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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  825 ratings  ·  183 reviews
From the bestselling author of The Silence comes a brand-new supernatural eco thriller. In large areas of the planet, nature is no longer humanity's friend...

In a time of global warming and spiralling damage to the environment, the Virgin Zones were established to help combat the change.  Abandoned by humanity and given back to nature, these vast areas in
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Published March 30th 2020 by Titan Books
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May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
I was so excited to be approved for an ARC of Eden. I adored The Silence by this author and the premise for this one reminded me a bit of The Ruins or maybe even a little like Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy both of which I loved. Well, to be honest, I was rooting for everyone to die in The Ruins so I was hoping for a story like that but with more likable people. Perhaps I held too many preconceived notions because this was disappointing and not really at all what I was expecting.

This book i
Sadie Hartmann
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scream-mag
Review originally published in issue #60 of the May/June SCREAM magazine

My own, personal style as a book reviewer is to lean into my experience reading the book rather than spend too much time retelling the plot. It’s my opinion that plot summaries are readily available to readers; reviews are for readers who want to know how the book is being received.
However, in the case of Tim Lebbon’s EDEN, I must set this story up for you because the concept is one of my favorite aspects of this book.
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Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
EDEN is a smart, thrilling, relentless, eco-nightmare that will worm its tendrils deep into you. Let your own ghost orchid grow.
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.

I’m quickly finding a new sub-genre to fall in love with, and Tim Lebbon’s Eden is the most recent example of just exactly why that is!

I fully believe in the restorative powers of nature and escape to any green space I can, as often as I can. I’m not sure I would find as much solace in the greenery surrounding me became if it grew to dwarf skyscrapers and sought to reclaim the planet back from man, though! But this is exactly what Lebbon’s characters might face, here.

May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
This book starts with a solid "Annihilation" vibe. A group of extreme athletes wants to infiltrate and cross one of the Virgin Zones, zones created for nature taking back what is hers and therefore off limits for humans. It starts with a subtle creepy feeling as they trespass into the unknown that seems more changed than the 50 years would warrant.
Each chapter starts with some sarcastic, poignant quote about the project and topics related to it. This sets a great overall feeling for the world a
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-horror
Eden is a science fiction eco-thriller in which a group of extreme sports enthusiasts and supposed environmentalists race through one of the last places on Earth that has been reserved for nature. Eden is known as a Virgin Zone, a place where all the humans have been relocated, and whose borders are agressively protected by paramilitary groups (Zeds? Zions? I don’t really care). These places have been given back to nature in an effort to preserve them from human pollution/poaching/ deforestation ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A timely tale of eco horror, Eden has an intriguing concept at its core. With trash-filled oceans, rising sea levels, Amazon deforestation, and skyrocketing extinction rates puting the Earth at risk, Tim Lebbon has imagined the establishment of Virgin Zones . . . where nature isn’t just thriving, but looking for revenge.

The Virgin Zones are vast areas of land, spread across the world, that have been given back to nature. Like something from Life After People or The World Without Us, they are pos
Tracy Robinson
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
From Sci Fi and Scary

Eden is probably one of the very few “eco-horror” novels I’ve read. Preceding this was The Ruins by Scott Smith and a few others I fail to remember. Tim Lebbon has managed to create a fast-paced thriller/suspense which kept me engaged throughout.

At first, I just enjoyed getting to know the characters and the future world they inhabit. Several zones throughout the world are given “back to nature”and things are quite different. The ragtag group of explorers presented is fascin
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
3.5 stars

The setting is an alt/near future where vast areas of the world have been set aside as a kind of nature preserve where human visitation is strictly prohibited. Of course, that doesn't stop people from trying to get into these protected places.

Jenn and her father Dylan are extreme adventurers, who along with their team, make an attempt to infiltrate and cross the oldest of these Virgin Zones, Eden, which has been sealed from visitors for 50 years. The team has done a lot of adventuring t
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had a really interesting concept but unfortunately it was not for me

It's hard to say what genre this book really falls under. At the start, I thought it was more science fiction/ dystopian but as the book goes on it becomes more of a horror.

I'm not sure if this book is a sequel, but at the start it did feel like it was. We are thrown into this world with little explanation, it was hard to work out what was happening.

The biggest issue I had with this book was that I thought it was rea
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, great-outdoors
ugh... that was a whole lotta nothing.
One of the few things I'll take away from this lame story is Dylan thinking constantly about his ex-wife Kat. What was he thinking you ask? How about this every stinking time her name comes up (and it comes up a lot): "we're divorced, I still love her even though she left me".
The other things: running, eating energy bars, running some more, and someone thinking something is watching or following them.
Save time and avoid this one.
Eddie Generous
Adventure horror. Accessible writing. Nice pacing. Cool nasty stuff.
Ashley (bookishmommy)
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounding to 4! Eden releases 4/7!
Fans of Lebbon's, The Silence, Adam Nevill's The Ritual and World War Z will love this one. A documentary style, nature horror novel.
May 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Steve Stred
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

‘The Silence’ from Lebbon was my first experience with his writing and boy was it a treat. I still need to read ‘Coldbrook’ and his release with Christopher Golden ‘Blood of the Four,’ but when this was offered up for reviewers, I reached out and was kindly sent a PDF.

