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Dark Eden

(Dark Eden #1)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,844 ratings  ·  371 reviews
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 fe ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Nov 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya

i am amazed at the high ratings for this book. flummoxed. gobsmacked. bewildered. forlorn. horrified.

if you are new to karen, let me give you some background. i used to be really frownyfaced at the number of adults coming into the store looking for teen fiction. i run the regular adult fiction section, and i used to take great pleasure in telling grown women, "twilight?? why, that is in the children's department." i used to be amazed that so many women in their thirties were reading books intend
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook
Holy freaking cow! Now this is a thriller! I often go into books believing them to be thrillers, when they end up being barely creepy with a romance -or something similarly annoying- taking over the story. Dark Eden was not the case. It had me almost piss my pants! Seriously! I was reading this at 2 in the afternoon in a very bright and cheerful environment, wrapped up in the book, when my husband gets home... He throws the door open and I practically jumped out of my skin! I thought my heart wo ...more
Tomoe Hotaru
Before I begin, please be warned that there will be slight spoilers in this review.

To explain my feelings for this book, I would have to provide some personal context. My line of occupation deals with work related to a vast spectrum of psychological disorders. Dark Eden is centralized around one in particular: phobia.
The first thing we need to keep in mind is that phobia is very different to fear. A phobia is a persistent and irrational fear of something; a morbid fear that renders a person comp
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-book-tour
This story has several problems. To begin, there's a fine line in a suspenseful novel that separates there being too much information given to be frightening, and not enough; this novel was definitely on the side of not enough. For the first three-quarters of the novel, I was thinking, "Ok, I'm interested to see how this ends, but I'm not scared in the least." It was compelling enough to get me to keep reading simply because I was confused as to what exactly was so frightening, because clearly s ...more
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Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Seven Teens... One cure... No escape...


Dark Eden is a YA thriller based on psychological problems of teens. They are not your typical teenagers since they are afraid of one thing only and they have been brought to the "camp" to find the cure. One teen stands out from the rest who's POV this story is based on. While going to his therapist, he stole all the tapes from her office so he could listen to other six teens to get to know him better.

Once they arrive at the camp, he decides to hide and no
I have a light fever going, have just eaten half a garlic and a whole red bell pepper, there is a war raging inside me between beginning flu and my immune system and I'm going to read this book while I wait for the outcome!

If I were 12 or so I probably would have loved this book. A shame all of the supernatural stuff was sort slapped together at the end. It would have been nice to have some of it spaced out throughout the book.

Another review reminded me of the lame lame lamest afterword... wher
Koltyn Krenz
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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I haven't read anything written by Patrick Carman before, and I know I'm poorer for that. He's a prolific author, and one that's greatly touted in YA fiction circles. I plan to correct my ignorance very quickly since I found "Dark Eden" a most compelling novel.

First of all, I was drawn by the inspired concept for this novel. I can never turn down a book about insanity or horrific phobias. Stephen King is the man who ruined me for that. Once I was hooked on his scary was the end for
Rachel's Book Reviews
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The last thing Will Besting wanted to do, was be stuck on a bus with six other teenagers. They all had one thing in common: fear. They were all sent by Dr. Stevens to do the impossible, cure their fears. Dr Stevens had said she knew a man who could cure their fears. As they are told to go into the forest, Will follows his instincts. He runs. He observes what goes on in this ‘therapy camp’, Dark Eden, from afar and knows one thing. Things aren’t what they seem. They aren’t going after their fears ...more
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
Dark Eden had a striking premise, definitely nothing like I’ve read in quite some time, and I had high hopes for it. Unfortunately, the novel didn’t really deliver for me.

Dark Eden starts slow, and I kept wondering what was going on and what each of their fears were, and what the main character’s fear was (though it wasn’t difficult to figure out), and there was so much mystery without the tension I was hoping for. I was wondering, yes, but it was a frustrating wonder, rather than an edge of my
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
The premise of seven 15-year-olds with crippling phobias gathered together at a remote fortress in the woods for one week, with the promise that their fears will be cured definitely drew me in. The engaging and fast-paced writing style made this an easy read and initially, a lot of fun. While the book was age-appropriate for YA audiences, I had a lot of issues with both the characters and the plot.

The characters' development was minimal, and while the phobia-angle was interesting, the fears them
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Why read: Requested from Amazon Vine

What impressed me: I found the teens themselves to be interesting, especially how their fears effected them and how they related to each other. Nothing else really impressed me. The writing was good, as was the story as a whole, but nothing really leaped out as being so good it needs to be praised.

What disappointed me: The pacing was off. The build up was slow, too slow, which made the tension fizzle. I thought the treatments were more interesting than horrifi
I had no idea what to expect from this book just because the synopsis was so subtle and didn't give much information. I was blown away by the deception and the mystery involving Fort Eden as I'm sure most people were.

