” novel.
This was a neat book — a quick read with an interesting twist at the end. A group of seven teenagers gather together at what’s supposed to be a week-long “camp” to cure them of their debilitating fears. I enjoyed following the main character, Will, as he discovers what’s really going on at the camp, and then is surprised again and again by other twists. I had both his fear and his backstory twist figured out before it was revealed, and I had suspected other, more dark aspects of how the camp was run, but it still had me guessing and second-guessing all the way until the end.
Dark Eden is definitely a far cry from Patrick Carman’s other books that I’ve read (“The Land of Elyon” series) but really neat in its own right. Of course, I realized afterward that I’ve done it again… read the first book in a series, when the sequel isn’t going to be out for another two months. This book is definitely a stand-alone novel, though, and I would have been fine with the story ending as it did. I’m curious to see how the sequel is going to progress the storyline.