Tim’s a really nice guy, nice enough to have even let me interview him for my professional publication about his pursuit of running and Iron Man races. After reading his respons
Jessica Woodbury
2.5 stars. At first it seemed like this would be something different. Unusual group of protagonists and hints of worldbuilding to come, but it never delivered on its promise. The protagonists' skill as adventurers and endurance athletes just meant they would go somewhere really dangerous and be able to run a lot, there were too many bland and boring romantic connections that existed just so that the characters would feel extra pain when they were wrenched away from one of their teammates. The id ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 8.5/10

Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance copy of Eden for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

Eden is a hauntingly beautiful look at nature’s reclamation from man and the lengths it’ll take to protect it. Lebbon has crafted a top-notch eco-thriller that is destined for the big screen.

This was my first go at a full-length novel from the author, so I was pretty naive going in. I’d seen the Netflix adaptation of his novel, The Silence, a littl
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
My first thoughts reading Eden were that it reminded me a lot of Jeff VenderMeer's Annihilation (which many other reviewers have also stated), though written more in a voice like Josh Maleman, and a bit like The Andromeda Evolution. If you enjoyed those forays into mysterious jungles, you should enjoy Eden as well. An adventure into the unknown, it's not just man vs. nature but man vs. a nature tainted in unimaginable ways. ...more
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May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tony-jones
Since the 1990s, Tim Lebbon has been one of the most prolific writers of dark fiction, comfortably hopping between fantasy, science fiction and horror. Recently, it was great to see his outstanding 2015 novel The Silence adapted into a decent Netflix film and I hope this encourages new readers to dig a little deeper. It is worth it, as his back-catalogue is vast, ranging from film novelisations and additions to existing franchises. However, he is at his most creative when producing original ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 / 5 ✪

Global warming and climate change have wrought intense havoc on Earth, spoiling the planet almost beyond recognition. Smog clouds the formerly azure sky. Rivers run brown with sludge, silt chokes the water. The Amazon has been whittled to nothing, the remnants torched. The Arctic is hot and dry, its residents long dead. Pollutants run rampant across the planet. The Earth is dying, but not yet dead. And humanity has killed it. Or, nearly has. In a
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Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you know when people say that a book 'reads like a movie'? This is Eden.

As I have mentioned before, whenever I read an author that is new to me I manage to feel excited, intimidated, a bit anxious and happy—it's a crazy mixed bag of feelings.

I had The Silence sitting on my TBR but ended up watching the movie before I had a chance to read the book. I rarely do that, but it does happen from time to time. I did enjoy The Silence (movie), but I can't really tell whether the book is better or not.
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
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Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)
A team of adventurers heads into the oldest Virgin Zone, a place protected by people from people to allow the land to return to how it should be. Not is all as it seems in Eden, as it's much wilder than the adventurers planned for. This was my first "eco horror" book (I've read a few short stories) and I think it's a new favorite sub-genre of horror. I loved the official document snippets at the beginning of the chapters and the juxtaposition of the beautiful nature descriptions with brutal even ...more
Tara Losacano
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read! I flew through it bc it was so hard to put down after picking it up. I loved the setting of Eden, out in the wild, untouched by humans for the last 50 years. The characters were likeable and I was invested in what would happen to them. There were plenty of creepy and suspenseful moments that all led up to a disturbing ending. 4/5 stars!
Lisa Lynch
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I got an ARC of Tim Lebbon's Eden from my local library.*

Eden is a "Virgin Zone": a place that humanity has vacated, a place where nature can grow unrestricted, free, and wild. Dylan and his daughter, Jenn, are members of a team of elite athletes who race to cross these forbidden zones for purposes of high-risk adventure, science, and personal interest. Eden is the last Virgin Zone, the only one nobody has returned from.

I found this book to be surprising and refreshing. Yes, it does have a vib
Neil McRobert
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eden is two wonderful, thrilling things at once. On the surface it is the kind of high-concept, soft-technology sci-fi that harks back to the bestsellers of the 70s and 80s, and beyond to the 'new world' space fantasies of the pulp magazines. Beneath that it is a exploration of group dynamics and a reflection on humanity's place in an ecosystem that they no longer dominate.

The story has a central idea that grasps your lapels from the start. In a last ditch attempt to stave off climate disaster,
Seán O'Connor
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shrouded in mystery and more relevant today than ever — EDEN breaths new life into our planets future... whether humanity has a place in that future remains to be seen in Lebbon's latest, thought provoking, survival horror epic. ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Earth’s oceans are filled with islands of refuse, the Amazon rainforest is all but destroyed, and countless species on the brink of extinction. The Virgin Zones have been recreated in an attempt to let nature reclaim parts of the world. These vast areas are off-limits to humanity. With every guarded area, come those that want access. Dylan, along with his daughter Jenn, lead a team of adventurers into Eden, the oldest of the Zones. These adventurers are adrenaline junkies and extreme competi ...more
Tabatha Stirling
I am a huge Lebbon fan. The Expanse series is an extraordinary feat of science fiction so I was chomping at the bit to read Eden.

Lebbon's strengths are character and worldbuilding - and he is a plot master- all of which were in evidence as I read Eden.

However, and I'm well aware that this is a proof copy so final edits may not be quite finished, I was a wee bit disappointed.

I often felt that I was in a romance novel - lots of erroneous details about who loved who and what strong women they all w
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Quite an interesting idea, though it could have been executed a little better. Long discussion below.

Eden is one of the world's Virgin Zones, large areas of land forcefully vacated by humanity and given back to nature. The borders are heavily patrolled and not everyone that manages to sneak in, come out. Jenn and her group are adventure racers, a team that run, hike and climb their way through difficult terrain as fast as they can to set new records. They've tackled Virgin Zones before, but hav
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