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Daughter of Eden

(Dark Eden #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,040 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Angie Redlantern is the first to spot the boats—five abreast with men in metal masks and spears standing proud, ready for the fight to come. As the people of New Earth declare war on the people of Mainground, a dangerous era has dawned for Eden. After generations of division and disagreement, the two populations of Eden have finally broken their tentative peace, giving way ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Corvus (first published October 6th 2016)
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Jan 13, 2018 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a creative, thoughtful, immersive SF novel
Shelves: 2018-faves
Both visceral and cerebral and incredibly realistic. Like the other two books in the series, this is going to stay with me long after this read. Mr. Beckett understands human psychology and sociology so well; one of my favorite things about this series is how the author makes parallels to our world and civilization and how it may have come about. With its strong voice and unwavering commitment to world-building, Dark Eden is one of the smartest and most inventive series I've ever had the pleasur ...more
Davorin Horak
Chris Beckett did it again. His masterful novel Dark Eden was one of my best read in 2013 (alongside Adam Robert’s Jack Glass). I was skeptical regarding the next installment in the series, Mother of Eden. What if Chris falls into routine and just repeats his first novel with some fancy decorative changes? Well he didn’t. He gave us the next step in the evolution of skillfully portrayed Eden’s society. Another great piece of science fiction. And then came Daughter of Eden and as I said at the be ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This world is so effed up, omg, soooo effed up. But when I am there in the moment I do not see how effed up it is, I just see people struggling to make a living.

Book 1 was amazing, the other two did not live up to amazing, but they are still good. I guess it can only hit you as many times how effed up it is.

The book takes place in the present and a bit in the past (I did prefer the present bit and did want it to be all about that.) In the past we see Angie Redlantern follow a woman, a shadow spe
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first listened to the audio book of "Dark Eden" when I was moving to the house I am in now. 2015, going back and forth, back and forth, from Durham to Chapel Hill. There and back again. And last year, December 2015, I listened to the audio book for "Mother of Eden", and this year I was delighted to see that audible was carrying "Daughter of Eden." I really love fresh and new sci fi - something that is more than just the tired, same old re-telling of cold war "otherness." Don't get me wrong - I ...more
As the Davidfolk flee to avoid violent takeover, Angie Redlantern recounts through periodic flashbacks her friendship with a shadowspeaker (prophet). At Circle Valley she and her people have a surprise encounter with Earth that forces them to question everything they think they know about Gela. This is most like Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam: it contrasts oral storytelling with written history and looks at how myths arise. For several reasons, it is less satisfying than the previous books. The dis ...more
Richard Eyres
The third book in the series was a mixture. The first half of the book got a little repetitive. This was all about Angie and her journey to become a Shadow talker, mixed with the attack from the John folk. It was OK, but i thought it was lacking.
The second half was a lot more interesting and really progressed the story along.
The series is set up for some follow up stories, and i would be happy to listen to them when/if they come out.
Still a tough series to recommend to friends. It is a marmite
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The psychological, sociological, and religious under and overtones this book carries are amazing. I hope there's more to this series, I'm so in love with Eden, the place, but it's also a fitting, beautiful end. I'd be happy if it continued and content if it stays just how it is. Although, I won't lie, as soon as I finished it I looked up to see if there was even just another one in the works. ...more
What a fine series this has been and this is a fitting conclusion. As evocative, mysterious and atmospheric as always. Excellent. 4-4.5 stars.

