The Bane by Keary Taylor

Friday, March 8, 2013

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Summary from Goodreads

Before the Evolution there was TorBane: technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter. It had the ability to grow new organs and limbs, to heal the world. Until it evolved out of control and spread like the common cold. The machine took over, the soul vanished, and the Bane were born. The Bane won't stop until every last person has been infected. With less than two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction.

Eve knows the stories of the Evolution, the time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. But she doesn't need memories to know this world is her reality. This is a world that is quickly losing its humanity, one Bane at a time.

Fighting to keep one of the last remaining human colonies alive, Eve finds herself torn between her dedication to the colony, and the discovery of love. There is Avian and West – one a soldier, one a keeper of secrets. And in the end, Eve will make a choice that will change the future of mankind.

The Bane is The Terminator meets The Walking Dead with a heart-twisting romance.

Previously published as Eden, due to reader demand it has been revamped and rereleased as The Bane: book one in The Eden Trilogy.

My Review

It's like reading right in the middle of the book. No introductions, high emotions without further a do. I like how the story was presented. Simple with very clear writing and very intriguing. At first I have no idea what Eve is talking about. What is Bane? Is it a disease? A the government hunting them to death or is it just a person infected by something incurable, something like a zombie. Bit by bit, everything comes into focus and gets pretty exciting. 

Since it is a dystopian novel, I am expecting to have a hard time understanding and familiarizing the world the characters live in. But it surprises me how easily I was drowned in the book. There are lots of questions at first, but the author have perfectly described everything in the story, giving me little space for my imagination and my questions. 

There are a lot of things that keeps this story exciting and made me sleepless last night. First is the Eden itself, the leader Gabriel, and the whole community moving when needed. Then there's Eve, who's past is a big mystery as well as her character. I just can't wholly grasp her identity, such a mystery. Then there's Avian and West, two hotties pining for Eve's attention. Avian holds everything Eve now knows, while West holds the memories Eve doesn't have. It's a neck to neck competition, I just can't decide which is better for her. I consider this the tightest love triangle I have ever read. But in the end, I was never disappointed on whom Eve ended up with.

What I love most in this story is that Eve is such a likable character. She's not a damsel in distress, not a girl whose life seems to end because of a man, has her priorities, can stand on her own and most specially, she does not do annoyingly stupid decision that endangers everyone she loves. She's a hero herself. 


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