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"A compelling finale to an award-winning saga." --Guardian
-A compelling finale to an award-winning saga.- --Guardian
"Poetic . . . Beckett renders the terror of the darkness beyond the forests with a riveting deftness that evokes all primordial fears of the unknown. . . . There's plenty here to intrigue and entrance." --New York Times Book Review on Mother of Eden
"A superb entertainment, a happy combination of speculative and literary fiction. And it is not to be missed." --Booklist starred review of Dark Eden
"The detailed world-building and strong characters beautifully illustrate the usefulness of myths as a tool for keeping power in the hands of a few." --School LIbrary Journal on Mother of Eden
From a rising star of British SF comes the third and final part of the Eden trilogy, from the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, 2013.See all Product description
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Chris Beckett writes sci-fi in the tradition of the greatest exponents - as a way to explore the human condition. Dark Eden introduced a strange and frightening planet upon which the descendants of one human couple are trying to survive.
The series explores religious dogma, the importance of narratives, traditions and ceremonies, rationality, enlightenment, enterprise, power, greed, vanity, deception, politics, gender, race, class, education, scientific discovery... It's a wonderful vehicle for exploring themes far closer to home than Eden, and using the innocent cyphers that are Gela and Tom's children.
It's fair to say that I'm a fan of Beckett's work and especially of the Dark Eden series. It was with incredible optimism and anticipation that I was looking forward to reading Daughter of Eden, and to cut to the chase, my final feeling was one of pleasure. However, this was the least satisfying book of the trilogy for me. The first half was very slow, and even though I love the exploration of the human condition, I did miss the imaginative descriptions of the landscape, flora and fauna of Eden. When these elements returned in the second half, it felt too much like exposition than an exploration. A strength of any great book, and certainly of the first two books in the series, is characters that the reader can empathise with - even those one doesn't like, such as Mehmet or David from Dark Eden. The strongest characters get the least time in Daughter of Eden and my attention started to wander in parts of the book as I stated to think around the story rather than be engrossed in it, at that moment. While I very much like thinking around the framework of Eden after I've put the books down, I've always been so engrossed in the characters and plots while reading to simply devour the previous two books. Not so with Daughter with Eden.
I don't mean to be over-critical as I have greatly enjoyed the Dark Eden series, and I'm glad to have read Daughter of Eden, but I cannot deny that it was the runt of the litter.
This one is for the Edenistas, whereas i would recommend Dark Eden to anyone at all.
I'm not going to say much more, other than that it rounds everything off in a very satisfying manner. The invention of Dark Eden was an act of creative genius, and Chris Beckett handles his creation expertly.