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After Eden

(After Eden #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,221 ratings  ·  306 reviews
Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she's hooked. On the face of it, he's a typical American teenager. So why doesn't he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn't heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he's taking in her.

As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his
Paperback, UK Release, 288 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books (first published August 16th 2013)
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1.5 stars

After Eden is your typical YA sci-fi novel. Basically, there's a really hot and gorgeous guy (Ryan) who appears out of nowhere. All the girls at school are fawning over him. All the guys are jealous of him. And when Eden meets him, she feels an attraction to him immediately. He's not just a pretty face (Ryan insists himself he's a gorgeous face, not just pretty), he's also awfully smart and has a fantastic grasp on astronomy. However, he seems to k
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Flat, scientific, artsy, teens, true-love.

So, I'm not a fan of time travel. And I really didn't understand it in this one (they majorly changed the past, surely that'd change the fact that timetravel was even discovered?!) and it annoyed me.

But this story was sweet in a way, and a quick read.

I was disappointed by the two dimensional characters, they were very flat. Eden was perhaps the worst of the lot, and she was the main character. I meant that I couldn't get invested in the story.

Zemira Warner
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Eh, what a mess this book turned out to be. I'm really disappointed. There were so many things I didn't like. I can't think of any redeeming quality. Nothing. I often get trapped by the cover when requesting books on NG. I must seek help if I play to move from this state.

Eden's life changes when a new guy shows up at their school. Ryan's a bit weird. He doesn't remember basic historical facts and acts weird, in a way. Eden's best friend Connor hates Ryan because he's been in love with Eden sinc
When new boy Ryan Westland starts at her school, Eden knows there's something different about him, and it's not that he's American. He seems like a normal teenager, except for the fact that he doesn't seem to be able to recognise basic things, like pizza. And he's never heard of Hitler. Who hasn't heard of Hitler? Little things like that create the one big mystery that is Ryan. But these are things that can be explained away, however unlikely. Eden and Ryan gradually spend more and more time tog ...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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When I heard that this book had time travel and sci fi elements in it, I was immediately intrigued, but overall it was a disappointing. Not because it was badly written by any stretch, but because it felt like it was written for a middle grade audience.

Eden is instantly attracted to the new, mysterious boy Ryan who shows up at her school and is intrigued when he seems interested in her. Ryan seems confused as he doesn’t know
Stuti Rai
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hot-like-meh, sci-fi
Know of those slide arts? Or whatever they are?

The paintings that are collections of differently ambient layers of drawing that, individually, are distinct but bring them together they either create a breathtaking piece of art or just a randomly put together piece of crap.

After Eden's made up of many levels of layers and falls in between, leaning towards the side of crap.

Level 1:The lowest, the one that only provides a slight background to the whole scene since so many have been stacked on top o
2 stars

Oh dear. After Eden, what can I say? Perhaps I can start with that I should have known better. I was tempted by the time traveling, the starry cover, which all hint to the kind of sci-fi I easily fall for. But I should have paid more attention to the obvious instalove inherent in the synopsis. I should have listened to my gut. While to a certain extent I really liked the sci-fi part of this, it was wrapped up in this sadly irritating instalove coating with a stupid main character.

I guess
4.5 Stars
After Eden is an interesting sci-fi novel that I loved endlessly and could not put down until I was finished.

After Eden is set in the modern day following a girl named Eden who is just... ordinary. Until Ryan Westland rolls into school and sits next to her in art class; everything changes. He might look like a normal schoolboy on the outside, but why does he lack the general knowledge that a teenager, living in this century, should know? For instance, how could someone not recognise pi
Jody McGrath
Eden and Connor have been best friends forever. Nothing has ever come between them, that is until new boy, Ryan, enters their school. Ryan is different from the get-go, not just hotter, but just straight out different. He had never seen pizza before. He had never heard of Hitler. He drove a brand new car, yet he was too young to have his license. Eden and Ryan hit it off right away, but she just couldn't put these things out of her head. And why was Conner jealous, while Ryan kept asking about C ...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Can we just take a moment to stare at that gorgeous cover? It's so vibrant.

