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Eve of Destruction (Dark Eden #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  364 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
In Dark Eden: Eve of Destruction, the thrilling sequel to New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman’s Dark Eden, the seven teens who were “cured” by Rainsford reunite to find relief from their ailments...and realize they may have the power to stop Rainsford’s ghoulish reign once and for all.

Ensnared in a dangerous and ever-deepening mystery, Will Besting must lead h
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
Dark Eden made my short list of 5-stars last year. It was creeptastic and thrilling; I loved it. Suffice it to say, I was highly anticipating this sequel. However, I don't know if the author took a different approach, or if these are things I failed to notice in the first book, but among other things, I was mostly bothered by the writing style.

There IS such a thing as too much detail - in particular, too many clarifications to where it comes off as a tad juvenile. Or as though I'm not intelligen
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had checked this book out from the library not realizing it was the second in the series. Fortunately; as I began to read I found the summary of events thus far to leave me with little to no questions. I still definitely want to read the first in the series based on my enjoyment of the sequel.

The decision to remove the main character; Will, from the action for the majority of the story gave a much more removed point of view to the story but also added some extra suspense about what was happeni
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pshhh, it's a Patrick Carman book, OBVIOUSLY it's gonna be epic!!!!
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With Dark Eden, Patrick Carman introduced us to The Seven: Will, Marissa, Kate, Alex, Connor, Ben and Avery. Seven teenagers that each had a life crippling fear. They were brought by Dr. Stevens to Fort Eden where a cure for each of them awaited at the hands of Rainsford. Seven cures that used their own fears against them so that they could be freed of their fears.

But the cure took something from each of them and gave them something in return-for each of the cures gave each of the Seven an ailme
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 of the Dark Eden series, Eve Of Destruction. Embark on the group of friends as they leave the lab "cured" and older after years of being away from the real world. They might finally be able to end the reign of Rainsford over them. A true story for romanticists and adventurers.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
My jury is still out on this book, so it’s a tough one to write a review for. I finished the book – which I seldom will do if I don’t like it. But, it was just so...unbelievable! I know that characters often make decisions that leave you screaming “Why? WHY!?” loudly at the book.

But before I get there, let’s talk about Carman’s use of multimedia this time around. It was actually pretty neat. The first few chapters of the book have footnotes scattered throughout that instruct you to visit www.wil
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
When I first saw that there was going to be a sequel to Dark Eden, I wasn't sure what to think. I really didn't know how there could be a sequel, considering how the first book was put together and how it ended. The ending, though not too perfect for the good guys, pretty much tied up all the loose ends and left little for any subsequent novels (unless, perhaps, it involved different characters). I was still optimistic, however, since I enjoyed Dark Eden so much. Though some would say that the p ...more
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I know, I know -- I've been pretty harsh on the first book. Yet there's this compelling need to find out what happens after the first book ended. I never expected something greater, and I was right.

The Story:

Will Besting and the other teens whose phobias were "cured" at Fort Eden have been summoned back by Mrs. Goring. Her dying wish is to see them together one last time. Or is it?

Ensnared in a dangerous, ever-deepening mystery, Will must lead his friends through a perilous underground trap mast
Sierra M
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was interesting. It was scary at parts, but overall not the best, not the worst. It had some exciting parts, but other boring parts. For supposed 16 year olds, the writing and language read like middle grade fiction.
Mel Raschke
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Teens return to a place where they were cured of fears. I get involved in a plot revenge, a journey into the depths of fear, love and finally redemption. There is a multi media app that goes with this book it was creeped Hostick and thrilling
Stacey hyde
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book. I didn't even know that it was the 2nd book. The author wrote it in away that explained things well enough for it too be a stand alone book. But I only gave it four stars because the ending was a bit of a let down
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
very good
Ashley Ferguson
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
As seen at The A P Book Club

Dark Eden 2 was very much like Dark Eden - same characters, similar set up, and same villain. However, I enjoyed this one better than the first one. I thought the whole battling death to defeat am immortal being was interesting, and I kind of liked how Will was forced to watch everything from afar - like he had chosen to do in the first book.

The only thing I was kind of concerned about was that the kids trusted Mrs. Goring in any capacity. She had done nothing in Dar
Paul Decker
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Find this review and more at The AP Book Club

Do you remember school book fairs? The ones at my school usually were in the library and there were stacks, bins, and shelves full of paperback books on sale. These books had that feeling to them. They weren't epic stories, but they were entertaining. There wasn't anything edgy about the series. The fears were interesting, but the most controversial bit was one line in the first few chapters that wasn't expanded upon questioning Alex's sexuality. I wa
Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C.
The Dark Eden series is a very unique and frightening story-line that will keep entertained until the end.

Eve of Destruction picks up a year after Will and 6 others were "cured" of their debilitating fears, a year that Will has been lying to everyone about what really happened to them at Fort Eden; a year, in which Will has been waiting to seek revenge on Rainsford, and put a stop to his reign of terror. When Will gets a note claiming that Mrs. Going wants to see them one last time before she di
Once Upon a Twilight
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fresh new ideas in books are always welcome. Especially, when nowadays, once a topic gets “hot” it seems like many, try to cash in with their own unique version. In the series of Dark Eden, I was greatly surprised to find such a unique way of storytelling. The book itself, Dark Eden 2, is a creepy thriller, which is immaculately written. The characters are very realistic, in a way that they grow and react like an average person. The flow of the book moves along quickly, while at the same time te ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ugh...the first one was fantastic! What happened?! Just an ungodly amount of over-the-top clarification...we aren't imbeciles! For example, can you let me meet the characters throughout? They don't need to be listed out three times in the first chapter! And if he calls Ben "Ben Dugan" one more time, I'll scream--we know who Ben is! There is a lovely concept called "show, don't tell"...Carman could use a few lessons in it.

