Mother of Eden is the second book in the Dark Eden series by Chris Beckett. I have not read the first novel, Dark Eden, but felt that there was enough back story provided to understand the present situation.
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.
Eden is a dark planet comprised of multiple civilizations whose ancestors traveled from Earth. Each of these civilizations has developed its own culture and ethics based upon the ideas of its original founder. War is brewing as citizens of Eden differ on notions of power, religion, philosophies, and natural resources.
Readers follow Starlight Brooking, a female from a small island community, as her curiosity has her traveling across the sea to communities she didn’t know existed. Starlight quickly learns about politics and realizes that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Every chapter in Mother of Eden is told from different characters’ points of view. I always love it when an author writes this way because it offers a perspective we aren’t privy to in real life. Beckett has created dynamic characters that illustrate the true weaknesses and strengths of men.
I found it difficult to push through this novel at times; it was not a book I could binge read. The pace of action was slow-going and I had a hard time visualizing certain aspects of the story. That being said, the social dilemmas and undertones of criticism towards societal notions are captured beautifully.
I will probably go back and read Dark Eden and look forward to reading other installments of this series in the future.