Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she’s hooked. On the face of it, he’s a typical American teenager. So why doesn’t he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn’t heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he’s taking in her.
As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his secret. Her breakthrough comes one rainy afternoon when she stumbles across a book in Ryan’s bedroom – a biography of her best friend – written over fifty years in the future. Confronting Ryan, she discovers that he is there with one unbelievably important purpose … and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.
Once Eden discovered Connor’s yet-unwritten autobiography, the plot began moving at a much quicker pace. I really liked the sci-fi aspects of the story: the constellations and time travel were explained quite well and the reasons why Ryan came back were interesting.
Overall, After Eden was a disappointing read. The concept behind the story was interesting, but unlikeable characters and too much instalove made it difficult to enjoy.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.