Released: November 1, 2011
Series: Dark Eden #1
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal
Format: Advanced Reader's Copy
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?
I had mixed opinions while reading this book.
As the reader you're introduced to Will Besting, our main male protag that narrates the book through his eyes. From the very beginning you notice that he's reclusive, sarcastic, and a bit of a kleptomania where he going into his therapists computer and steals voice recording sessions of those who are labeled as "The 7" otherwise known as the teenagers chosen to venture to Fort Eden, to cure them of their fears.
Now some things really didn't sit well with me. During most of the duration of the book Will is sitting in some sort of cellar with tv's stationed around, just watching. With each character they're sent to a room to overcome their fear. The first one it's pretty cool, everyone after that goes through the came procedure, different fear. It was kind of a letdown. The art work in the book was interesting as well, though it's upsetting when the artwork gives away each fear for each character. It is kinda like Rick Riordian's chapter names; they give away what's going to happen before you really read the chapter.
The paranormal twist at the end though did catch me off guard. Though looking back at it, the paranormal nosedive kind of remind me of Mara Dyer's where out of nowhere BAMM! Paranormal initiative sets in. Carman makes interesting use out of it, and definitely threw me off guard. As well, the pace of the books (when they focused off Will and on the others at Fort Eden) was a nice pace that kept up my interest.