April 16, 2014

Dark Eden by 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.


Premise sounds awesome, right?  Well, I thought it would be entertaining to just give you my Goodreads status updates as I read this book.

25.0%"Ha! That little story that got passed down and mixed up about Jesus and Hitler was pretty entertaining."
34.0%"Absolutely ZERO point to chapter 13. All of it had already been talked about. Beckett needs to get on with the story before I give up altogether on this."
47.0%"This book is slow slow. And repetitive repetitive. Hopefully now something is starting to happen."
58.0%"Finally! The repetition has stopped and the story is moving forward and it is good. I think the galley just needs a lot of editing."
70.0%"I still feel meh about this book. Reading it is a chore."

The book was just so disappointing.  I have no idea how it won an award.   So much could have been done with this story and it was just boring boring (I keep repeating words because that is how they say how extreme something is in the story.  Boring is boring.  Very boring is boring boring.  Yeah.)  

Have you read this book?  What did you think?  

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