Cover of Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
Dark Eden
Chris Beckett
Finished: April 23, 2014
Rating: ★★

Despite a great premise, this whole book feels awkward and undercommitted. Emma Donoghue’s Room and Will Self’s The Book of Dave had the courage to fully commit to telling their stories in a broken English style, but this applied it so inconsistently as to make it jarring as fuck. And then the whole thing abruptly ends just as soon as it starts to get interesting. I had to check to see if my Kindle edition was missing a final couple of chapters (it’s not). In media res is a great place to start a story. Unfortunately for Dark Eden, it’s not such a great place to finish.