It’s just over 3 weeks until the release of Daughter of Eden on 6th October and I’m very excited about it. It feels like the countdown to Christmas, even though I already know what’s in the package.
The Eden books are a trilogy, but not quite in the usual sense of a continuous narrative stretching across three books. Dark Eden very much stands on its own, while the other two books are set some two centuries on, but only ten years apart from one another, and with a couple of the same characters.
A very perceptive review of Dark Eden appeared just a couple of weeks ago in Omni (or, more accurately, I suppose, a review that perceived the things that I wanted people to perceive in it): you can read it here. The reviewer says: ‘Possibly the most important theme in Dark Eden (even more so than an unreliable protagonist and his growth on an alien world) is the discussion about how narrative binds communities and guides people,’ and that was certainly my intention.
I thought it would be interesting, in Mother of Eden and Daughter of Eden respectively to describe two communities, each one bound together and guided by (or even trapped by) its own particular version of the events described in Dark Eden. And then, in this final book, to throw in a new event that calls both versions into question.