Beyond New Eden
by H.S. Stone
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: March 8, 2013
Publisher: H.S. Stone
Genre: YA Dystopian
Print Length: 288 pages
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142 has lived her entire life in the domed city of New Eden, home to the
only surviving humans after the War. Like all of the inhabitants of New
Eden, Eve 142 is a clone. Together with the other clones, dubbed the
Adams and the Eves, she leads a safe, predictable existence. However,
Eve’s life changes when she causes a tragic accident to befall one of
the Adams. As retribution, she and her counterpart, Adam 142, are
banished from New Eden.
At first, Eve 142 considers their
punishment a death sentence because she grew up believing the world
outside the dome was uninhabitable. She is wrong. Forced to live in the
Wastelands, Eve and Adam discover many new truths about the outside
world and, more importantly, the truths about themselves.
Beyond New Eden by H. S. Stone
Is it possible to find a fresh way to deal with the aftermath of the devastation of the Earth’s population? How about tossing clones into the mix, giving them a controlled environment, a regimented life, and every year, replace the oldest clone couple with newborn clones? Women are all named Eve, men are named Adam. The identifier is the number after their name. Think about it, no jealousy, no competition, no unpleasant personalities, no doubts about your future, almost sounds perfect, right? Only human error can upset the balance, but that’s never happened until an explosion kills Adam 141 and injures Eve 141, the most likely person responsible is Eve 142, it was an accident, but Adam 142 tries to share her blame and their punishment is to be banished to the outside world which is believed to be deadly, dangerous, desolate and unpopulated. What the docile Eve142 and equally docile Adam142 find is far from what they have always been told. Have they been lied to? There are people, surviving in their own villages, and they are all different, no clones, but a refreshing variety, some good, some questionable and some terrifying. Learning to survive, learning different truths, Eve142 and Adam142 begin to blossom, to gain personality, to feel for others in a genuine way. Are they also finding love?
But hatred for the clones of the past brings danger to their door and another battle is looming. Have Adam 142 and Eve142 brought destruction to their people? Who is lying? What is the real story behind the clones and the end of the world?
Beyond New Eden by H. S. Stone brings to life another tale of destruction, re-building and survival. The building of this world is brilliant, to make such a controlled world for the clones, covering all aspects of the community operation, gives a perfectly bland view of survival. The humans in the outside world live an entirely different life, and that, too was frighteningly realistic. One thing that felt a little too real was that after everything, hatred and prejudice were still alive and well. On the other hand, there was joy, love and a true feeling of community. Well written, cleverly plotted and very imaginative, Beyond New Eden is a gentle breath of fresh air in this genre. Do NOT expect fast and furious action, but do expect a great pace that unfolds into a wonderful escape from reality.
I received this copy as part of the Beyond New Eden Review Tour Stopping at Tome Tender November 29, 2014.