Will Besting is a teen with a horrible phobia. Will's therapist, Dr. Stevens, tells his parents about Fort Eden, a place for teens battling phobias. But what will happen when Will is forced to go to Fort Eden with six other teens? They arrive and find two very creepy concrete buildings. Will doesn't trust what is going on, so he decides to hide in the forest. Then he discovers a hidden room in the basement of one of the buildings with monitors that show everything happening in the camp. What is really happening to the teens within Eden? Can it really cure them of their phobias or will it trap them forever?
I was so excited when I got "Dark Eden" because I love reading anything by Patrick Carman. The setting is amazing, you feel like you're actually part of the book. One of the other great things is that the book has a downloadable app that goes with the story. Those who enjoy interactive books will want to pick up "Dark Eden" along with Patrick Carman's other books.
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.