Can’t remember what kind of noise I made when I first found out Chris Beckett was going back to the world of Dark Eden, but he is! Dark Eden was a very harsh – and I guess very dark – read, but so good. It’s going to be a long wait for “Spring 2015” when Mother of Eden is scheduled for release. (Actually – the UK release appears to be Nov 6th, 2014, but on Beckett’s site, this has been revised to spring 2015. Ack!)
The blurb doesn’t really let on how interesting this is in the Eden setting.
“We speak of a mother’s love, but we forget her power. Power over life. Power to give and to withhold.”
Generations after the breakup of the human family of Eden. the Johnfolk emphasise knowledge and innovation, the Davidfolk tradition and cohesion. But both have built hierarchical societies sustained by violence and dominated by men – and both claim to be the favoured children of a long-dead woman from Earth that all Eden knows as Gela, the mother of them all.
When 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 idea that she will be a stand-in for Gela herself, and wear Gela’s ring on her own finger.
And she has no idea either of the enemies she will make, no inkling that a time will come when she, like John Redlantern, will choose to kill.
This is just not a book I’ll expect you to enjoy without reading the predecessor Dark Eden first – so go do that, if you want some grimdark speculative fiction fitting somewhere between Lord of the flies and, uh, any space colonization tale. (But read the relevant blurbs first so you’ll know if there’s a relevant trigger warning for you, because I can imagine there are people who would prefer to be warned away from this.)