Alicia Thompson
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack Deighton
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narrator here is Angie Redlantern, childhood friend of Starlight, the protagonist of the previous novel in Beckett’s Dark Eden sequence, Mother of Eden, but long since struck out on her own from Knee Tree Grounds and living among the Davidfolk in Veeklehouse on the near side of Worldpool. Angie is a batface, one of the many such in Eden as a consequence of the inbreeding unavoidable in the scenario. She had for a long time been companion to Mary, a shadowspeaker faithful to the cult of Gela ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a pleasure to read the Eden books I've loved every page. I can't recommend them enough. Will probably write a proper review later need time to think. A world I will revisit time to time . Brilliant. I enjoyed the change of perspective it was a brave thing to do in the final volume. It worked very well though. Angie is probably my favourite character in the entire series. Also this volume has left me wondering most likely because it's end I suppose. Wish it wasn't. By far my favourite b ...more
Johan Haneveld
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8- I enjoyed the first half of this novel less than the earlier two books in this trilogy, but I got more emotional at the ending (and that was based on the first half), compared to the first two books. So I'm conflicted about scoring this. Four stars seems reasonable, especially if I take into consideration the trilogy as a whole, which is a gripping work about the way our beliefsystems are formed by our history, shaped by our journey with them and how they lead to hope and perseverance on the ...more
It took me almost three months, but I finished it! I hesitate to say that I find the ending satisfying, but I also don't know if there is really any other way a visit from Earth could have gone. The second storyline about Angie and Mary was interesting, and I understand what Beckett was trying to do with it, but it also made the book very long and I got tired of alternating between the past and the present.

Honestly, I know it is unethical, but I think maybe the two Earth guys should have, uh, so
This is not the conclusion I hoped for or expected, but overall the series is an excellent, imaginative look at how humanity will continue to make the same mistakes even when divorced from its past and exiled to an alien environment. I thought this last installment was a little too neat, a little too happy, and while I appreciate that it didn't burn the whole world down in a rain of violence, it didn't really deliver on the themes that are set up in earlier novels. It's fine, but the first two a ...more
Following on from Mother of Eden, Daughter of Eden takes place in the same rough timeframe, which is a bit disappointing - I would have liked to see it jump another few centuries into the future of this sad and twisted society, as Mother of Eden did after Dark Eden. The Eden stories are not so much about what happens, but rather what happens next - and I'd prefer to have seen the continued growth and development of Eden society - a bunch of paleolithic inbred descendants of two stranded astronau ...more
Tom Hope
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten stars out of five

This is a wonderful book, and while the author could justify more, I almost hope he leaves it here. The book could be read in isolation, but I strongly suggest you read the previous two first.

Without giving too much away, this is a story about stories, and their role in our lives. If you've read the previous books then you will have witnessed the events behind many of those stories 'first hand'. It's a fascinating device, brilliantly executed. We learn that stories are partl
Damien G
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting and excellent end to the trilogy. The planet Eden is at war and Angie Redlantern flees to the original landing zone. The arrival of a space ship from earth challenges her and ask many questions. Her relationship with her best friend, (someone who she thought was dead) plays a important role in her personal development. The core of the book is about a society who's interpretation of the past is changed by earth. The earth crew are certain that the original expedition failed with all the ...more
Cody Lamont
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Utterly disappointing and dissatisfying.

As someone who really enjoyed the first and second books, I was expecting more from the third.

Completely unlike its prequels, Daughter of Eden's pace was a snail crawl with a single exciting event. While both prequels had you on the edge of your seat at different points, the most exciting this book became was a nostalgic fulfillment.

The main character, and narrator, is uninteresting and self-deprecating while relating the sad story of her life and the curr
Kate Page
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Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
For the first 100 pages this felt like it was treading water, but then there's a big dramatic development; one I'd been waiting two and a half books for but wasn't sure would ever arrive.
Beckett continues his insightful exploration of the tensions between religion and science, and the power of storytelling to give shape and meaning to people's lives, even if that story is based on lies or distortions.
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I should have stopped reading this series after the first book. I don't even know what I expected to happen. I think, I didn't try to figure out anything and that's the problem. Maybe if I thought about the possible outcomes more, I wouldn't want to read the sequels.

This book's first part is boring boring and annoying annoying. The shadowspeakers claim they can hear Mother Gela who says this and says that, but please somebody f*cking tell them already that she's not alive! It's not the people's
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I loved Dark Eden but found Mother of Eden less satisfying. Fortunately this third book is a great finale.

