Crashing Edenby Michael Sussman
Published on May 11, 2012 by Solstice Publishing
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
For one boy and his friends, the path to Paradise comes at a cost—one they may not be prepared to pay.
When a biking accident leaves 17-year-old Joss Kazdan with the ability to hear things others can't, reality as he knows it begins to unravel.
A world of legends exists beyond the ordinary life he's always known, and he is transported to the same Paradise he's studying in World Mythology. But the strange gets even stranger when his new friends build a device that delivers people through the gates of the Garden of Eden.
Now Samael, the Creator God, is furious. As Samael rains down his apocalyptic devastation on the ecstasy-seeking teens, Joss and his companions must find a way to appease Samael—or the world will be destroyed forever.
I received Crashing Eden from the author for review and overall, I found the book to be a quick but thought-provoking read. For starters, the book has a basis in the story of Adam and Eve. While anything remotely related to religion is usually on my avoid list for reviews simply because of differing reader opinions, Sussman gives enough of a twist that puts a little science to the story. The idea of a universe held together by “primordial vibrations” is quite an interesting take on things and it really made Crashing Eden different from other books on the shelf.
Personally, I wasn’t a fan of the protagonist, Joss. He’s a tortured soul, a juvenile delinquent that just couldn’t do anything right. My biggest problem with this character wasn’t so much the character himself but the way he was described–or for better words, “told.” I’m a huge advocate of the show, don’t tell rule and I felt like Sussman did more telling when it came to Joss. I wanted to see how depressed he felt, how horrible he felt about himself instead of having it all pointed out. Much of Joss’s back story also became dry to read. Thankfully there was enough excitement in the novel as a whole to keep me entertained but I’m not a Joss fan.
This book is definitely a quick read. The first half seemed to drag on a bit before speeding up for the rest until the end. I would have liked to see the resolution more developed, perhaps, but enjoyed it overall. Crashing Eden is a novel for any age, although I would not recommend it to anyone who dislikes the twist of the Christian religion. It will keep you thinking long after you finish.