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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.

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    Not my cup of tea

    “Dark Eden” is about Family. Family arrived on Eden when the Landing Vehicle accosted the planet and the first mother and father came out of it. Since then, in Circle Valley they are waiting for Earth to come and get them back. Generations and generations have passed, the Family is now bigger then ever, but still no signs of Earth have come their way. Food is getting rarer with every passing waking. The solution John Redlantern found to this problem is to go across Dark and start a new Family there. Something nobody ever thought would be possible and that is the reason why most of Family think he is crazy for trying. I’ve had a hard time getting into this book because I thought the beginning was really confusing. Actually, Eden was so weird to me with all those lantern trees and six feet creatures that it was difficult for me to imagine them. I had the feeling someone was trying to describe to me Pandora in the movie Avatar without actually having seen the movie. Which is kind of difficult to do. Also, the writing style of the author took some adapting too with all those repeating words, but once you get used to it, it is really enjoyable. I like the main character, John Redlantern. I think that the fact that he wants to do something nobody on Eden has done before and that he is actually going through with it made him very courageous. But by the end of the story, when I saw that he always wanted to go further and further and that he always wanted more, he started to annoy me quite a bit. It is kind of a down side when you are annoyed by the main character of the book you are reading and that you can’t even stand him anymore. Luckily, the fact that it was changing of point of view at every chapter made it less hard to read. In conlusion, I think the concept of the book was really original with the humans waiting for Earth to get them back. Most of the other science-fiction books I’ve read were all about how to survive an alien invasion, which can become boring after so many.

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