Set not too long after the previous book, we see Angie Redlantern doing the narration as she flees with her family from violent action- the Johnfolk have brought war to the Davidfolk. As they travel across Eden, Angie recounts the time time she spent with Shadowspeaker Mary, Eden's equivalent of a messenger. Just when she thought she understood the stories of Eden, people from Earth finally
Michael Whiteman
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Dark Eden trilogy and it works excellently as a final chapter to the story. Thinking about it as a standalone might be different; it still works, but would lose some of its effectiveness, particularly in the perspective of the power of stories and histories, both oral and written.

Angie is the perfect protagonist for this part of the story, the "grateful darkness" to Starlight from Mother Of Eden, learning to find her own place in the world over the course of her fl
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The third book in the Dark Eden series, this is not so much a sequel to its predecessor as a companion-piece to it, as Beckett chooses to set Daughter of Eden just a matter of years after the events of Mother of Eden rather than advancing his society by several generations, as the second book had done. Not a radical advance, but a shift of focus, away from the sociological questions of the second book, to an examination of the powerful role (both positive and negative, cohesive and divisive) tha ...more
Sarah Heilman
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The final installment of the Dark Eden trilogy started out admittedly slow for me. It took almost half the book for me to become as interested as I was at the start of the first two, but man was it a page turner 'till the end after about the halfway mark!

This one makes you take a hard look at what religion really is (in my opinion), which is really just a collection of stories that have been passed on and likely changed through generations and that people are defensive about, have their own vers
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dark Eden series takes place on an ingeniously imagined planet, one that sources energy from its molten core rather than a sun. The indigenous flora, fauna, landscape and weather describe an ecosystem unique and definitely workable enough to satisfy and intrigue your sci-fi bone.

The author's main interest, though, is the development of society from family to clan to culture. The tale is told by the (highly inbred) offspring of two stranded space travelers.

In this social experiment, Eden cu
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Daughter of Eden was highly anticipated, at least in my book :)

After the fascinating Dark Eden and its worthy heiress Mother of Eden, I wondered what had Beckett planned for the finale. I barely read the blurb before picking up the book, but that didn’t hinder me. If anything, Daughter of Eden is a book that reads in one go.

Like both previous installments, this novel is primarily an exploration of ideas. The evolution of society, the power of belief, the grasp of (almost) organized religion, th
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia-pa
I was very disappointed with the final book in this trilogy. The opening was slow and the time jumping made the plot disjointed. Finally, around 20% I felt it settled and the plot got going.

I felt there was a lot of recapping the previous books in the trilogy. And whilst this may be good if you have had a gap between reading them, because I read them back to back I felt it was repetitive. There was no new world building for anything I hadn’t read about previously. No new take on this world, it w
I loved Dark Eden, I struggled very slightly with Mother of Eden, I struggled quite a bit with DoE. I think I just got bored, especially with all the flashbacks - I just don't see what they really added. I started the book at Christmas (I think) and then ended up putting it down half-way through for about three months while I read a load of other books. It's really a matter of pride that I try never not to finish a book, so I picked it up again and am glad that I did...but it was pretty hard wor ...more
Diana Johnson
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly fascinating book investigating the social constructs humans fall into, even when separated from other human groups by 40,000 light years and completely naive to prior human history. By this I refer to the subjugation of women, despite even footing at the very beginning, and the development of a patriarchal society. The second book touched upon the slavery of intelligent life native to Eden (the giant bats), it is a pity that this potentially sentient life form was not developed furthe ...more
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Chris Beckett is a British social worker, university lecturer, and science fiction author.

Beckett was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and Bryanston School in Dorset, England. He holds a BSc (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Bristol (1977), a CQSW from the University of Wales (1981), a Diploma in Advanced Social Work from Goldsmiths College, University of London (1977), and an

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