I definitely didn't realize this would be a thriller/paranormal book. Throughout the whole book you're literally left in the dark. Seven teenagers with unknown fears have been sent to Fort Eden to get their fears cured. Sounds straight forward right? Well it's a little more complica
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pc-books
I started this book at 8am.... and finished by 1pm the same day.... Patrick Carman is such a great author, and this book really blew me away! It is such a neat story with so many twists to it, you can never tell what is going to happen next. The super mega humongonourmous twist ending will blow your socks off, too! It was probably my most favorite book by him, and in general too!
Mimi Valentine
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Not what I expected at all! Review to come!
Kristina Lenarczyk
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Closer to a 4.5 but still a great read! It was so hard to put this book down, and I had not anticipated that ending at all!
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Just how far would you go to cure yourself of your darkest fears? What price would you be willing to pay?

Fort Eden promises a cure for even the most incurable of phobias. A cure that will take you to the darkest depths of your fear, making you confront what terrorizes you the most.

But in the end, if you make it through and the cure doesn’t kill you, you will be able to live a normal life. Free of the crippling dread that once left you paralyzed.

But at what cost? How much of yourself would you be
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Carman you have done it again, you are by far my favorite author, and this continues to be my favorite series that you have written. Dark Eden. It was an amazing thriller of out of the ordinary kids seeking help for different psychological issues they have and find a Doctor who claims they can cure them, but at what cost? Read it yourself to find out.
Alisha Marie
Like the title of this review says, I LOVED Dark Eden! But I sort of knew I was going to the moment I read the premise for it. I'm someone who has always been interested in the different phobias that exist and how some of the more ridiculous ones (that tended to show up on the Maury show...a show I've NEVER watched...not at all) tended to make people freak the hell out. Basically, I'm interested in the psychology of it all. And since this book was a psychological thriller, it had the potential t ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, I read a book that truly jumps off the page and comes to life. Sometimes, when I pick up a book with no idea what to expect, but it was so excellent that I wonder why I never considered reading it before. That was my experience with Dark Eden. I hadn't heard anything about it prior to requesting it from Amazon Vine, and chose it just because it was one of the few vaguely interesting options in last month's newsletter.

What I got was amazing -an excellent concoction of horror and thrill
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Will Besting is afraid. He sees a therapist, but his fears are still set in deep. His doctor sends him to Fort Eden with six other kids that all have phobias. Here, they will be cured. Will strays from the pack when he sees Dark Eden looming ahead and decides to go it on his own for a while. When each kid gets "cured" down deep in chambers the others haven't seen, they come back with strange ailments. What is really going on at Fort Eden? Is everyone really getting cured? What is the price they ...more
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Kathleen Minde
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Will Besting has an untreatable phobia not identified at the beginning of the book, a phobia his therapist states she is unable to treat. However, there is a program that involves leaving his insular life at home and staying at a facility with six other teenagers being treated by the same therapist, also affected by crippling phobias. There, within a week he will be treated and cured. Though it sounded far-fetched, I did want to read more about this facility and discover Will's phobia.

Once the g
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it

Imagine your absolute worst fear and then multiply it by 100. That fear is so severe that it interferes with every aspect of your life-awake and asleep, if you’re able. That is what brings Will Besting and six other teens to Fort Eden, a special ‘Clinic’ where they’ll undergo treatment to cure them of their phobias but what they find there isn’t so much salvation as descent into the unknown where their fears are brought to life a what happens at the end of their time there just mi
I was skeptical about this book, it’s been on my shelf for a while, another Value Village find, of which most I’ve grown wary of now after a lot of bad apples, but it was actually a quick, pleasant read. Though that might’ve been helped by the fact that the power went out at my house and I had nothing else to do.

Either way, it may not be the greatest thing I’ve ever read, but it was interesting enough to hold my attention and finish in one sitting. The story was fast paced and definitely had a f
Reena Jacobs
Aug 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Expect my complete review October 17, 2011 on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer:

Dark Eden started off quite slow. I wasn’t sure what to make of it. After reading the blurb, I thought the book would be a YA paranormal, but the further I progressed, the more it just seemed like a book about a boy with a phobia. In fact, I wasn’t even sure what his phobia was at first, only that he was elusive… and a bit of a stalker.

I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed the book was so far
Lyanndra Reads
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Actual rating is like a 2.5. because there was a surprising something at the end. I don't think I can write a proper review for this because I rushed through the last few pages a bit, not because I was excited to find out what happens, but more because I wanted to get the book over with. So I'll just jot down some of my random thoughts. Here goes:

-Did not hate this book. Did not love it either. I semi-disliked it but not exactly? Books like this make me feel weird.
-Played the "vague and mysterio
Jess (Gone with the Words)
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Although this book is about seven teens confronting their biggest phobias, it is all told from Will’s POV. I liked the creative way we see all of the teen’s stories through Will. Each one gets their own personalized cure. They reminded me of the Saw movies, where the person is alone in a room, except this book is nowhere near as sadistic. Not all of the teen’s phobias are revealed at first and Will’s certainly had a twist that we don’t
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
More reviews at Rondo of a Possible World: YA Book Reviews

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 an 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
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

This is one book that readers should get excited about. I loved the characters, there are seven teenagers to follow-there will be at least two that appeal to the reader if not all seven. They each had their own quirks and...fears, but it was very easy to connect with them. The reader will be rooting for them throughout the book.

The reader will follow Will Besting's character. Will lets the reader into his mind and really holds nothing back. All of the tee
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I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins P

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