Review: Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Synopsis:
“We speak of a mother’s love, but we forget her power.”
Civilization has come to the alien, sunless planet its inhabitants call Eden. 
Just a few generations ago, the planet’s five hundred inhabitants huddled together in the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees, afraid to venture out into the cold darkness around them. 
Now, humanity has spread across Eden, and two kingdoms have emerged. Both are sustained by violence and dominated by men – and both claim to be the favored children of Gela, the woman who came to Eden long ago on a boat that could cross the stars, and became the mother of them all.
When young Starlight Brooking meets a handsome and powerful man from across Worldpool, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. But she has no inkling that she will become a stand-in for Gela herself, and wear Gela’s fabled ring on her own finger—or that in this role, powerful and powerless all at once, she will try to change the course of Eden’s history.

My Review:

I didn't love this novel. I didn't get to read the first book in the series, so I think that's why it just wasn't a very good read for me. It was nice, although I constantly felt lost and out of the loop as to what was going on. It gets better eventually when you pretty much catch yourself up but that wasn't enough for me to fall for this book. I, for one would not read this book as a stand alone. I think I would have had a much better experience with it had I been able to read the first book.

It was very interesting and had very different concepts. I liked the idea of glowing waters along with natural light within the trees.The author portrayed humanity so very well and I really liked reading certain parts that truly made me think about humanity as a whole.This is pretty much a good coming-to-age novel. 

*Disclaimer: I was given a review copy provided by Blogging for Books in exchange for an HONEST review. This does not affect my opinion on the book.

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