Eden West by Pete Hautman audiobook
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Eden West

By Pete Hautman
Read by Todd Haberkorn

Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, Brilliance Audio 9780763674182

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781531888008

  • ISBN: 9781531888008

Runtime: 7.21 Hours
Category: Fiction/Religious
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Tackling faith, doubt, and transformation, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman explores a boy's unraveling allegiance to an insular cult.

A world within a world.…

Seven square miles of paradise, surrounded by an eight-foot chain-link fence: this is Nodd, the land of the Grace. It is all seventeen-year-old Jacob knows. Beyond the fence lies the World, a wicked, terrible place, doomed to destruction. When the Archangel Zerachiel descends from Heaven, only the Grace will be spared the horrors of the apocalypse.

But something is rotten in paradise. A wolf invades Nodd, slaughtering the Grace's sheep. A new boy arrives from outside, and his scorn and disdain threaten to tarnish Jacob's contentment. Then, while patrolling the borders of Nodd, Jacob meets Lynna, a girl from the adjoining ranch, who tempts him to sample the forbidden Worldly pleasures that lie beyond the fence. Jacob's faith, his devotion, and his grip on reality are tested as his feelings for Lynna blossom into something greater, and the End Days grow ever closer.

Eden West is the story of two worlds, two hearts, the power of faith, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“As always, Hautman’s insight and precise prose are rewarding.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“In this novel that cuts to the core of adolescence, Hautman walks the line between those of pure faith and those who stray, creating full-blooded characters who feel real and flawed.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“A captivating character study, studiously demonstrating the reasons why some people are drawn into cults and quietly revealing how unquestioned power turns rotten. Jacob is a realistic and relatable protagonist, and his complex relationships with those around him—and himself—ring true…A heartbreaking, uplifting, and fantastic read.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“While projecting a unique and expressive voice in Jacob, Hautman sensitively and gracefully explores powerful ideas about faith and church communities, keeping a deft balance between criticism of religious fervor and deep respect for faith and belief. Thought-provoking and quietly captivating.” Booklist (starred review)
“Todd Haberkorn gives Jacob’s voice the childlike intensity one would expect from such a sheltered person. He speaks Jacob’s simple declarative sentences with a tone of unwavering faith in the truth that the cult’s leader espouses. But when Jacob befriends a girl from the Outside…Haberkorn’s tone reflects Jacob’s growing doubts and questions as he tries to reconcile what he’s been taught with what he now sees.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Pete Hautman

Author Bio: Pete Hautman

Pete Hautman is the author of many books for young adults and adults, including the National Book Award winner Godless and The Big Crunch, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He splits his time between Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Religious
Runtime: 7.21
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English