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Author: Chris Beckett Narrator: various narrators Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9780147521545
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“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.

Read by:
Jayne Entwistle
Bruce Mann
Heather Wilds
Suzan Crowley
Nicholas Guy Smith
Lucy Rayner
Hannah Curtis
Katharine McEwan
Emma Bering Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • A fantastic novel…Beckett has created a bizarre world of astounding imaginative vision, grounded by fundamental human conflicts. Shelf Awareness
  • Riveting…a keenly imagined vision of the interaction between human nature and a truly alien world. BookPage
  • Brilliantly imaginative…a superb entertainment, a happy combination of speculative and literary fiction. Not to be missed. Booklist (starred)
  • Dazzlingly inventive… superbly well paced and well written… packed with ideas.  Reader’s Digest
  • “Pure astonishment and pleasure, a storytelling ride full of brio and wonder.  Locus 
  • “A stunning novel and a beautiful evocation of a truly alien world.  Sunday Times
  • Captivating and haunting…human plight and alien planet are both superbly evoked.  Daily Mail(UK)
  • A linguistic and imaginative tour de force.  The Guardian (UK)
  • Poetic…Beckett renders the terror of the darkness beyond the forests with a riveting deftness that evokes all primordial fears of the unknown…There’s plenty here to intrigue and entrance. New York Times Book Review
  • “Readers delighted by the first book will certainly wish to renew their acquaintance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This sequel to Dark Eden continues the story of a civilization started by astronauts from Earth who were stranded on a distant planet…The detailed world-building and strong characters beautifully illustrate the usefulness of myths as a tool for keeping power in the hands of a few. This sequel will resonate with teens who meet resistance when questioning the status quo.”

    School Library Journal

  • A 2015 British Science Fiction Association Award Shortlist Selction

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About the Author

Chris Beckett is a university lecturer living in Cambridge, England. His short stories have appeared in such publications as Interzone and Asimov’s Science Fiction and in numerous “year’s best” anthologies. In addition to the Arthur C. Clarke award for Dark Eden, he won the Edge Hill Prize, the UK’s premier award for short story collections, for his collection The Turing Test.

About the Narrator

Thérèse Plummer is an actor, award-winning voice-over artist, and counselor. She is a winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. She has appeared in a variety of television and film roles. As a counselor for adolescents, she spent five years using drama therapy techniques in individual and group settings.