EDEN | Tim Lebbon
04.07.2020 | Titan Books
Rating: 4/5 stars
The Earth’s oceans are filled with islands of refuse, the Amazon rainforest is all but destroyed, and countless species on the brink of extinction. The Virgin Zones have been recreated in an attempt to let nature reclaim parts of the world. These vast areas are off-limits to humanity. With every guarded area, come those that want access. Dylan, along with his daughter Jenn, lead a team of adventurers into Eden, the oldest of the Zones. These adventurers are adrenaline junkies and extreme competitors looking to cross the Zones with a minimal amount of equipment, depending on their raw skills and courage to make it out alive. What if the Zone was to fight back?
Tim Lebbon has crafted a brilliant supernatural eco-thriller with EDEN! I’ve never read something that fell into this category, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started reading this book. What I found was a story that felt like a suspenseful movie drenched in tense moments.
EDEN brings us a group of extreme adventurers who have a goal to make it through all of the Virgin Zones. They’ve run, climbed, and swam their way through several and now they have their eyes set on the Zone the world knows the least about. No one has ever trekked over Eden. Dylan is the leader of this group and one of the main characters that the reader is able to bond with. I felt like ultimately, I formed a stronger bond with his daughter, Jenn, who stole the storyline from Dylan. Both characters are strong-willed and a delight to read about. It wasn’t one character that made this story work so well for me, but the entire team dynamic and watching everyone interact.
Hands down, my favorite part of this book is the vivid imagery. Lebbon does a phenomenal job of bringing Eden to life and describing everything in a way that transported me to this fictional place. I love when authors are able to describe a location and the actions in it to such a level of detail that I can feel my heart racing along with the characters, which is exactly how I felt reading this book!
EDEN is a tough book to talk about in terms of plot because it’s truly something I think you should experience blindly, just like those exploring the land in the book.
A huge thank you to Titan Books for my gifted copy!
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