AFTER EDEN by Helen Douglas


Age Range: 12 - 18
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In this romance-laced science-fiction thriller, Eden must navigate a thorny love triangle.

Eden’s distress at her best friend Connor’s romantic overtures increases as her relationship with mysterious Ryan blooms. His disclosure that Eden must prevent Connor’s discovery of a new planet in order to save Earth’s future jeopardizes her relationships and her safety. Readers, like Eden, quickly understand that Ryan’s confusion about ordinary objects like pizza and his unfamiliarity with historical figures like Hitler and Gandhi suggest that he may not be an average teen. However, as the novel initially focuses on Eden’s very normal high school experiences, her discovery that Ryan has traveled from the future is quite jarring. Still, the introduction of this new twist and plotline keeps the novel from becoming just another trite high school love triangle. Though Eden and Ryan’s relationship is not terribly interesting, the tragedy of their 110-year age difference combines with Ryan’s inevitable return to the future to appeal to many paranormal-romance fans. The plot unfolds fairly predictably, but the novel does offer plenty of unexpected twists and an increased pace when the future world ruthlessly begins seeking Eden’s elimination.

Readers who persevere through the long exposition will find their patience rewarded by a series of exciting revelations that ignite the action in the last third of the novel. (Science fiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Nov. 5th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-61963-130-4
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2013


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