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This is an odd book. And that's not just my opinion. I glanced over several reviews by other people before I chose to read this story (mainly to confirm that it wasn't horror, which I don't willingly read), and I find that most can't really classify it.
As far as I can tell it's not horror, though there are things in it that might horrify some. It reads kind of like a memoir, a post-apocalyptic dream sequence memoir, written by a panic attacked, female Hemingway.
I like Eden, she's a well written, considerate, thoughtful, "rational" girl. She's a loner with a love/hate relationship with her best friend Veronica who is very unstable. Veronica "Ron" has relationship issues. With men, with drugs, and with herself. Tedrin is her latest boyfriend, and that's when the trouble starts.
Story wise, the book is entertaining enough. Plot wise, there's too much unexplained for my taste. Where the monsters are coming from is sort of covered, we learn that they're coming though portals from some wild plains in another dimension. How the portals work or are generated is completely neglected. Or why it's happening, or who started it. Maybe horror/adventure stories don't need those things. I do and I don't care much for the book personally because of that deficit.
The immortality "condition" that the three characters contract is poorly explained at best, the same for the cure.
There is a lot of language, and an apparent sex change and transgender relationship to make things difficult.
The production quality is decent, there are several "shouting" sentences scattered through the book that the EQ or the narrator's distance from the mic audibly changes. No music.
Van Dahl does a very good job of narration. I liked her voice. She's passionate, and captures the tone of the book very well. If I were to nitpick the only thing that slightly distracted me was the ending intonation of a question or two.
To conclude, it's a pretty good story, just not to my taste.
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I love a good sci-fi premise and in this regard, Eden Green delivers. Where the story diverted from my expectations was the spotlight on the deepest emotions of the lead character. Without providing spoilers, there are consistent themes of suicide, violence, dependency and some drug references that I was not expecting going into this story. I found myself fast forwarding through portions of the heaviest emotional content as it was very hard to get through (perhaps because it was so true to reality and explored to such a deep level during numerous events within the book).
Aside from the emotional content of the story, the sci-fi was great and definitely a story that can be built upon in future novels. I'm actually very curious where this story will be going. However, I will probably not be picking up the next installment for fear of the continued deep emotional content.
Fiona Van Dahl narrated her own story here and did a great job carrying the characters through and expressing emotion better then most of the narrators I've listened to. I would have easily given her a 4 star here except the recording quality wasn't professional grade and came across as kind of tinny. If Fiona Van Dahl were to narrate another book I was interested in at professional studio quality, I would not hesitate to pick it up as she was an excellent narrator.
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What did you like most about Eden Green?
Eden Green is an excellent character. She is a hero that is at once relatable and confounding, surprising and predictable. Van Dahl’s novel is solid and I find myself liking Eden Green as much as I loathe the other characters around her. Which we are supposed to. Great characters and a brilliant story.
What other book might you compare Eden Green to, and why?
There is no easy comparison. It's a brilliant book. I could call van Dahl’s book sci-fi, speculative fiction, urban fantasy, or even new adult in attempting comparisons. It has; Aliens, A virus or symbiotic organism that grants the main characters of the story powers. an invasion. It is set in our contemporary world but with random portals to another world. the main characters are in their early twenties trying to figure out just where and how they fit in the world. Every one of those genre categories would be accurate and yet useless in getting a grasp on just what gives the novel it's brilliant feel. If you like one of these things then give this novel a go!
Which character – as performed by Fiona van Dahl – was your favourite?
I like Eden. She is a focused, rational individual, with a penchant for logic and lists, and a genuine sense of caring for her friend. Eden’s friend is also well done – a scatty trouble-magnet, with the ability to make extremely dubious decisions, usually for all the wrong reasons. I was quickly joining Eden in sighing in frustration at her friend when she appeared on the page and did something incredibly, but plausibly, and regrettably wrong.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There’s some intriguing thoughts in here, ideas about humanity, about what makes us who and what we are. A great book.
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