Title: Dark Eden
Author: Patrick Carman
Genre: Y/A, Thriller
Format: ARC from AWTW Tours
Release Date: November 1, 2011
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.
I really enjoyed Dark Eden a lot. I thought that it was very suspenseful and leaves you guessing right up until the last page. I found the premise for the book to be very interesting, 7 teenagers who all have phobias. They are all sent to a rehab center via a suggestion made by their therapist. Hoping to calm their fears.
I really liked that the story is told from Will's point of view. Will to me was a very interesting character that I was able to connect to and liked from the very beginning. For me personally, it was very interesting to watch this story unfold through his eyes.
Overall, I thought that the other characters were pretty well developed. Though I would have liked to have read a little more about them. Each phobia is unique and in my opinion well researched. There were times throughout the book I thought it was moving a little slow, but soon came realize that it was just a build up to major suspense. This is another one of those books where you have to know what's going to happen next. It's also pretty fast paced. I will defiantly be buying a finished copy of this book once they are available!