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Crashing Eden Paperback – 11 May 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (11 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477444890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477444894
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,867,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
Crashing Eden is a book unlike any I've ever read before. It was nothing like what I expected it to be and I was really surprised at the large role that God and the story of Eden played in this novel.

I wasn't particularly fond of any of the characters as I found them all to be a bit two faced. Most of the characters were completely transformed after hearing the 'om' and it was like each character was two different people. This is most noticeable in the main character, Joss, who narrates the story and his character was so drastic I wasn't really sure what to make of him. I suppose the majority of the characters were flawed in order to show the effect that the 'om' had on them but I still can't figure out whether or not I liked this about the book.

Sometimes I found the plot to be really unbelievable, but hey, its a work of fiction so I don't know why I expected otherwise. The spiritual themes discussed were really interesting and I think I was more interested in the philosophical questions raised in this novel rather than the plot itself. I probably wouldn't recommend this to really religious people as they may find it 'blasphemous' or
something like that but for all others this should provide a really great read.

This is a brilliant and thought-provoking novel that is sure to keep you engaged from beginning to end. I think I may have even learned some things about Biblical stories and the Forty days which is an added bonus. This book is for young adults, though I don't see why adults shouldn't enjoy this too and I highly recommend this book.
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Format: Paperback
My Review: 3.75/5*
Michael Sussman's book, Crashing Eden is an interesting and original take on the concept of the story of the Garden of Eden and `God'. Having been approached to review and help promote the book, I found myself incredibly glad to have discovered the text as it isn't something I had previously come across. I enjoy reading twists on classic tales such as Angela Carter's rewritten fairy tales and am soon to be reading a darker, Gothic reworking of various Mother Goose nursery rhymes courtesy of NetGalley. It goes without saying that I was really looking forward to reading this book, and now that I have finished it I am glad that I was shown this book. Do not let my average rating put you off picking this book up, it is just my opinion. The only thing which prevented this rating from being higher was that I felt slightly disappointed with the ending. It was a difficult book for me to rate, hence the very precise 3.75/5*. It was far better than a 3 or a 3.5*. Anyway, enough star discussion, let's get onto my thoughts of the book content.

Once I started reading this book I honestly could not put it down. I devoured 40% of it in just one hour! Sussman's writing style is simplistic, making it an easy and enjoyable read. If my degree has taught me anything about books it is that there is nothing, and I mean nothing, better than a simply written book. Don't get me wrong, some classics I absolutely adore but give me a nice, easy read any day! From the very first page it is made clear that our protagonist Joss' family life isn't all rainbows and butterflies and we are thrown headlong into his dark, depressive familial life.
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Format: Paperback
MY REVIEW
I was sent this paperback book by the author, Michaels Sussman in exchange for my honest review.
Looking at te cover I immediately though Oh wow it's going to be dystopian. It's going to be an apocalypse type of story. From reading the book I would say the two figures on the cover are Joss and Alessa taking a look at the devastation all around them.
This book is not a typical dystopian book, there are lots of religious references and mythological references. The devastation is caused by angry gods. The 12 plagues are mentioned and re-enacted again within the book. I freely admit I would usually refuse to read a book with so many religious elements to it, however I found myself fascinated with this book. I quickly became attached to Joss, the bad boy who wanted to turn good. Joss's relationship with his sister is brilliant, he is almost more of a father to her than Ben is. Kathryn initally comes across as a cold hearted, resentful woman, but later you find out reasons for the possible resentment, and her attitude does change somewhat.
I initially found the book difficult, but persevered with it and ended up really quite enjoying it. I was a little disappointed with the complexities of the story, it was a little like a teacher speaking to a student at times. Then again , there were certain parts that did need and warrant some sort of explanation.
Joss has family issues, his younger brother has recently committed suicide, so naturally the family is somewhat depressed. Joss quite literally by accident discover a zen like state where he hears a sound that says/sings OM and everything changes around him. Then after an unprovoked attack he looses the OM.
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