After Eden

After Eden

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When mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school Eden Anfield is intrigued. On the face of it, he's a typical American teenager. So how come he doesn't recognise pizza and hasn't heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden most, however, is the interest he's taking in her.

As Eden falls in love with Ryan, she stumbles across a book in Ryan's bedroom - a biography of her best friend - written fifty years in the future. Unravelling Ryan's secret, she discovers he has one unbelievably important purpose ... and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 201g
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408828693
  • 9781408828694
  • 384,136

About Helen Douglas

Helen Douglas graduated from the LSE with a degree in economic history. After a stint as a subeditor in London, she moved to California, where she worked as a theatre director, then as an English teacher. A keen stargazer, it was a telescope that she received as a birthday gift that helped inspire AFTER EDEN. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband and children.
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Rating details

2,177 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 28% (608)
4 29% (636)
3 29% (636)
2 9% (205)
1 4% (92)

Our customer reviews

t's not often that I describe science fiction as quiet, but After Eden definitely fits the bill. It's a quiet science fiction story about a boy who meets a girl, only to have the girl discover that she's actually key to the future of the universe. Eden is a teenaged girl who has lived a relatively sedate life in Cornwall, after suffering from family tragedy early on in life. After meeting Ryan, a boy who is clearly not from America as he claims, Eden is pulled into a situation that she could have never possibly imagined. Debut author Helen Douglas does fine job of balancing the large-scale science fiction aspects of After Eden - including slightly heady concepts like time travel and intergalactic discoveries - with the unwavering recognition that at the end of the day, this is also still very much a story about a girl's coming-of-age. Even as Eden is pulled deeper and deeper into her efforts to help Ryan, Douglas never forgets that this is a story about first loves and youthful heartbreak, and she effortlessly balances the magnitude of Eden and Ryan's work, with constant reminders that they are just two people who are experiencing all of the same quiet emotions and feelings of other young people around them. As Eden and Ryan close in on their final objectives, Douglas also reminds readers throughout the story of the impact of ripple effects, and how one action can inevitably lead to the next. Eden's intelligence and instinctive recognition of that domino effect is put to good use, while also provides readers with a smart, clever heroine to admire. While the ending does admittedly feel a little abrupt and too neatly tied up at times, it's also a great reminder that life does sometimes just work out in mysterious ways. This sci-fi nerd was utterly satisfied by this read, and is looking forward to whatever else Douglas decides to more
by Jessamyn Y Huang
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