I enjoyed this. No, I really enjoyed this. After Eden is a beautifully crafted, enthralling and exciting read. I fell in love with all of the characters, and couldn't get enough of the unique premise and plot. This was so good.

From the moment I opened this book, I fell in love with the setting - Perran. The descriptions were detailed, and I could picture all of the settings so vividly in my mind. I was a
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

I liked the sf part of the story fine, and could have enjoyed this one (though it was never going to be When You Reach Me level good), except for Eden herself, who struck me as vapid with a hefty helping of irritating.

Major irritation highlighted in the scene in which Eden, going to study* with her "best friend" Connor, but knowing she'll see Ryan after, puts on her "shortest skirt" and sprays herself head to toe with perfume. 1) She'll suffocate poor Connor when they're trying to stu
♥ Sarah
Jan 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'll make this short and sweet.

So get this: Ryan's a 17 y/o alien (kind of) and a time traveler from the future. He was sent from the future to save the world! (The world, as in, our world: Earth.) But then things go awry when he unexpectedly "falls in love" with Eden... Then things get further complicated when Eden discovers the truth, which not only compromises the entire mission, but could possibly cause serious consequences, and ultimate bodily harm: death.

Sound fun?

It wasn't.

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Sometimes book blurbs reveal way too little to the reader and the reader really has no idea what to expect from the book. Then there are books like After Eden, where you read the description and you have the entire plot mapped out clearly for the reader. I really feel as if the blurb for After Eden revealed way too much and that it should have been more ambiguous and enigmatic. There's really no fun in reading a book where the reader knows almost every plot element a
Sarah Elizabeth
3.5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Eden doesn’t fall all over herself when new boy Ryan starts at her school, but she can’t help but develop feelings when he seems to like her.
There’s something odd about Ryan though, and Eden can’t help but notice that he doesn’t know who Hitler is, and doesn’t know other everyday stuff either.
Why is Ryan different? And how long will it take Eden to figure it out?

This was an interesting YA story about love and duty.

Eden was an interesting c
I just had this lying around, and ugh... The voice of the protagonist was just so unrealistic to me. I just couldn't get into it. The sci-if aspect of it was the only decent factor for me. 2 stars. ...more
Tilly Currer (Hardcore Heroines)
Happy book birthday to Helen Douglas!
*Thanks so much to Bloomsbury Children's who gave me an ARC, this in no way affected my review*

I published this on my blog on Monday, but forgot to put it on Goodreads!
After Eden is written in the perspective of a 16-year-old girl called Eden who starts becoming friends with the new guy in school–deliciously attractive Ryan. Sometimes I found Eden to be a tad one-dimentional. Sure, I related to her in quite a few ways, but she wasn’t the kind of character I a
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thanks you Bloomsbury*

“I tried to imagine myself as an old lady, grey and wrinkled, with my life behind me. And suddenly I knew what I wanted. Not in the details, but the broad sweep of things. I wanted my life to be like one of my favourite books: a big, fat novel, each page filled with smallwritten words as though the only way to cram so much life in was to make the writing really small. I wanted to be brave, take risks, make a difference, fall in lo
3.5 stars

When the gorgeous new boy Ryan starts at her school Eden is just as attracted to him as the rest of the girls are but she is the only one who notices that there is something just not quite right about his reactions to certain things. How can a normal teenage boy not recognise pizza and surely everyone has heard of Hitler haven't they? The more time Eden spends with Ryan the more questions she has about him and she becomes determined to get to the bottom of his secret. She's in for quite
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Eden meets new boy Ryan and he is kind of strange. When Eden accidentally brings home a book called My Journey to Eden written by Connor she learns that Ryan is from the future. Ryan knows that Connor gets his heart broken by Eden and then discovers the planet and names it after her. Ryan has to stop that from happening. Most things were well explained. Like I was wondering how that would help since someone else could discover it but Ryan explains that it is only visible about every 800 years.

Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
17 % into the book and what is it about till now?

