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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408828693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408828694
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.9 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exquisite angst and spine-tingling romance with a futuristic twist combine as a boy with a deadly secret arrives to change one girl's life - for ever.

About the Author

Helen Douglas graduated from the LSE with a degree in economic history. After a stint as a subeditor in London, she moved to California, where she worked as a theatre director, then as an English teacher. A keen stargazer, it was a telescope that she received as a birthday gift that helped inspire AFTER EDEN. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband and children.


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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2013
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A science fiction novel for young adult readers. Recommended reading age would be thirteen and up, thanks to some mild adult themes, one bit of mild language, and a little bit of violence.

It runs for two hundred and seventy eight pages and is divided into a prologue and eighteen chapters.

Although it's pretty much complete and self contained in one volume, it does leave a slight loose end or two. And it is billed as being the first in a series.

Set in the fictional Cornish town of Perran, the lead character is a teenage girl called Eden. Who narrates the story in the first person. An orphan who lives with her aunt, and one of those people who fits in somewhere in the middle of all the groups at school, she's best friends with a boy called Connor and another girl called Megan.

In the prologue, which isn't narrated by Eden, we witness Connor offering his heart to his date and a dance. And ending up very disappointed.

When chapter one begins and Eden narrates, things are taking place two months prior to all that. On one ordinary day, she notices new boy at school Ryan. As do all the other girls. But Ryan seemingly only has eyes for her. The two hit it off. There's something strange about him, though. He doesn't know who Hitler was. He has no idea what Pizza is. And Connor doesn't really like him.

Nor does he like the burgeoning relationship between his best friend Eden and Ryan.

Is it love at first sight? Or does Ryan have other things on his mind? Such as saving the human race...

The science fiction in this is always there, but a background element for a lot of it. At it's heart a character drama in a contemporary setting.
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I can't summarise this cracking YA Sci fi romance without giving away the plot. But what I can say is that I raced through this book.
There is enough timey-wimey mind bendingly brilliant shennanigans going on to satisfy both Sci Fi fans, and lovers of a darn good romance.
In fact for me this is The Butterfly Effect meets Dr Who & bumps into Romeo and Juliet.
Loved it - it's perfect summer reading
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By Roman Clodia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2013
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This is a very sweet and innocent teen romance with a vaguely sci-fi twist, probably better suited to 11-13 year olds rather than older teens. The protagonists are 15-17, and apart from drinking lots of fruity alcopops and a bit of under-age driving (kind of), they're all pretty well-balanced and generally nice.

There's a bit of mystery and a `quest' but it's all pretty low-key and easily managed with no real anxiety, and it's fairly obvious from the start what Ryan's big secret is - even Eden herself barely turns a hair when she finds him out.

So this is a light read with minimal angst or danger. Douglas writes in an easy, flowing style and her scenes are nicely clear and visual. This doesn't have the grip or intrigue of some of the best teen/YA fiction, but is a pleasant enough read.
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I loved this book, the mystery behind Ryan was really engaging and made you contemplate as to why he could not recognise simple things and events; for example, pizza! I also really love the cover, I like the way the bottom half is swamped in colour but then it fades into a night sky showing the importance of the sky in this book.

When Ryan joins Eden's high school, he doesn't seem to add up. He doesn't know about any types of popular food and significant events that had happened in history. Thats because he has a secret. But as Eden tries to uncover his secrets... she may change history for good.

Eden was a really likeable character, she was determined and was not surprised by anything. Except about Connor's feelings... She helped in a mature manner and it was nice to see that she stayed strong and kept in mind that things can't last forever and sometimes you have to do whats right for everyone else, not just yourself.

Ryan was probably not the best person to send on the mission. He let things slip, a lot. He seemed to also be very much controlled by his feelings but he was also a likeable character who evolved slowly throughout the story and that you admired how much of a challenge and danger he was putting himself into to save others.

The plot flowed together precisely, I was captured by it meaning I couldn't put it down (It only took me 1 day to read... thats how AMAZING it was!) The romance side of this story was really sweet, as they knew that they were unable to be together. I really enjoyed the love triangle due to the fact that I had a good idea who she was going to end up with. Then we have the cleaner... I figured it out pretty quickly however, you do still have your doubts when nothing seems to arise.
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This a great teen sci-fi novel, I make it a point of always reading any book I send to my children, grandchildren or give to other youngsters. This was no exception. This scenario is, for once, set in an English High school, based in a fictional village in Cornwall. It has all the components of a good teen novel - the clique, the nerds, even the beach parties and prom(ball); add in the "alien", but not a vampire or werewolf, and not set in the USA! Our "Alien" does not know what Pizza is or who Hitler was in the first few pages, so, dear reader, we know something is not right. Our lovely heroine Eden, lives with her aunt, having lost both her parents in a drunken crash. Ryan, our hero arrives mid-term and befriends Eden's small circle, paying a great deal of attention to Eden herself, much to the dismay of her best friend, Connor. Ryan is under the impression that Connor has serious feelings about Eden but she shrugs these off as a brotherly sort of interest. Interestingly throughout the book, sex does not rear its typical teen ugly head. Kissing and affection yes!

Eden soon discovers Ryan's secret, and the vital mission he is on. He lives with what he calls his "sister" and "father", but the truth is different. They are all in cahoots to save the planet. Are they aliens? and why is her Aunt's boyfriend so interested in her feelings? It is apparent that Ryan and Eden are becoming close, but the mission revealed in full to Eden by Ryan is more important that any personal feelings. The book is a gentle love story, not one but two, in effect. It reminds me in stye (without the 'alien'impact) of the writiing of Beverley Cleary's Fifteen - a daring book for 1956 (I read it in 1963, aged 13 and was quite shocked!).
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