Garden of Eden by Kate Cowan
Series: The Legend of Eden #1
Re-Release date: October 22nd 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Age Group: YA
It has been four years.
Four years since the day the Catchers found her family.
Four years since she escaped capture.
And four years since the day her mother locked her and Will, a boy she hardly knew, in an attic, ‘for their own protection’.
Now, Eden White is fifteen, and sick of being a prisoner of parents who all but abandoned her. It was as simple as one walk down a beautiful, foggy beach, but it ended with Eden and Will face to face with Catchers – and this time, there is no escape.
When Eden wakes, she finds herself on an island, surrounded by hundreds of stolen children. Enrolled in the island school, Jordan Hall, Eden quickly learns that the island is not what it seems.
And, in the woods surrounding the school, she discovers a wild, beautiful magic inside of herself – one she has no idea how to control. With three unlikely new friends, Eden begins to realize that the headmistress is hiding much more than the stolen children – and what they learn in the laboratories below the school could cost Eden her life.
Garden of Eden is a quick, and mysterious read. It seemed almost like a prequel to the Legend of Eden series. It sets up everything, and still leaves tons of questions unanswered, and leaves you wanting to pick up the next book to find out what is going on on this mysterious island. The book starts off right in the middle of the action, with the “catchers” on the prowl. You don’t really know who the catchers are, but you do know that they are after children under 18. We have no idea why though.
Eden escapes attack, but all of her siblings are taken and she is locked in the attic for her protection. But even though her parents say that they want to protect her, they are awful to her. They basically starve her and keep her as a prisoner. But a few chapters into the book, Eden sneaks outside with her only friend Will (who conveniently showed up right when the rest of her family was taken by catchers) and they both get captured and whisked off to this strange island in the middle of nowhere and forced to attend this school with a bunch of other kids who are captured. I still am not too sure who we can trust and who we can’t, so I haven’t really formed too many opinions on the two guys in the story.
Most of the book is Eden asking a bunch of questions and trying to figure out what was going on. That was my favorite part of the story. I loved how inquisitive Eden was. She somehow seems important to the people on the island, but we don’t find out why. But I really admired how determined Eden was to figure out what was going on. I would have been totally freaked out, but Eden was fearless and she found a good group of friends that seemed like they would help her get some answers. The book ends on a pretty explosive note. There are still a tons of whys floating around in my head, but what they did find out seems so cool and unique! I just need to read the next book to find out more of what is going on. I think the story will really come to life in the next book, because we ended in such a cool place. There is just so much that needs to happen in the next book! I can’t wait to find out more about Eden and this mysterious island.
Kate is an artist, an animation student, a black belt in karate and now, an author. She didn’t discover writing until mid-high school, when she began writing an (unintentionally) hilarious novel involving a teenage girl and a magic necklace. Her current novel series, The Legend of Eden, began as a story of Arthurian magic, but quickly transformed into something much different.
Kate currently lives in Ontario, Canada, in a zoo of a house. When she isn’t writing, she’s drawing, cooking, or browsing the Internet for new music.
www.katecowanauthor.com | twitter.com/K_Cowan_Author