Eve of Destruction
Eve of Destruction

Series: Dark Eden   

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Annotation: Seven teens return to the place where they were cured of their worst fears one year earlier and become entangled in a plot for revenge.
Catalog Number: #60248
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 277 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-210182-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-54737-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-210182-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-54737-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2011053345
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this sequel to Dark Eden (2011), the seven teenagers who were cured of their intense and crippling fears at an isolated site, where doctors conducted experiments with mind control, find themselves returning there in an attempt to see the dying Mrs. Goring, who presides over the creepy property. When she promises them a fix for the physical ailments they mysteriously contracted during their first stay, they wind up in an underground silo, booby-trapped with radioactive waste and worse. Their quest requires them to split up, providing the narrative with plenty of excuses to jump from one scene of action to the next. Readers seeking nonstop plotting will eat this up and revel in the twists and turns of newly exposed facts about the evil director of Eden. The story is told by Will Besting, who alone of the seven is privy to several crucial secrets. Most of the characters fit certain types tion-oriented athlete, smart-aleck alpha girl, weak link, and so on d lack depth. But Carman's fans won't mind since he delivers the cinematic adventure goods. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Heavy online promotion will be highlighted by the immersive multimedia app, which allows users to read the story while unlocking audio and visual bonuses.
Horn Book
One year after escaping Fort Eden, old Mrs. Goring cons Will Besting and the other characters from Dark Eden into coming back. Promising to return what was lost and cure their ailments, Goring sends the teenagers to find some mysterious vials. Despite the strong first-person narration, the plot is confusing if startlingly reminiscent of the prior book.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-In this follow-up to Dark Eden (HarperCollins, 2011), Will Besting returns to Fort Eden at the behest of cranky old Mrs. Goring. Threatening to reveal secrets that could jeopardize Will's relationship with Marisa, the woman pushes her advantage and convinces Will to lure all of Rainsford's former victims back to the abandoned military installation where they were all "cured." Now suffering from inexplicable and debilitating side effects, the kids are promised what they desire most from Goring: a true cure that will return them to 100 percent normal. Sent to the depths of the base to retrieve mysterious vials that hold the key to their salvation, Will begins to suspect Goring's motives when she locks them all inside. To his horror, he discovers that Rainsford and the missing wayward member of their group, Avery, are locked beneath Fort Eden as well. While much of the ominous atmosphere is maintained from the first book, this sequel fails to provide the same high-stakes eeriness of the original. Carman's descriptions of the underground labyrinth where most of the story is set tend to be more confusing than evocative, and the fact that Rainsford and Avery pop up halfway through the novel with no explanation of how or why they got there may baffle many readers. Still, fans of the original will no doubt enjoy this book, which satisfyingly concludes Rainsford's wicked hold over his seven original victims. Ryan Donovan, New York Public Library
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Word Count: 52,021
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 151322 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.7 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q58055
Lexile: HL770L

In Dark Eden: Eve of Destruction, the thrilling sequel to New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman’s Dark Eden, the seven teens who were “cured” by Rainsford reunite to find relief from their ailments...and realize they may have the power to stop Rainsford’s ghoulish reign once and for all.

Ensnared in a dangerous and ever-deepening mystery, Will Besting must lead his friends through a perilous underground trap masterminded by two devious souls at war with one another. It’s a game of cat-and-mouse, and not everyone will be alive when it’s over.

Dark Eden: Eve of Destruction is a harrowing journey into the depths of fear, love, revenge, and—ultimately—redemption.

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