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For one boy and his friends, the path to Paradise comes at a cost—one they may not be prepared to pay.

When a biking accident leaves 17-year-old Joss Kazdan with the ability to hear things others can't, reality as he knows it begins to unravel.

A world of legends exists beyond the ordinary life he's always known, and he is transported to the same Paradise he's studying in Wo
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Published May 11th 2012 by Solstice Publishing (first published April 29th 2012)
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Darcia Helle
Crashing Eden took me on an entertaining and thought-provoking journey, and I enjoyed every moment. The story is part fantasy and part mystery, with splashes of suspense, inspiration, and even romance. I loved the characters. Most of all, I loved Sussman's unique approach to what could (and probably will) be considered a controversial theme.

While this book is marketed as YA, I know many older adults will love it as much as I did.
Sachin Dev
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-good-reads
I had never heard of this novel – naturally as I do not follow YA/MG novels unless of course they are like hot-on-fire runaway international bestseller and probably has like five Hollywood studios fighting over movie rights ( The Hunger Games anyone? Or maybe…the Twilight saga?)
So this came out of the blue to me – as Michael reached out to me to check if I was interested in reviewing his debut YA/Urban Fantasy book titled “Crashing Eden” – the hook was, how would it be if we regained Paradise? I
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PJ Swanwick
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Technology meets spirituality in bold, satisfying YA thriller

Imagine an engrossing tale that samples the angst of "Catcher in the Rye" and insight of "Ordinary People," barrels toward "Johnny Mnemonic," and then smoothly sails past "The Celestine Prophecy" toward a truly unexpected climax. Michael Sussman's young-adult visionary fiction builds upon these themes to create a truly original novel of technical innovation, psychological insight, and spiritual growth. Sussman's second novel is by no m
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Denise
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Crashing Eden
by Michael Sussman (Goodreads Author)

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

"For one boy and his friends, the path to Paradise comes at a cost—one they may not be prepared to pay.

When a biking accident leaves 17-year-old Joss Kazdan with the ability to hear things others can't, reality as he knows it begins to unravel.

A world of legends exists beyond the ordinary life he's always known, and he is transported to the same Paradise he's studying in World Mythology. But the strange gets even strang
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Melissa
*This book was received as a Free Advanced Reader's Copy*

This book was not at all what I expected it to be. I expected Dystopian, the title and cover seemed to point to that, but while I might consider it slightly dystopian, I actually considered it more theology and fantasy and a little bit of other stuff thrown in.

Joss has been a troublemaker most his life. After the death of his brother, things just went a little crazier for him and after spending some time in Juvie, he gets to return home to
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Have given 4 stars as could not decide between 3 or 4. I think I needed 1/2 a star!

MY REVIEW
I was sent this book by the author, Michaels Sussman in exchange for my honest review.
Looking at te cover I immediately though Oh wow it's going to be dystopian. It's going to be an apocalypse type of story. From reading the book I would say the two figures on the cover are Joss and Alessa taking a look at the devastation all around them.
This book is not a typical dystopian book, there are lots of religi
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Iona  Stewart
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book I would normally have encountered, but I was fortunate to receive it free in return for a review.

I found it absolutely enjoyable to read. It is fast-paced, a page-turner and extremely well-written, to boot.

The book is a sort of thriller/allegory, whose protagonist is a maladjusted 17-year-old called Joss, misunderstood by his parents, who themselves seem to be maladjusted, particularly his mother. However, he is adored by his 5-year-old sister, Callie. He’s mobbed by a fellow
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Smita Beohar
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
Joss Kazdan is a troubled but good at heart teenager. After spending 20 months in a juvenile jail, Joss has come back to his darling sister Callie, his father who used to be a best-selling novelist but is currently fighting the dreaded writers block and of course his mother who is always angry and cannot stop blaming Joss for his brother Ellie’s suicide.


To make matters worse he gets into trouble on the 1st day of school, meets an accident and lands up in a hospital. It is there that he realises
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Iona  Stewart
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book I would normally have encountered, but I was fortunate to receive it free in return for a review.

