Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

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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?

Patrick Carman's Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory, and— ultimately—immortality.

 

About Patrick Carman

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Patrick Carman is the New York Times bestselling author of such acclaimed series as the Land of Elyon and Atherton and the teen superhero novel Thirteen Days to Midnight. A multimedia pioneer, Patrick authored The Black Circle, the fifth title in the 39 Clues series, and the groundbreaking Dark Eden, Skeleton Creek, and Trackers books. An enthusiastic reading advocate, Patrick has visited more than one thousand schools, developed village library projects in Central America, and created author outreach programs for communities. You can visit him online at www.patrickcarman.com.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books. 336 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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These include packing him off with six other phobic teens for treatment with pioneering therapist Rainsford at Fort Eden, a cluster of cold concrete buildings in the middle of a dark wood.

Apr 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Dark Eden

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Carman (the Skeleton Creek series) continues to play with the integration of print and digital media, crafting a competent but slow thriller about seven teens with serious phobias who have been sent t

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While the adults grapple with the population problem within this confined space, Alexa follows her passion—to find "a way outside the wall"—and escapes, thanks to Warvold's key.

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Carman (the Skeleton Creek series) continues to play with the integration of print and digital media, crafting a competent but slow thriller about seven teens with serious phobias who have been sent to a last-ditch facility to help them conquer their fears.

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Examiner

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman is a book about a child's deepest phobia.

Jan 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Dark Eden

Book Reporter

Sixteen-year-old Will Besting no longer suffers from his crippling phobia, nor do the other teens who underwent the same intense, radical treatment at the remote Fort Eden.

Apr 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Dark Eden

Teen Reads

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Apr 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Dark Eden

Teen Reads

"Patrick Carman has proven himself a talented writer for young people time and again, and his latest masterpiece is intense, intriguing, and huge on the wow factor."

Nov 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Dark Eden

City Book Review

Two of the characters, Will and Marisa, are well-rounded characters while the rest of the cast is a little flat even though they have interesting phobias.

Mar 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Dark Eden

BookRack

I liked how the book was divided up into their own fears (with the appropriate pictures to accompany it).

Jun 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Dark Eden

Arlington Public Library

The part I really liked from the book was figuring out everyone's fears, it was kind of cool to read about big football jocks who had tiny weird phobias.

Nov 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Dark Eden

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