After Eden


How did I get it?:
A Christmas present from my sister, Beth.


When mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school Eden Anfield is intrigued. On the face of it, he’s a typical American teenager. So how come he doesn’t recognise pizza and hasn’t heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden most, however, is the interest he’s taking in her.

As Eden falls in love with Ryan, she stumbles across a book in Ryan’s bedroom – a biography of her best friend – written fifty years in the future. Unravelling Ryan’s secret, she discovers he has one unbelievably important purpose … and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.


I’ve had this book since Christmas, but have only just got around to reading it. It’s an intriguing story, which is only 288 pages long, so it doesn’t take long to tear through it. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I got from After Eden was a sweet, short, well-written book with a sci-fi element.

After Eden follows Eden and her friends. Ryan is the gorgeous new boy at school that all the girls are swooning over. Eden notices that Ryan is not like the rest of her peers. He doesn’t recognise pizza and hasn’t heard of Hitler. She begins to think Ryan is part of a cult, but when she starts questioning Ryan, she’s determined to get to the bottom of his secret. After visiting his house, she accidentally picks up one of his textbooks. It’s a biography of her best friend, Connor. The trouble is it was written fifty years in the future. How did Ryan get this book? Why is Ryan interested in Connor? What are Ryan’s intentions with Eden?

I enjoyed After Eden. I’m not always a fan of time travel books, but this one is done particularly well by British writer, Helen Douglas. It was intriguing to find out why Ryan was involved with Eden and her friends.
Eden and Ryan have a fantastic, lovable relationship. Hooray for the author not using insta-love. There’s an attraction from the start, but their romance is a slow build. I loved the parts of the book where Eden and Ryan were together.

I’m really pleased to read there is a sequel (Chasing Stars) to this book. Some rather interesting developments happened towards the end, and I worried we’d be left hanging. I think After Eden is well worth reading!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars.

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