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Generations after the breakup of the human family of Eden, the Johnfolk emphasise knowledge and innovation, the Davidfolk tradition and cohesion.
But both have built hierarchical societies sustained by violence and dominated by men - and both claim to be the favoured children of a long-dead woman from Earth that all Eden knows as Gela, the mother of them all.
When Starlight Brooking meets a handsome and powerful man from across Worldpool, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. But she has no idea that she will be a stand-in for Gela herself and wear Gela's ring on her own finger. And she has no idea of the enemies she will make, no inkling that a time will come when she, like John Redlantern, will choose to kill....
Chris Beckett is a university lecturer living in Cambridge. He has written over 20 short stories, many of them originally published in Interzone and Asimov's. He is the winner of the Edge Hill Short Story competition, 2009, for "The Turing Test", as well as the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award, 2013, for Dark Eden.
"This is a world I'm desperate to return to." (Guardian on Dark Eden)
"There's no justice if Dark Eden, with its beautiful, terrifying planet, slowly revealed, fails to bring Beckett awards." (The Sunday Times on Dark Eden)
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By Geoff Kendall on 06-16-15
Fantastic sequel to an equally fantastic book
This is the third Chris Beckett book I've had the pleasure to enjoy, and as with the other two it is one of the best so-called science fiction books of the hundreds I've read. I say "so-called" because as with all the best science fiction, this is not a story of space ships and technologies and aliens, but of the relationships and myths people weave as they seek to understand and belong. Start with Dark Eden then read this. Then read everything else this author has written. Chris Beckett is one of science fiction's greats, even if that fact isn't yet common knowledge. Thank you Chris!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By M.Martin on 01-16-17
What made the experience of listening to Mother of Eden the most enjoyable?
It was great to hear how the colony had advanced since Dark Eden. It is very absorbing story and enjoyed it a lot.
What other book might you compare Mother of Eden to, and why?
Which character – as performed by Jessica Martin and Oliver Hembrough – was your favourite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Greenstone was contenplating death on the waterfall
Any additional comments?
Cant wait for Audible to bring out the next book - daughter of Eden
3 of 3 people found this review helpful