“Seven teens are sent to a remote 'camp,' an institution equipped to cure them of their profound fears. Fort Eden is no summer camp, however, but an isolated bunker run by a prickly caretaker and the elusive program leader, Rainsford. One teen, Will Besting, knows that there is more going on than traditional treatment. Will must face his own demons and survive if he is to help the others. But can any of them truly overcome their fears? Richly woven and hauntingly intriguing, this is a must-read title for fans of the psychological thriller.”
— Julie Bond, Kepler's Books & Magazine, Menlo Park, CA
Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares--with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night's experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?
Patrick Carman's Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory, and-- ultimately--immortality.
A spooky, psychological thriller. With seven different characters who have seven different fears, there is bound to be someone for readers to relate to in one way or another...the supernatural twist at the end will leave teens with more questions than answers.
-School Library Journal
“A compelling read that transposes the best aspects of classic horror storytelling onto a modern backwoods adventure reluctantly experienced by seven terrified teens.”
-Los Angeles Times
“DARK EDEN is a fast-paced thrill ride.”
-Los Angeles Times
“The added supernatural twist...maintains Fort Eden’s air of doom and gloom to the very end.
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books