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Slow start but engaging eventually. at first it seemed like a novel aimed at young adults. it slowly turned into something more engaging. stock at it!
The book starts a bit slow and it's a very unusual kind of story, but you get into it fairly quickly. The bulk of the book is a great character study, with very real young people in it, but the end fell apart. Even without changing the plot, the end could have been written better.
Much of the subject matter is too adult for the rest of the book. That's not to say it didn't belong there. I think it was well treated and necessary for the story. The problem is that in every other respect it would be a great bit of young adult science fiction -- the adolescent exploration of a new environment, the rebellion against the enforced status quo, etc. are all staples of good YASF; but there's just too much content that I'd say most parents would want to wait for late teens (at least) before being comfortable with the kids getting to deep into.
The story was well read, and the subject matter well treated for all that.
With shades of Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm and Pitch Black. It covers human culture, sexuality and belief systems.
Chris Beckett used his background in social work to create an immensely interesting culture on a totally original sci-fi world.
It's well narrated, well written with a fantastic concept at its heart.
In short, it's everything I look for in science fiction.
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What did you like most about Dark Eden?
On surface level - a thrilling story told in a beautiful and imaginative way. Going deeper, it says so much about life and human character, the structure of society, history... I love a story that makes me think!
What other book might you compare Dark Eden to, and why?
Dark Eden is hard to compare - if you love science fiction, you will find links to so many books, yet nothing quite like it.
Which character – as performed by Oliver Hembrough and Jessica Martin – was your favourite?
I love how all characters are so transcendent - they all change, cross boundaries, rise and fall, play heroes and villains. It so profoundly reflects the nature of being human, the way people never stay the same, they get wiser, make mistakes, become kind, lose hope, ever-changing. A nice change from the flat characters of countless novels.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I earned a gold all-nighter badge from Audible listening to this! Therefore, you can imagine how hooked I was.
Any additional comments?
Loved it! And don't listen to any comments that complain of the abrupt ending - the ending is perfectly placed and timed. There was no more to tell.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful