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 nightmare - 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.
I teach middle school, so I read/listen to lots of books for kids and teens. The first five hours of this book reminded me of plots from some other stuff I had read, so I guessed early on some of the plot "twists." (which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of five) However, I did NOT see the final 40 minutes coming! The ending was great!
I think if I was a kid (who hadn't read as many books as I have), the whole book would have me on the edge of my seat. So, I think this would be a great book for kids. It's clean (only a very few cuss words) and it could be scary.
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