Also, this is a sequel. Why do I need a rehashing of the entire first book
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
In 'Eve of Destruction' seven teens return to Fort Eden at the request of Mrs. Goring. Previously, Mrs. Goring and Dr. Rainsford had cured the teens of their deepest fears, however while curing their fears Dr. Rainsford also inflicted each teen with a physical ailment. Mrs. Goring convinced the teens to return to attempt to regain their health and seek their revenge on the Doctor.

The book is a YA and as written, didn't appeal to me. It was a short and easy read, and the premise of the story was
May 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
For some reason I wasn’t very thrilled reading this book. Sure, I read it in one day, but I was mostly just skipping through it, confused what was going on. I was kind of bored. The setting was pretty interesting, and all the radio-active stuff seemed pretty scary, but the characters still felt pretty flat to me. I actually think that Dark Eden should have been a stand-alone. 13 Days Till Midnight was a stand-alone, and that book was awesome! So why the sequel? Having characters with all those a ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
Last year, Will Besting and six other teens were miraculously cured of their paralyzing fears at Fort Eden. What they didn't bargain for were the debilitating side effects -- arthritis, hearing loss, narcolepsy, and dizzy spells. When the sinister Mrs. Goring offers them an opportunity to get back the pieces of their youth and in the process destroy the man that caused them, they jump at the opportunity. They didn't however, expect once more to be trapped underground in a nuclear reactor, workin ...more
Renee King - Hooks
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA and Adults
Recommended to Renee by: First Read Win from Mr. Carman and Goodreads.
I've finished Mr. Carman's latest book and it's really good. I received an uncorrected proof from Patrick and was delighted. Even though it's classified a YA I found it very interesting. A wonderful plot and great characters.

Will Besting and his six friends have been cured of their phobias (or have they), thanks to Fort Eden and Dr. Rainsford. But now a year later Ms. Goring, white headed, boot wearing, gestapo wantabe is dying and she wants the seven to visit her one last time - thus our advent
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
...Because Mrs. Goring said so!

That one sentence pretty much sums up the ENTIRE plot of this book. It is basically a rehash of book one plot, and even in that, only one new 'character' was introduced* Absolutely nothing drives this plot forward, because you know who is who, and what they're doing. But because you're not supposed to know (gimmie a break author) it all degenerates back to that first sentence: Because Mrs. Going said so. And that isn't reason enough to enjoy getting through this bo
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book contains countless unexpected twists and turns all the way down to the last page.

This is why I love Patrick Carman's books!

There is plenty of danger involved when the setting is an underground missle silo with trace amounts of radiation, electrified water, and unstable flooring. (view spoiler)
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I REALLY like Patrick Carman’s writing style; it is sooo easy to read and understand. This book is fast paced; a real burner! Reading the first book would really help understand this one; however, I don’t think it is critical as the author does a lot of back-story and the videos throughout the book give insight into the first novel. I really enjoyed this sequel! Selling point: similar to Skeleton Creek book Carman has placed URL references strategically throughout the book so that a reader can v ...more
Jasmine Rose
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-reads
I have pretty much the same feelings about Dark Eden 2: Eve of Destruction as I did about its predecessor. Which is to say, it was a good, quick read, but it wasn’t fantastic. I still didn’t really care for any of the characters much one way or the other. The creep factor was actually down a little more in this one since all the mystery was gone and the tiny little mystery that existed I figured out almost from the beginning. Basically, if you enjoyed Dark Eden then you’ll probably enjoy Eve of ...more
Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, ya
Ok, mythbusters.

I'm going to call this "implausible." Not because of the supernatural elements of the main plot. But because of the whole (view spoiler) thing.

This just seemed throughout to be a little too conveniently and implausibly plotted. Will also spends a lot of time during what should be a terrifying experience mooning over Marisa.

It was just...meh. Not held togethe
Carla Latham
Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA and up
I received this book in the Goodreads book giveaway.

I hadn't read the first book, but I don't think I needed to. This book was easy to pick up and follow what was going on. I found myself pulled into the book and did not want to put it down until I finished it. It really was a page-turner!

I would definitely recommend this to all YA and up who like mysteries and thrillers. It reminded me of the James Patterson book, "When the Wind Blows", except Mr. Carman's writing was much better...

Ji Mei
I like how Patrick Carman makes this book so suspenseful and it's from the point of view of a kid stuck in a room for most of the book. The concept is interesting and I like how he ties the book with videos he has on a website. Reminds me of Atherton. I didn't like the cursing(even if it's not that much), because he didn't have those words in the first book. Overall it is just as good as the first.
I loved this sequel and I'm sad to see the books end, but this one combined with the original Dark Eden and the short story (that I definitely recommend buying/reading for only .99 on Amazon)! This one is a lot different than Dark Eden because it has a different premise - most of the facts are laid out and it's just whether the group will escape Dark Eden a second time or not.. :D

I gobbled these books up so fast!
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Goring contacts Will and asks for him and the others whose fears were cured to return to Fort Eden. Everyone is shocked to learn Mrs, Goring and Will shared a secret about the man Rainsford who cured them. Now Mrs. Goring wants revenge on Rainsford, and it's up to Will and the others to carry it out for her.
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