Ryan is gorgeous. (Every girl wants to date Ryan)

Ryan has beautiful muscles (Does he lift?)

Ryan can draw (Eden can’t).

Ryan knows a lot about astronomy (but not about history).

Ryan is vegetarian (What a coincidence - Eden is too)

Ryan is Mary Sue and the story/plot in this book is like Waldo - you can’t find it. It is about how amazing Ryan is and how normal is Eden. And he seems to like her against all common sense. (How exciting).

I think I will go
Melissa Landers
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lucky-13s

I'm an unrepentant romance junkie and a sci-fi lover to boot, so this book was right up my alley. Eden and Ryan were so incredibly sweet together! The mystery behind Ryan's presence kept me turning the pages and guessing (incorrectly) until I wound up finishing the book in a day. And THANK YOU, Helen, for giving me a satisfying ending. No cliffhangers here! (Woot!)

Saruuh Kelsey
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Contemporary parts that reminded me of my own school days but NOT in a bad way, a realistic, authentic setting I could picture clearly, genuine characters, pretty darn cool story, and cute romance. This book has everything.
Charli - To Another World
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Before I say anything, please admire the cover. Isn't it beautiful?! It may be a favourite cover of the year, this one! After Eden follows Eden, who meets a boy who seems just a little bit mysterious. She finds out many different points before she manages to figure out the puzzle, and has to do something about it.

My key point about this book is how unique it is. It's a time-travel contemporary with that added splash of romance, and a subtle love-triangle!
This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.

I enjoy stories about time travel, but one of my big challenges can be trying to wrap my mind around the science. Often, an author's explanation can be so complex that I eventually give up trying to figure out whether the author has covered all the bases involving the paradoxes of time travel. In After Eden, Helen Douglas keeps the science simple and accessible, but there were some plot points that didn't make sense. For just one exampl
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
After Eden is a PHENOMENAL read! I have to say that I am starting to love this sci-fi dystopian genre because it has all the elements in it that make for a great movie or even TV show. In after Eden we get to meet Ryan, Eden, and Connor. These are three main characters of the story and what a story it is. I love time travel and I love a love triangle and in this case it all fits in just right because of the way the story unfolds.

We start the book out where Connor and Eden are at a club partying
Jane Yates
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Audio Review

Helen Douglas first book is a triumph.
After Eden is a young teen Sci-fi novel set in a modern time frame in Cornwall UK. The main character Eden is a normal run of the mill teenage girl who suffers the same teenage angst as the majority of girls so is easy to relate to.
One day a drop dead gorgeous new boy called Ryan Westland sets hearts a flutter at her school. He seems interested in Eden, and they slowly become friends. However Eden raises suspicion about Ryan, as he seems to have
Gorah Books
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

Ryan is a brilliant character – even as a male reader the love interest part had me turning the pages – and by the time Eden started working out his true identity and his reason for being at school, I was totally hooked.

This is sci-fi for people who also like their fantasy to have some roots in a real, believable world.

Full of complications – love, saving the world, and not totally messing up your life and alienating all your friends. Tricky stuff - but Helen Douglas has pulled it off
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to start this review by stating just how much more I prefer the US cover over the UK cover. It's cleaner, more professional and doesn't cheapen the book. I just don't like the over-the-top glitz of the UK cover.

I was bound to love this book from the get go, not only was it set in Perran - where I spend nearly every one of my childhood summers - but it's main plot was of time travel.

The novel was well thought out and able to keep my attention throughout. I had minor issues with the repetit
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
w o w I love this book, Eden & Ryan are such a cute couple. Can't wait for book 2 ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it did not like it

NOTE: I wrote this review at 2am after a very bad day.

I don't know if it's because I was reading this book on a train that was both delayed and diverted, therefore making me suffer an extra hour of travelling, but this book annoyed me. So much. It claimed not to be pretentious, and yet the main character (who only approved of wine parties that involved political debate to change the world) kept banging on about Shakespeare with like, some year seven level interpretation of Romeo & Juliet t
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