In Dark Eden by Patrick Carman, Fort Eden is a place deep in the forest created to cure kids' fears.
In Dark Eden by Patrick Carman, Fort Eden is a place deep in the forest created to cure kids' fears. Fifteen year-old Will Besting senses this place hides many secrets almost immediately when he approaches the building. Using his tools such as his recorder, he runs away and hides in the bunker of Fort Eden. He starts trying to solve the mystery of this place, but as he delves deeper, more questions start coming up…
This book was unique compared to a lot of other books I have read; each chapter had a picture depicting one of the characters' fears (e.g. spiders and snakes is one such fear). Even though there are pictures throughout the book, this is no picture book for children, as there are quite a few difficult concepts to grasp. Even though the beginning and some parts throughout are a tiny bit confusing, all of the pieces fall together at the end to wrap things up nicely. The characters are well rounded, and I think this has something to do with the fact that they all have a deep fear that plays a huge part throughout the whole story. The story will grab any reader and suck them in to the ever thickening plot.
I would recommend this book for readers ages 11 and up who are not faint at heart, for, as I stated earlier, there are some parts that younger kids might not understand as well. This 316 page novel is the first in a series. The genres are mainly horror and mystery, but there’s also a touch of romance. The author’s writing is extremely compelling and it’s not that often you find a book with such original, intriguing ideas as this one has.