After Eden

After Eden

by Helen Douglas


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ISBN-13: 9781619631304
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,160,714
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

A keen stargazer, one of Helen Douglas's first memories is of getting up in the middle of the night to sneak outside and watch the Perseids meteor shower. It was a telescope that she received as a birthday gift that helped inspire Eden. She lives in Cornwall with her husband and children. After Eden is her first novel.

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After Eden 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
CelesteP More than 1 year ago
t's not often that I describe science fiction as quiet, but After Eden definitely fits the bill. It's a quiet science fiction story about a boy who meets a girl, only to have the girl discover that she's actually key to the future of the universe.  Eden is a teenaged girl who has lived a relatively sedate life in Cornwall, after suffering from family tragedy early on in life. After meeting Ryan, a boy who is clearly not from America as he claims, Eden is pulled into a situation that she could have never possibly imagined.  Debut author Helen Douglas does fine job of balancing the large-scale science fiction aspects of After Eden - including slightly heady concepts like time travel and intergalactic discoveries - with the unwavering recognition that at the end of the day, this is also still very much a story about a girl's coming-of-age.  Even as Eden is pulled deeper and deeper into her efforts to help Ryan, Douglas never forgets that this is a story about first loves and youthful heartbreak, and she effortlessly balances the magnitude of Eden and Ryan's work, with constant reminders that they are just two people who are experiencing all of the same quiet emotions and feelings of other young people around them.  As Eden and Ryan close in on their final objectives, Douglas also reminds readers throughout the story of the impact of ripple effects, and how one action can inevitably lead to the next. Eden's intelligence and instinctive recognition of that domino effect is put to good use, while also provides readers with a smart, clever heroine to admire.  While the ending does admittedly feel a little abrupt and too neatly tied up at times, it's also a great reminder that life does sometimes just work out in mysterious ways. This sci-fi nerd was utterly satisfied by this read, and is looking forward to whatever else Douglas decides to write. 
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** After Eden by Helen Douglas Book One of the After Eden series Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens Publication Date: November 5, 2013 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): The day Eden met Ryan changed her world forever. Actually, not just her world. Ryan has time traveled from the future to save the world. In a few weeks, Eden’s best friend Connor will discover a new planet—one where human life is possible. The discovery will make him famous. It will also ruin the world as we know it. When Ryan asks Eden for help, she must choose between saving the world and saving her best friend’s greatest achievement. And a crush on Ryan complicates things more than she could have imagined. Because Connor is due to make the discovery after the girl he loves breaks his heart. That girl is Eden.  What I Liked: Well, this novel was certainly interesting! You all know how I feel about time-travel books - I'm generally not a fan. I love Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red trilogy, but outside of that series, I generally dislike the time-travel novels I read. This one wasn't bad! I was not sure what to expect, when I started this novel, but for the most part, I liked what I got. Douglas carves out an interesting story that isn't too heavy on the science fiction and the time-travel, yet everything is about the time-travel. Everything in the story relies on the time-travel aspect of this book. Eden and Ryan, and everything changes for Eden. Suddenly, things don't add up. Something isn't right about Ryan and his presence, and Eden isn't the only one who notices. Sure, he's beautiful, smart, old-fashioned, and all-around fabulous, but Eden knows better. It doesn't take Eden very long to get close to Ryan, and to figure out his secret - he's not from the same time period as she is. Things begin to unravel, and Eden finds herself in the middle of everything. Throw in a jealous best friend, a Mean-Girls-esque crazy girl, and an upcoming ball... you've got quite the story. This book is really short, and really simple. Eden meets Ryan, they grow close, Eden finds out, Eden helps Ryan, climax, ending. The plot is so so so easy to figure out, and you can totally see where the story is heading. The ending is predictable, and I kind of wished this book ended differently, ESPECIALLY since there will be a sequel.  Nevertheless, the plot was pretty interesting, despite me figuring out everything after reading, like, the synopsis. The novel is set in England, and not the United States, so that was kind of different and cool. There were a lot of differences in dialogue and terminology, which I liked. I mean, I read so many books set in the United States. I liked the change! The romance is solely between Eden and Ryan, but there are some annoying secondary characters in this book that will probably piss you off. Their roles are understandable, and justifiable, but that doesn't mean I have to like them.  The ending... cliche. See below. What I Did Not Like: I had problems with the romance, plot, and ending. I'll start with the romance. One word (which isn't even a word): instalove. Eden and Ryan don't gently progress into the relationship. They see each other and BAM! They're in love. At least, in Eden's case, that is true. The same could be said for Ryan, but we never get his point-of-view. But seriously, instalove is almost as bad as love triangles. Almost. And Ryan just seems TOO perfect. He came across as very one-dimensional, as did Eden. I didn't connect with either of them very well. I understand Eden better when she realized what would happen with Ryan (not telling). That part felt raw and totally real. But Eden in general - and Ryan - not so much connection. They were flat and one-dimensional, in my opinion. The plot was EXTREMELY predictable. I had no trouble figuring out what would happen, EARLY in the book. Like, reading the synopsis, just think of a bare skeleton for this book. That's your plot! The basics! No subtle foreshadowing, or plot twists, or anything like that. This book is very straightforward, and that made it a tiny bit boring. Oh, and the ending? Cliche. I wish it had been the other way around, especially since a sequel is in the works. I'm not going to say if the ending was happy or sad, but I thought it was too wrapped up and shiny. There needed to be something different about the ending.  Would I Recommend It: Eh. It's sort of up to you. I was actually really excited to read this book, and after reading it, I feel kind of let down. It's not the best science fiction (more specifically, time-travel) novel out there, but it was okay for me. I enjoyed reading it, and I don't regret reading it. It was a short read, so if you have time, read it! But it's not a must-read. Rating: 3 stars. I do plan on reading the sequel!