Genre: Science Fiction
Synopsis: Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she’s hooked. On the face of it, he’s a typical American teenager. So why doesn’t he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn’t heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he’s taking in her.
As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his secret. Her breakthrough comes one rainy afternoon when she stumbles across a book in Ryan’s bedroom – a biography of her best friend – written over fifty years in the future. Confronting Ryan, she discovers that he is there with one unbelievably important purpose … and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.
200words (or less) review: I took a chance on After Eden, the time-travel element really was the big seller for me.
If I’m brutally honest, yes half a page of how good looking Ryan is did annoy. As did the swooning and the fact that at times Eden seems almost wilfully dense to what is going on around her BUT I really enjoyed reading this.
Helen Douglas writes in the where-has-the-time-gone style (as I call it). I started this book and was suddenly on page 70.
After Eden finds Connor’s future biography the story really picks up. I might not have loved the main characters from the beginning (although Connor is really easy to like) but the further I got into the story the more I cared.
I’m really glad I gave this book a chance because it certainly entertained me. There is a sequel to After Eden and yes I will be reading it.