Review: ‘Dark Eden’ by Patrick Carmen

Review: ‘Dark Eden’ by Patrick CarmenDark Eden by Patrick Carman
Series: Dark Eden #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on November 1st, 2011
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
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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I had no idea what to expect from this book just because the synopsis was so subtle and didn’t give much information. I was blown away by the deception and the mystery involving Fort Eden as I’m sure most people were.

I definitely didn’t realize this would be a thriller/paranormal book. Throughout the whole book you’re literally left in the dark. Seven teenagers with unknown fears have been sent to Fort Eden to get their fears cured. Sounds straight forward right? Well it’s a little more complicated than that. I needed to keep reading. I needed to know what Rashford was up to. Things didn’t add up.

I liked Will’s character. Always questioning things, never believing a word he said. He was smart to be stubborn. Because once you find out the truth, well you definitely clap Will on the back!

There was just enough romance, mystery and thrills to keep you reading. This is a wonderful book filled with twists and turns.



It would have been epic-unforgettable-romantic-awesomeness.
What he does,he does in secret.





  1. Gayatri

    June 18, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    I haven’t heard of this book before but it sounds quite mysterious and thriller ! I am definitely gonna read it! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Grace Lo

    October 21, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    I’ve loved Patrick Carmen’s works for the longest time so I thrown this onto my TBR list without a second thought. Even though I knew next to nothing about the book. I thought your review was very well written, and perfect for enticing a reader into getting the book c:

  3. Suzanne

    June 29, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Lovely review. This one sounds quite good. I haven’t heard of it before though but I think its one for the TBR

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