Saturday, March 30, 2013

Review: THE BANE by Keary Taylor

Title: The Bane (Book 1 in the EDEN trilogy)
Author: Keary Taylor
Pub Date: March 5, 2013
Published by: Keary Taylor Books
Source: Digital ARC through NetGalley


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.


THE BANE is fabulous mix of Sci-Fi, dystopian, and romance. It's really not that hard to believe that scientists could potentially create a robotic "cure" that could eventually overcome humanity. I mean, we've all seen the Terminator right. Keary has taken a somewhat mish-mash of genres and woven them together so seamlessly that you will be sucked into the world that Eden exists within. The science is just detailed enough that it's believable without being so in depth that you get lost in the details. 

Beyond the world that Keary has created, are the amazing characters. Each character has his or her own flaws that make them relateable and believable. The characters are human and prone to anger, sadness, fear, and despair. Their relationships are complicated and their lives are stressful. They are believable, which I have found is sometimes a problem with science fiction characters. Often the author gets so wrapped up in the world and the story that the characters begin to act out of character. That is not the case in THE BANE. Keary has done a remarkable job keeping these characters true to themselves and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for them.

I'll tell you, I read this story when it was originally published as EDEN a couple of years ago and I loved it. I am so thrilled that has decided to turn it into a trilogy because that was my first question for her after I first read EDEN. THE BANE is basically the same story but there are some subtle changes that have a dramatic impact on where the story can go in the future. I am really looking forward to books 2 and 3. 

About the author:
-----Keary-- Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters --who-- always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, --THE --EDEN-- TRILOGY--, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about --Keary-- and her writing process, please


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