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Sunday, 26 May 2013

REVIEW: The Bane (Eden #1) - Keary Taylor

The Bane (Eden #1) - Keary Taylor
The Bane (The Eden Trilogy, #1)
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.

*Received in exchance for an honest review*
*May contain spoilers*
The Bane is a post-apocalyptic read following the path of Eve and the other remaining humans in their battle to avoid The Bane, humans which have been infected by TorBane and are now killer robots. All it takes to be infected by TorBane is a single touch from on of The Bane. This concept had so much potential and I was eager to delve into this new world. With the clever use of biblical references I was really excited to get to reading this, I love plays on things like this. The, what we believe to be, only remaining humans are a group called Eden. Something I thought was wonderful and ironic considering the situation that they are now in. The book promised conflict, battles, hope, grief - a real emotional rollercoaster.

I feel really conflicted having finished this book. It was really bizarre. I spent the first 60/70% of the book really not enjoying it. It was full of clich├ęs and it felt like I was reading the same old thing again and again. Then the ending happened. This was what I expected from the entire book. Lots of action, Eve's fearless side coming out and everyone in it together. I think the main reason \I had issues with this book was because of the love triangle within it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a hater of love triangles at all, but WOW this one seemed way inappropriate and it dominated the majority of the book. Oh big robots coming to kill us? Naaaah, I'll just go away and swoon in a corner. ARGH.

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Right, so before I start talking about the positives of this book, I have to vent about this love triangle. It involves Eve, our protagonist, Avian the doctor of the group and West, a newcomer to the group. They discover, through West, that Eve is in fact a robot. She has TorBane but because she was injected with it at such a young age it is a part of her DNA and she cannot infect people or be taken over by it. She is a robot with human emotion. We discover West was around during her childhood and that it was his grandfather which created TorBane. So far so good. All fine. Eve doesn't trust West at all. Not even a little bit. Then BAM! She's kissing him and swooning over him and falling asleep in his arms. Sorry... WHAT? What just happened?! What happened to our kick-ass heroine? Where did the trust issues go? Needless to say, the love triangle between the lovestruck doctor, West and Eve proceeds. All I'm saying is that I am so relieved at who she picks at the end.
ANYWAY, now that is out of the way, I did enjoy the book. I loved the friendships which were developed between the characters in Eden and the way they interacted with each other. I felt heartbroken when members are lost and I really did care about what happened to most of the characters. The concept was really good and I enjoyed reading about the development of TorBane. We're taken on a journey with the characters once they realise that they are no longer safe in the little bit of forest that they occupy. This journey leads them - surprisingly - to a group of a hundred surviving humans which occupy the centre of one of the biggest cities. Considering the cities are off limits due to the fact that this is where The Bane reside, there was plenty of tension surrounding their venture into this city.

The other members of the resistance have succeeded in creating a form of electrical chair that can extract TorBane from a human if they have only very recently been infected. This distorts the human and has a very low success rate but it is our first glimpse into the humans attempts at fighting back against The Bane. They have also created this massive contraption filled with electricity named The Pulse. They hope to be able to connect this to a power generator and effectively short-circuit and therefore kill The Bane within the city. The end of the book is as action packed as I hoped the entire book would be. The ending is what will have me picking up the next book. Full of action and emotion and so many questions left open, I am really interested to see what happens next in the book. I don't fully trust the other members of the Resistance and am eager to see if they will be able to prove their trustworthiness in the next book, The Humans.  


4 comments:

  1. Ugh. Biblical references. So not for me then. I don't know, it sounds kinda weird. I'll probably pass.

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  2. It's not biblical throughout. I just meant through using Eden as a utopia and Eve as the catalyst for the Fall :)

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    1. Exactly. :P Too much already. I am so sick and tired of it because 90 % of the authors is using it. -.-

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    2. Yeah fair enough :) haha

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