#Review: Beyond New Eden – H. S. Stone
Eve 142 has lived a monotonous existence from the moment she was born in New Eden. She is like all the other clones, homely, predictable, and content with the life she leads. At eighteen years old, her life has only just begun. Like her, her beloved Adam 142 gets to learn the daily nuances of what life in New Eden is like. It’ll help them make the best decisions possible as the days go on.
When an unexpected accident occurs and both are banished from the city itself, Eve isn’t sure as to what she should do. She’s heard stories of what life was like before The War. Such knowledge frightens her to the point that she isn’t sure as to whether she can go on living outside of the walls of New Eden. In her mind, she’s not ready for the horrors she’ll soon face. How can she be? Life outside of the dome is atrocious at best.
Determined to make the most of her situation, Eve and Adam embark on a journey that soon changes the way they see the world. Life amongst the citizens inhabiting the Wasteland is nothing like the world they’ve known. The people there don’t have the same advancements or opportunities they do while at the dome. Everything is different in more ways than one.
Eve soon realizes that what she and Adam have been told about the world outside New Eden is a lie. There is and always will be life outside the dome. Why this fact has been kept from the clones, she doesn’t know, though she’s determined in finding out. Deep inside, she knows that uncovering the secrets of New Eden’s past won’t be pretty. Yet others must know of what’s being hidden from them. The question is, how much is she willing to risk in order to make a life for herself and Adam once everything is said and done?
A truly intriguing book, Beyond New Eden gets into the nitty-gritty of what life as a clone is like. Set in the distant future, we get to learn about a group of people who are cloned from the same model. They live and die in the dome, never once questioning their own existence. All that changes however, when the unexpected accident occurs.
Based on what the world would be like if such things were to truly happen, H. S. describes an environment that is highly realistic. Mind you, human cloning is outlawed in this day and age, but who’s to say that such things won’t happen in the future. A truly thrilling read, Beyond New Eden opens the mind to what life would be like if cloning were to be an option. Definitely looking forward to more of H. S.’s writing.
Eve 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.
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About The Author:
Even before he could read, H.S. Stone wanted to write a book. Fascinated by the stories that seemed to leap from his kindergarten teacher’s books, he went home and wrote his own book, with illustrations and bound by staples. Of course, since he didn’t know how to read or write yet, the book was full of gibberish.
Undaunted, H.S. eventually mastered the ABC’s and continued to write throughout his grade school years, adolescence, and into adulthood. Despite earning a degree and working in a field not related to writing, he continued to pursue his writing passion.
H.S. Stone’s publications include novels aimed at Young Adult and Middle Grade readers as well as several short stories. He currently lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Having never been in direct sunlight before, my first thought upon entering the greenhouse was whether its artificial lights felt the same as the real thing. The heat from rows of electric lamps overhead lapped my exposed skin in waves of warmth, and I imagined that was how the sun really felt.
I had seen pictures of the sun before, of course, and I knew the astronomical facts about the star that the Earth orbited, but I had never seen the glowing yellow orb with my own eyes. None of us had.
The pictures I’d seen were taken before The War. The War, which obliterated the planet and left it uninhabitable except for the domed city named New Eden where I was born and lived my entire life. The War, which wiped out all of mankind except for the hundred and fifty inhabitants of New Eden. The War, which defined the most significant milestone in human history. There was the time before The War and the time after it.
Once my eyes adjusted to the brightness, I saw my destination. I walked toward an apple tree, one of three in the greenhouse. A woman in her mid-twenties inspected the tree’s bark with a handheld instrument, her back turned towards me. The woman was a few years older than me, but she shared the same build, the same amber hair, and, although I couldn’t see them at the moment, the same light brown eyes as I had. If not for the age difference, the people before The War would have thought we were twins.
“Hello, One Thirty-Five,” I called out.
The older woman turned around, put her instrument away, and smiled. “Hi, One Forty-Two.” One Forty-Two was what most of the citizens of New Eden called me, short for Eve 142. “I didn’t hear you. You’re early.”
“I finished classes early today.” I returned her smile in a way that I believed resembled hers.
Eve 135 and I weren’t twins. We were clones.