Have you ever feared something so much that it impacted how you live your life? You can’t do every day things like go to the mall, see the doctor, or even meet new people? In the novel Dark Eden, Will comes face to face with his darkest fear and gets the chance to overcome it.
Will Besting is one of the seven important kids who have to get rid of their fears. Will has one major fear that can’t be cured, or so he thinks. Will used to go to a doctor named Dr. Stevens who tried to cure Will’s fear. After many months of working with Dr. Stevens, she sends him and six others to a place called Fort Eden. When he arrives, Will’s fear kicks in and he can’t go into the building with the others, so he hides in a room called the bomb shelter in a building next to Fort Eden. In the bomb shelter Will discovers six monitors that show the inside of Fort Eden, but the monitors have no sound. One night Will is curious to see what Fort Eden is like so he checks the monitors to make sure everyone is asleep and then heads up to the fort. When he opens the door he feels something isn’t right. When he turns around to go back out the door he sees one of the six, Marissa, sitting on the couch just outside the view of the monitor. Instead of running out the door, Will goes to see Marissa so he can find out what is going on. Marissa tells him all about the owner of Fort Eden and how he says he will cure all of their fears. She also tells him that his name is Rainsfold and he is very old. The next day Will turns on the monitors and sees that someone is talking to the six kids, Rainsfold. At first Will thinks that Rainsfold is just an ordinary person but then, when he is done talking to the kids, he turns around and looks straight into the camera – straight at Will. That’s when Will figures out that something strange is going on in this place…something very strange.
There were many things that we liked about Dark Eden. The best element about this book was its suspense. We all know that a book with no suspense isn’t worth reading, and Dark Eden doesn’t disappoint. Every chapter is a new problem that Will has to figure out. The problems aren’t little problems that require little thought. There is always a big price to pay if Will fails. There are a ton of characters in this story. Having lots of characters made it to hard to follow in the beginning. Many times we had to read pages over again to understand which character was talking. The author loved to keep us in supsense right until the very end - there were also a lot of little hints droppoed throughout the story to keep you guessing. And we were definitely left hanging at the end of this story! Overall, we thought Dark Eden was a great book and you should definitely read it!
Ricky O. and Charles L., EMS Bloggers