I found it absolutely enjoyable to read. It is fast-paced, a page-turner and extremely well-written, to boot.

The book is a sort of thriller/allegory, whose protagonist is a maladjusted 17-year-old called Joss, misunderstood by his parents, who themselves seem to be maladjusted, particularly his mother. However, he is adored by his 5-year-old sister, Callie. He’s mobbed by a fellow
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iamjenai
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crashing Eden has a good plot and likeable characters. While the story is mainly about the lost paradise, Eden, the author manages to incorporate a family story that grabbed my attention til the last pages of the book.


Joss Kazdan's brother, Eli, has been the target of bullies whether in school or in their community. Joss, as a big brother, should have been there to protect Eli but he thought it wasn't a big deal until Eli hanged himself in Joss' closet using Joss' belt. The family struggles eve
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Francesca
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crashing Eden is a story set on the 21st century, where people face problems and difficulties. A time when many suffer pain and loss. While Michael Sussman has told of man's troubles, he did not forget one's ability to love and forgive.

Michael was able to spin a threat of truth in his cloth of work, making Crashing Eden more realistic than ever!

Personally, it was good that I had chosen Crashing Eden. I was able to relate to the things that are happening with Joss. But what is good about this boo
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Bonnie Hilligoss
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I recieved this book free from Goodreads First Reads. Thank you! It's not something I would have normally picked up, but I really enjoyed it. I can't remember the last time I read a book in one
sitting, but this one I did because I couldn't seem to find a good place to stop. The first couple of chapters touch on things that you don't know anything about yet, but the they are soon explained. It had a little bit of everything - science, spirituality, paranormal, love, redemption. Give it a try!
Georgiann Hennelly
This was a fast paced read. truly enjoyed it,Even though it is written for young adults i believe people of all ages can relate to and enjoy this story.
Jessica Bierschied
Review to come...
April
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review coming soon!
Kelly
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Leah
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
My Review: 3.75/5*
Michael Sussman’s book, Crashing Eden is an interesting and original take on the concept of the story of the Garden of Eden and ‘God’. Having been approached to review and help promote the book, I found myself incredibly glad to have discovered the text as it isn’t something I had previously come across. I enjoy reading twists on classic tales such as Angela Carter’s rewritten fairy tales and am soon to be reading a darker, Gothic reworking of various Mother Goose nursery rhyme
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Mandy Hill
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Keely
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Crashing Eden is one of those books that makes you rethink, or at least wonder about, all that you thought you knew or thought you might know about the world, what makes it tick, and what could bring it to an end. Michael Sussman concocts an imaginative world where science and religion of all kinds combine, creating a path to the enlightenment of the human race.

The story line is very fast paced and simple to follow which made it easy for me as a reader to keep the pages turning. As it progresses
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Audrey Wilkerson
Rating: 2

The Low Down: Joss Kazdan is a seventeen-year-old angry young man. To be honest, he’s always had a bad attitude, been a troublemaker. Things got even worse when his younger brother, Eli, committed suicide. The only thing he loves more than getting on everyone’s bad side is his little sister, Callie. Joss has been home from juvie after being locked up for almost two years. After his brother died, and the bullying perpetrator was never held accountable, Joss torched the bully’s house.

He s
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Kathy LaMee
Crashing Eden by Michael Sussman was an interesting read for me. While very well written and researched, I did not agree with the content and the attitude regarding the faith of Christians and the depiction of God as not the true God. That being said, for everyone out there that is agnostic, or is more flexible in their belief system, I think they will enjoy Sussman’s tale. It should also be noted this book is listed as a YA (Young Adult) but the content and topics seem a bit on the adult side.
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Sam
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed on my blog: SIK Book Reviews

Crashing Eden is a quick and easy read. I found the story to be enjoyable and creative. The concept of the "OM" that Sussman created was a very interesting and unique idea to explain how we as humans change as we grow up. The "OM" is a sound that the narrator, Joss, experiences after his bike accident. It is explained in the book that the sound of the "OM" causes a person to be more optimistic and an all-around better person. I found this creative
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Kelsey (Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf)
Originally posted on my blog Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf

(3.5)

I would like to thank the author and his publicist for an eBook copy of this for review!

