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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (6 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782392416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782392415
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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The Eden trilogy is a remarkable achievement: with wit, insight and invention Beckett has imagined a scientific Genesis not just about a society, but about the culture and myths that sustain it. It is both politically astute and theologically compelling. -- Stuart Kelly Guardian Every bit as compelling as Dark Eden was... Eden is building into one of most vivid and fascinating places in modern SF. -- Eddie Robson SFX on MOTHER OF EDEN A captivating and haunting book. Daily Mail on DARK EDEN Mother of Eden is a masterpiece. Guardian on MOTHER OF EDEN A classic theme, beautifully told. Sunday Telegraph on DARK EDEN There's no justice if Dark Eden, with its beautiful, terrifying planet, slowly revealed, fails to bring Beckett awards. The Sunday Times on DARK EDEN One of the most accomplished and interesting science-fiction trilogies in recent years. Guardian A compelling finale to an award-winning saga Guardian A remarkable achievement [full of] wit, insight and invention Guardian

About the Author

Chris Beckett is a university lecturer living in Cambridge. He is the winner of the Edge Hill Short Fiction Prize, 2009, for his collection, The Turing Test, the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke award, 2013, for Dark Eden and was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Novel of the Year Award, 2015, for Mother of Eden.


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Impossible to review what is possibly the last book in a series without reference to its predecessors, lets be honest, if you've read the other two you are going to read this one, but if you are are wondering if it is worth it?..Hell yeah
Sci fi/Fantasy, whatever you want to call it, this is a trilogy that resonates on so many levels. This is a story about the creation of Stories and our place in them, both individually and collectively, and the way they guide and shape our existence. From the beginning of Dark Eden through to the end of Daughter of Eden, we see through the eyes of ordinary people the way history is shaped unpredictably by events both big and small, especially when individuals confront the existential angst of rejecting the rules that had previously dictated their lives and choose to strike out and be Master of their own destiny. What makes us Human? What shapes us? Nature or Nurture? Our environment or our upbringing.
Chris Beckett has created a perfect balance of Storytelling and myth, a tale that is familiar and Classic, written in a clear and accessible way
that doesn't get bogged down in tales of intrigue and battles for power, and even though the Planet of Eden and its landscape are beautifully described, nor does it descend into overly detailed World Building descriptions. A fantastic emotional and sometimes breathless read from start to finish, with some characters I feel sad to leave, but pleased that I have known.
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##There are no plot spoilers in my review##

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.
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Back in 2013, Chris Beckett won the Arthur C. Clarke Award with Dark Eden, a novel that was also one of my top reads of that year. Dark Eden was followed in 2015 by Mother of Eden and now comes Daughter of Eden, the conclusion of a science fiction trilogy like no other. If you had to, you could read Daughter of Eden without having read the others, but I really wouldn’t recommend it. This review assumes you’ve read the previous novels.

Eden is a dark world indeed. Its inhabitants live in perpetual twilight or night, lit by the lanterns embedded in the bodies of the curious animals and plants that fill the dark air with their unique sounds. Tribes of humans scrape together a living, increasingly suspicious of the other communities scattered across land and sea, especially the distant tribes that have discovered something precious and dangerous – metal. Everyone, though, is united in their devotion to Gela, the Mother of them all, the origins of their religion and myth. For long ago, after a difficult journey from Earth, Angela and two men, astronauts, were marooned for the rest of their lives on Eden, their only comfort the creation of a family that has now populated the planet, albeit it with the deformities – batfaces, claw feet – of centuries of inbreeding.

About two hundred years have passed since the divisive events of Dark Eden, events that transformed Eden’s society for ever and the planet is still reeling from the repercussions, as revealed in Mother of Eden and the story of Starlight, a remarkable young woman who strove to liberate other women from their oppressors.
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Wow - I love this book - as I did the previous two books in the trilogy (Dark Eden and Mother of Eden). As a whole, the three books (which need to be read in order) create a stunning picture of life on the alien plant of Eden, where a human community has grown up over a few centuries from two stranded astronauts. The descriptions of life on the planet, the landscape, the humans and the wildlife are dazzling and as readers we are totally drawn into to the human community and their experiences. Despite hardship and danger, struggle and fear in people's daily lives, it's a world I missed when each time one of the books was finished. I was entranced by the concluding book, Daughter of Eden. The beginning of this book is a long slow set up for the action which follows - I enjoyed this section of the book and was lulled into feeling comfortable with it and not in the least expecting what happened next, which came as a complete shock! (That's where the "wow" comes in). The resolution of the book is on many levels and is satisfying in its complexity. Story making and myth making (with positive and negative consequences) is a consistent theme in the 3 books but one which is explored in depth in Daughter of Eden. 5 stars again from me and highly recommended.
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