Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dark Eden review

Description: 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.

My thoughts: The mystery aspect of the story was what made me hold my opinion until the end. There was something very wrong going on at the Dark Eden institution, and all but fifteen-year-old Will Besting knew about it (excluding the creepy people who where in on it). This Rainsford guy was finding a way to take away people’s fears, but it was replaced with something worse. And what it was replaced with was actually kind of scary, but when it was revealed what Rainsford could do and why he could do it, nothing made sense. It was just really random. It was random enough that the last few chapters messed up the whole story for me. I just don’t like stories that have parts that don’t make sense to me, and that’s how Dark Eden made me feel, unfortunately.

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