It’s nice to see that an author has made this YA book through the eyes of a boy, most tend to be about girls these days (which I don’t mind). Joss himself is a troubled teen, in so many ways. Stealing and fighting, arson, serving some time in Juvie as well as other things. But he also seems to suffer from a bit of depression, and he’s not happy in
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Michelle
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
When I began reading Crashing Eden I instantly loved the protagonist Joss.  He may not have been the most perfect child to his parents, but he is spunky and is capable of being good.  I like how he is cheerful for his sister and looks out for her.  His whole attitude reminds me so much of my brother when he was younger.
Soon Joss experiences a life changing event, he gets knocked into by car and end up falling head over handlebars of his bike.  He is rushed into hospital unconscious, and upon awa
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Soma Rostam "IOB"
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book from a giveaway. The cover is really nice and creative. I love the color blending and the subject. I liked the blurb, too. It was really captivating. I have to admit, I thought the book would be better, but it was still good. I am glad I read it.
Joss is not your typical teenage boy. He has been in detention numerous times, he has been suspended from his school more than once, and he even spent some time in juvie. But behind all this violence, there is a broken, vulnerable boy w
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Jessica Bierschied
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
CRASHING EDEN by Michael Sussman follows Joss, a trouble kid who experiences wondrous things and some not so wondrous things, this is a page turner for sure, but also it brings a new kind of light to Young Adult fiction.

I will admit, when I first started this, I was pretty unsure about it but I did end up enjoying it a lot. I loved that the book kept me reading, there wasn't a time while reading it that I was bored. It was fun, which is a huge bonus to a very original story. The story line to m
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Michael Thal
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-novels
Gnosticism is the belief that the material world should be shunned in favor of the spiritual world. With that theme in mind, Michael Sussman created a brilliant YA novel, Crashing Eden.

Joss, a self-described “seventeen-year-old punk” bullied his brother unmercifully until a neighbor took over the chore. Not surprisingly, Eli, a middle school student, hung himself in his brother’s closet. In a revengeful rage, Joss burned down the neighbor’s house disfiguring the neighbor’s sister, Alessa. The no
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Austine (NovelKnight)
I received Crashing Eden from the author for review and overall, I found the book to be a quick but thought-provoking read. For starters, the book has a basis in the story of Adam and Eve. While anything remotely related to religion is usually on my avoid list for reviews simply because of differing reader opinions, Sussman gives enough of a twist that puts a little science to the story. The idea of a universe held together by "primordial vibrations" is quite an interesting take on things and it ...more
Summer Lane
Joss is a troublemaker. Seriously, this kid was locked up in juvie and he deserved every minute of it. When he comes back home he stews in his bitter despair - his brother has recently committed suicide, he and his mother hate each other equally, and he's a troublemaker. But I said that already. One day Joss gets hit by a car and wakes up listening to some relaxing, blissful music that makes his world brighter. It's like getting high, but without negative side effects. It turns out that this is ...more
Laura Hartley
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Crashing Eden is a book unlike any I've ever read before. It was nothing like what I expected it to be and I was really surprised at the large role that God and the story of Eden played in this novel.

I wasn't particularly fond of any of the characters as I found them all to be a bit two faced. Most of the characters were completely transformed after hearing the 'om' and it was like each character was two different people. This is most noticeable in the main character, Joss, who narrates the sto
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Abandoned by a cackle of laughing hyenas, Michael Sussman endured the drudgery and hardships of a Moldavian orphanage until fleeing with a traveling circus at the age of twelve. A promising career as a trapeze artist was cut short by a concussion that rendered him lame and mute. Sussman wandered the world, getting by on such odd jobs as pet-food tester, cheese sculptor, human scarecrow, and profes ...more
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