Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Dark Eden - Chris Beckett

On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. 

The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say—and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return. 

But young John Redlantern will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. He will abandon the old ways, venture into the Dark…and discover the truth about their world.

Already remarkably acclaimed in the UK, Dark Eden is science fiction as literature; part parable, part powerful coming-of-age story, set in a truly original alien world of dark, sinister beauty--rendered in prose that is at once strikingly simple and stunningly inventive.

My thoughts:
I liked liked this book (yes the repetition is there for a reason and shows how their language changed.)

The book was good, creepy and made me think about, well everything. It was not even 200 years ago since a man and a woman got stranded on an alien planet. Now there are 500 people there, yes you figure it out. To start the human race again you need lots of incest and it shows as some people have what they call batfaces, and clawfeet. The law later does say that you should not "slip" with close relatives. But to get it started, they did. And it's not like anyone knows who their dad is either since everyone do it with everyone.

I liked how the society was formed and how it was rooted in fear, they HAD to stay where they were so earth would find them. Even though food was scarce now. But tradition was everything and no one really thought of new things anymore.

But like with all things rooted in tradition someone will have an idea and that is John. Was he a god hero? Not really, sure he thought of things but at the same time he was a man (another thing I liked here later how it show female vs male power.) But he was interesting and his was not the only POV. There were other with their strengths and thoughts.

A truly alien world, a new world being built and I could not put it down. This is a series so I checked book 2 at once which takes place long after. And the end was an end, but not really so I am very curious to see how these people survive.

Conclusion:
Totally cool sci.fi.

Cover
Really pretty up close

Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2012)
Dark Eden #1
Science-fiction
For review


42 comments:

  1. Claws? Bat-face? Insects? Ok you have me madly curious my friend!

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  2. Wow - this sounds REALLY different!

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  3. I DNF'd this one. I had problems with the society that I couldn't remedy in my head. Still, I'm glad you enjoyed this one. :)

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    1. Yes it was creepy but I just could not let it go

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  4. ha... hum... different, and yup i agree kind of creepy.

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  5. I'll be reading this one too B. Sounds really good, I'm glad you liked it.

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  6. I was offered this book for review, but passed since I wasn't sure if I would like it. It sounds good but still not sure it would be for me.

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    1. Then maybe it was good you passed

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  7. Alien world? I'm in! Also heard this was a very good dystopian and exploration into the character and the society.

    ~Mogsy

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    1. It was, I liked those aspects and it got even more dystopian in the end. Really dark and good

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  8. oh it's interesting and even if I'm not that much in sci-fi I think I could like this one. I'm also curious about the world.

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    1. I think you could like it too cos in a way sci.fI? No tech here, just alien planet

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  9. Interesting!! If it's a sunless planet, what is it orbiting around? Guess I've been watching too much Cosmos, lol.

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    1. I caught like 1 ep, I should watch more....and now you ask too much. As they are always in the ground in a way, so they do not know and I do not know. Maybe it's just far far away from the sun

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  10. This sounds just like I like them. I'm adding it to my TBR. :)

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  11. Not sure about this, pure sci fi or sci fi romance?

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    1. Sci fi romance...ha..yes no, no freaking way

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  12. Wow...this sounds like a very interesting read. At first I wasn't sure about it, but the second time I read the blurb and your review...it actually has me intrigued. I'll add it to my TBR pile. :-) I also really enjoy the cover...love the use of colors. :-D

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    1. I loved when I turned it and they shimmered :)

      It was good, cos it was different and hey I do love that

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  13. Oh this is new. I haven't heard of it. Does sound good. :) Thank you.

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  14. Ooh I saw this one on audible when I got back from vacation and was so curious about it. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it, it sounds like a fascinating world!

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    1. I wonder how it would be on audio...hm

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  15. I'm so interested now. I'm not so good with sci-fi but when it sounds really interesting, I can't stay away.

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    1. Do read it as it's not tech sci.fi

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  16. Not heard of this one til now, going on my wishlist. Totally cool sci fi ... does it for me :)

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