Saturday, March 8, 2014

[Book Review] Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

Dark Eden (Dark Eden, #1)Dark Eden
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.

Seven Teens... One cure... No escape...


Dark Eden is a YA thriller based on psychological problems of teens. They are not your typical teenagers since they are afraid of one thing only and they have been brought to the "camp" to find the cure. One teen stands out from the rest who's POV this story is based on. While going to his therapist, he stole all the tapes from her office so he could listen to other six teens to get to know him better. 

Once they arrive at the camp, he decides to hide and not associate with any of the people. While he took liking of Marissa on the bus, he can't risk being discovered by whoever runs the "camp" because on his opinion, they might kill him. That's when he discovers a basement with cameras set up where he could watch everyone at the house. Later he finds out that the only way to be cured is to face their fears. 

I'm not even sure what to think of this book. The summary sounded so good but the way it turn out was just a little off than what the idea supposed to be. I really couldn't stand Will and with his presumptions that he was going to die there and that everyone is dead, and there's death everywhere. Once the story got into it, plot twists at the end made sense but should have been incorporated into the story a little different. I did like the website that was presented for this book and watched all of the videos that were pretty entertaining.