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Content Review: Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Series or Stand Alone: Series
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     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.

Sexual Content:

    - Minor


    - Mild


    - Mild

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About the audiobook:

     I really enjoyed this audiobook, I thought the guy who read Will's parts read well and he also sounded like I felt Will would sound. But, Dr. Stephens's lines were read by someone else, she didn't have too many parts, but still, she drove me completely insane. She sounded like she was talking to a three-year-old, I don't know about you, but I'm not three. Other than that I really did like this as an audiobook... Just not Dr. Stephens.

My Review:

     This book exploded my mind. Initially I thought it was pretty good, I enjoyed it, it was interesting, but I pretty much knew what was going on, which was disappointing. And then, boom. Mind blown. I love books like that, ones that I can't figure out.

     Will was cool. It was nice to read about a guy who wasn't perfect, who wasn't the best at everything, the cute nerd, or the perfect jock. He was just Will. And I liked that, it was a nice change and it made him extremely relatable. He's afraid, but not just of little things like everyone else in the world, he's seriously afraid, and he's going to Fort Eden to be cured. There's only one problem: he's afraid of that too. So he falls back on the way there, he lets the other's go into the menacing fort and he finds someplace to hide. He slowly watches them be cured, but there's something seriously wrong at Fort Eden, he just doesn't know what.

     So, if you enjoy having your brain explode, go read (or listen to) Dark Eden. Now.