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Eve of Destruction (Dark Eden Series #2)

Eve of Destruction (Dark Eden Series #2)

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by Patrick Carman

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“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.”
VOYA - Susan Redman-Parodi
Dark Eden 2 takes the reader back to Fort Eden, the illusive treatment center that in the first installment left the characters treated for the debilitating fears they faced with mysterious disabling ailments instead. The characters return to Fort Eden, summoned by staff member Eve Goring, credited in the first book for exposing to protagonist Will Besting the motivation of evil leader of Fort Eden, Rainsford, to perform these cures. Their reunion is immediately marked with suspicion as the secrets of the center are revealed and the group is put to the task of locating vials that contain their individual fears, which together will create the potion to end their ailments and the destruction. Eve Goring gains their trust to set forth on this mission by exposing Rainsford, who conducts these costly experiments as a means to perpetuate his life and capture his youth. The consequences to his victims are disorders that mimic old age. They are sent to an underground missile silo on the campus of Fort Eden, locked inside and forced to run a labyrinth of challenges in order to locate the vials. Will is given the role of controlling the scenario, remotely and with little information, and soon realizes Eve Goring's twisted self-promoting motivation in this endeavor. The group is in danger, and Will seems to be the only one capable of leading them to safety, against all odds. The premise fails to compel the reader into developing any compassion for the characters; the words seem shallow and exist only on the page. The story is haphazard and difficult to follow. The only merit lies in its presentation, as it includes a downloadable app that may entice readers; however, it is not enough to save this book from itself. Reviewer: Susan Redman-Parodi
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

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Dark Eden Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Patrick Carman is the New York Times bestselling author of such acclaimed series as the Land of Elyon and Atherton, the teen superhero novel Thirteen Days to Midnight, and the first two books in the Pulse series. A multimedia pioneer, Patrick authored The Black Circle, the fifth title in the 39 Clues series, and the groundbreaking Dark Eden, Skeleton Creek, and Trackers books. An enthusiastic reading advocate, Patrick has visited more than one thousand schools, developed village library projects in Central America, and created author outreach programs for communities. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his family.

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Eve of Destruction 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He jumps up on the rock. "Alright. So...deputy is Fang. Only one I can trust." He growls. "That's it." He jumps down. (XD lovelt announcement)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was exspecting more reviews. I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was the f***ing best book i have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was not as good as the first one but good
Fantasy24 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of dark Eden. when you start reading, you will know who the bad guy is but then you start questioning yourself, "Is that person really the bad guy?...lol...i like this book!..must read