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Thursday 19 July 2012

Book Review: Eden

I found this book wanting to whet my appetite for dystopian fiction after reading The Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins). Although Eden is nothing like Collins’ trilogy, it is a great read.

The book begins in an ‘end of the world’ setting, five years on from a cybernetic disease having infected the majority of the world’s population. The people infected by this man-made disease, are known as the Fallen, and unlike your typical zombie story/movie, all it takes is one touch from the Fallen for them to turn you! Once turned, the Fallen are portrayed as half human, half-cyborg, programmed to infect the remaining population!

Living amongst this chaos is a group of human survivors, who have cultivated a garden known as ‘Eden’. As they try to survive in Armageddon, three strangers, also trying to survive the chaos, approach them. West, the leader of their group has a hidden past, involving one of the habitants of Eden, Eve. As their connected pasts come into light, the Fallen are becoming more aggressive, and their hopes of remaining in Eden are dwindling.

My description of this book so far, does not even touch on the intertwining relationships and the lives of others before the infection existed, for fear of spoiling the book. Even if you are not a big fan of sci-fi, I think this book would be anyone’s cup-of-tea.

- this review by Bree Sherd

Title: Eden
Author: Keary Taylor
Publisher: CreateSpace, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: June 2011
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1463525965
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult