Wednesday 27 February 2013

The Bane (Eden # 1) by Keary Taylor - Book Review

Title: The Bane (Eden #1)    
Author: Keary Taylor  
Publisher: Keary Taylor Books
Publication Date: 5 March 2013
Pages: 203
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: SF Dystopia YA
Source: ARC via 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
. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Overall, I enjoyed The Bane. Eve was a fun heroine and I thought that the love triangle was handled well and didn't appear too clich├ęd or unbelievable.

This seemed to me a little like The Host, with robots rather than aliens, and I think that's why I could only give it three stars. It was a good read, but it felt like I'd seen it all before.

The prose was well-written and very readable, though, and it was a nice quick and easy read to pass a couple of hours. There were a few formatting issues with the EPUB but this was an ARC and no doubt that will be remedied before the book actually releases.

If you loved the The Host and/or have an interest in YA sci-fi, then I can recommend giving this book a try.

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