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SF for grown-ups!,
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This review is from: Dark Eden (Kindle Edition)
I thought I'd fallen out of love with science fiction until I read 'Dark Eden'.The concept of a habitable world without sunlight is stunningly original-the author very cleverly considers both the physical and psychological consequences of a sunless world on his lost tribe.It's not just about brave new worlds-the author knows his Margaret Mead.There is a strong anthropological riff underlying the weird science.The book examines how quickly a culture under stress can collapse and change, how myths are formed and how religions start.The transformation of a society from matriarchal,cooperative community to androgen-fuelled, warrior culture is depicted brilliantly .On another level,it's a rivetting coming-of-age adventure story,complete with flawed heros, obnoxious villains, terrifying monsters and an ending that just begs another book.I really couldn't put it down.Do read!