I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Bane by Keary Taylor
Series: The Eden Trilogy #1
Published by Keary Taylor Books on March 5th 2013
Previously published as Eden, due to reader demand it has been revamped and rereleased as The Bane: book one in The Eden Trilogy.
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 first thought when I read the synopsis of this book was that it reminded me a bit of Partials by Dan Wells. For those who haven’t read my gushing about that book, let me just tell you that I loved it! Partials being one of my favourite books, when I read “the Bane is The Terminator meets The Walking Dead with a heart-twisting romance.” I just couldn’t not request The Bane by Keary Taylor. I mean Terminator meets the Walking Dead … That’s badass! However, personally I didn’t ‘love’ this book, but I can see why others might.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy reading this book! I even dare to say that if I hadn’t read Partials I would probably love this book, because The Bane holds a bad ass lead, good amounts of action, and certain amounts of romance.
Speaking about the protagonist. Eve is incredibly strong, determined, and although part robot, achingly human (which she discovers throughout the book). Ever heard about the phrase “What doesn’t kill me better start running?” Yeah, that describes her perfectly! The things she does for Eden, more importantly her family, are all part of what makes her such a bad ass protagonist. She would do anything to keep them safe, which is exactly what made her such a strong lead character. She’s something fierce all right!
I liked the storyline in this book, and there was plenty of excitement and anticipation, as the threat from ‘The Bane’ got closer and closer, and the residents of Eden were forced to make drastic changes and plans about the best way to try to stay alive. I liked the cybernetic part of the story, though I would have liked for them to explain some more about how it worked.
There was quite a lot of action towards the end of this book. Honestly some of those action scenes were pretty badass! How Eve survived all that (yes I know she has the whole cybernetic thing in her body going on, but still) was a bit weird though… I mean half her leg was half burned off, except for the cybernetic-ish parts in her bones…
The love triangle (between Eve, West and Avian) was a bit much. It made me roll my eyes ever now and then. I just can’t help but think: what is it with girls and not making up their mind about boys? Seriously why does every protagonist has to pull a Bella? It’s just not attractive in my opinion. What did kind of make up for it was that in the end she did pick someone (most of the time it takes the girl three books to pick the guy she wants…)
I had some mixed feelings as you probably noticed, but overall I think The Bane is an okay read.