Review: When Eden Falls by Alana Faye Wilson





She has an unwanted destiny.
He is the commander of her heart.
Together, they must survive a forgotten world full of unimaginable truths.

Earth. It’s a myth; a distorted story filtered down through the generations. But how much of the ancient myth is fundamentally true?

The uncertainty of their latest mission has left Eden’s nightmares spiralling out of control. They’re on a mission like no other, one Rooke, Eden’s commander, accepted without hesitation. But Eden would follow Rooke to the ends of the universe. He’s her best friend; her rock; the man she’s been secretly in love with for years.

When their search for a missing scouting ship finds them stranded on the world they believed to be a myth, they soon discover the horrifying reason why humans left thousands of years ago.

Faced with the strain of being trapped on an ancient world, with mystery and primal danger greeting them at every turn, Rooke is forced to make some risky decisions. But how much pressure can Eden, Rooke, and the rest of the crew endure as they desperately seek a way home?


Reviewed by Dakota Watson

As I delved into When Eden Falls by Alana Faye Wilson, I found myself drawn into a familiar yet intriguing world reminiscent of the beloved 100 tv/book series. From the outset, the parallels between the two were apparent, yet Wilson’s narrative held its own unique charm. Despite being a very short book, When Eden Falls wastes no time in immersing readers in a whirlwind of adventure, romance, and suspense. Wilson skillfully crafts a fast paced story that keeps you eagerly turning the pages, eager to uncover the next twist and turn. The blend of sci-fi elements with elements of romance and action creates a dynamic and engaging read. I found myself swept away by the characters’ journeys and the mysteries of the world they inhabit.

The action scenes in When Eden Falls were nothing short of thrilling. Wilson’s descriptive prose pulled me right into the heart of the action, making each moment feel vivid and intense. Whether it was navigating treacherous waters or facing off against formidable foes, I found myself on the edge of my seat, eagerly following every twist and turn. The discovery of the new humanoid sea-faring species added an exciting layer to the story. Wilson’s world building prowess shone through as I delved into the intricacies of this previously unknown civilization.

In essence, the author’s exploration of Akquarian culture’s gender dynamics served as a commentary on the complexity of societal norms and the importance of cultural relativism.  At first glance, the apparent sexism within Akquarian society seemed straightforward. However, as the narrative unfolded, Wilson deftly revealed layers of complexity. The revelation that the female population of Akquarian is significantly outnumbered by males challenged my initial assumptions. Additionally, learning that Akquarian women have agency in choosing their mates and professions added further intrigue. Yet, despite these freedoms, the Allurian crew’s reactions reflected their own cultural biases and preconceptions. Their inability to comprehend the nuances of Akquarian society highlighted the inherent limitations of cultural understanding and the danger of imposing one’s own values onto others.

Overall, When Eden Falls was a captivating read that left me wanting more. Wilson has crafted a compelling narrative that leaves a lasting impression, and I have no doubt that the sequel will be just as thrilling.

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