Dark Eden

Chris Beckett
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Dark Eden


Dark Eden is the story of a small human community, descended from only two people, trying to survive on an alien planet. The language of the novel is unusual and simplistic, reflecting the speech patterns of the community. The protagonist is a teenage boy, coming of age and challenging the way his society works, and the novel's perspective shifts between him, his companions, and several other people in the community. There is a heavy emphasis on sex, since the community depends on having as many healthy babies as possible. I found it to be an interesting alien world, and a bleak but believable human culture. This first novel of the trilogy comes to a good stopping point, and I don't think I will continue the series.

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