The Bane

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615769806
  • Publisher: Keary Taylor Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 729,851
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet 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 EDEN TRILOGY, THE FALL OF ANGELS TRILOGY, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY.

Please visit KearyTaylor.com to learn more about her and her writing process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    SHADY BUSINESS Reworked book same as "Eden"

    So as i am reading this book i keep getting a sensation of deja vu... that's because if you have read Eden (2011) you are reading the same story just reworked and retitled. This seems a bit dodgy considering i paid for it without a statement about the "reworking" no where on the info or reviews does it mention this. So now ive paid for this story twice, which would be fine if i chose to read a reworked story instead of a new one in a trilogy. SHADY PRACTICE, be honest about your products authors, don't scam your customers.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Excellent! I loved this series so much!

    Excellent! I loved this series so much!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    I had the honor of meeting Keary Taylor this last weekend at




    I had the honor of meeting Keary Taylor this last weekend at UtopYA 2014 where I bought this book which Keary then signed to me. My BFF has been raving about this series so of course I had to get at least the first book to try out. I so wish I had purchased the rest of the series. I think I'm addicted!

    The Bane had everything I truly love in a good apocalyptic. A kick ass heroine, a bit of romance, great world building, and major sci-fi!! And then there's the cyberhumans (the Bane) intent on infecting every human making humans extinct. Brilliant concept!

    Looks like I'll be buying the next 2 books very quickly because I need more of Eve and Avian! I'm curious to learn more about West and the rest of Eden's residents!

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    My Rating: 3.5 Stars Good Reads Rating: 3.83 Stars Series: The

    My Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Good Reads Rating: 3.83 Stars

    Series: The Eden Trilogy #1

    Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic/Sci-Fi/Romance

    Pages: 352

    Publisher: Keary Taylor Books

    Check it out: Good Reads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Good Reads Summary:

    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.

    This is another one of those Romance books parading as a Sci-Fi/Post-apocalyptic novel. If you are looking for Terminator meets The Walking dead, as the summary suggests, then you’re in the wrong place. Now certainly, there are some really great sci-fi elements; I thought the entire premise with TorBane was really interesting and made for good conflict for Eve. But the heart of this book is a love triangle.



    Now, obviously I didn’t hate it, because I gave it 3.5 stars. It was quite an enjoyable book. It was also probably the most irritating love triangle I’ve ever witnessed (probably only second to Twilight), and for some, that is exactly what a reader is looking for. For me, not so much. Unfortunately, I’ve made reading YA Fiction my business, and apparently, teenagers are constantly engaged in love triangles. I mean, I’ve never really truly witnessed that in real life, but maybe I just don’t know anything.

    Eve is different. She doesn’t know how or why, but she is stronger than the average person, doesn’t need to eat or sleep nearly as much, and doesn’t feel pain. Sounds suspicious to me. I think one of the best and strongest parts of the novel was when you got Eve’s back story. She was one crazy chick. She was always jumping at any opportunity to go do some suicidal task.

    As in any good post-apocalyptic novel, one of the main conflicts is survival. Surviving an enemy, surviving nature…no matter what the form, surviving X, Y, or Z is very important. The Bane involves several of these, creating high tension and many frustrating moments when the conflict gets the better of our heroes.



    The love triangle. There were these epically dramatic moments where the love triangle was actually discussed. And not just one or two moments. LOTS of them. “You have to choose” was a common phrase. Can I please punch Eve, Avian, and West in the face right now? Or maybe just Eve. This girl literally can’t feel things. Why are these two guys falling all over themselves to be her boyfriend? It just didn’t quite add up to me. Now, I’m glad things ended up the way they did. I was pleased with the conclusion. But still, the journey was painful.

    There were definitely some good action bits and the sci-fi elements were all very interesting. Just don’t let the summary fool you into thinking this is not just one big love triangle with a post-apocalyptic back drop. I feel like there was plenty going on that a girl without feelings would just ignore whatever weird inclinations she was having and focus on what was actually important. Like surviving the end of the human race. In Eve’s defense, she was having newly emerging feelings as the book goes on, so I guess that would be really disorienting.



    Not a bad sci-fi read; lots of interesting elements tied up in a love triangle dominant story.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

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    When attempting to describe The Bane to my husband I said it was

    When attempting to describe The Bane to my husband I said it was a post-apocalyptic where the humans were wiped out by a bio-enhancement that infected them with cybertronic parts. He came back to me with…so they’re basically cyborg zombies? Um…yes, yes they are.

    The Bane straddles between post-apocalyptic drama, sci-fi and zombies, with an added romance reminiscent of a YA…complete with love triangle.

    The world building in The Bane was well developed and the feeling of maintaining a desperate fingernail hold on humanity well portrayed. That said, it sometimes dipped into monotony; the first half of this book struggling to retain the status quo and the second longing for it.

    I liked the characters in The Bane but was too often thrown from my suspension of disbelief in the details of both the characters and their history; I just couldn’t buy into many of the ideas put forth as fact in this world. I also tend to shy away from the all-too-often used love triangle and this book was a prime example of why. This trope was used as a crutch to create dramatic tension between characters; adding drama without really layering any depth into the story. This triangle in particular I felt was a wishy-washy prop for character development resolved in what felt to me like a cop-out eureka moment that was unsupported by the previous story. (Not that I felt the other choice would have been more supported; neither were developed to my satisfaction. Sad to say, at the end of this story I really didn't care who our heroine ended up with, having not become invested in the characters to such a degree that I had an attachment either way.)

    While the story overall was an enjoyable read it had too many flaws to see me returning to this world.

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

    A Review Of The Bane From: Head In The Clouds; A YA Book Review

    A Review Of The Bane From: Head In The Clouds; A YA Book Review Blog
    Oh my goodness this book! Let me say I was so confused when searching for this book on Goodreads because it's actually under the name "Eden" evidently it's been revamped into a series since everyone loved it. I don't know if that means the author wrote more or if it was originally longer and she just split it up.



    The MC, Eve, is so badass and tough and all "I can take care of myself", I really love a strong female lead. The only problem I had with her was her confusion over who she loved and really the only reason it bugged me was because I was sure she would choose the wrong one! I also loved the idea behind the story. That in our quest for immortality humans built something that ended up taking us over and destroying our world. This is actually a real fear of mine or really any dystopian setting. I need to stop reading dystopians...or start doomsday prepping. The story is told from Eve's POV so we follow her along as she struggles to keep the small community of people who she considers family alive. Not long after the start of the book three new people stumble upon Eden (the name of the community) one of them being West who has his own secrets, one of which will make Eve rethink her entire being.



    The book is full of action, never feeling dull or slow and as I've already stated the romantic tension of "whose she going to choose" really had me turning the pages. Overall I feel this book was good both for it's action and for it's romance though I feel that it's a little on the heavier side of Romance but I'm okay with that. I'm pretty excited to pick up the next book!

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

    3.75/5 stars This book ended up being a very enjoyable read. I r

    3.75/5 stars This book ended up being a very enjoyable read. I really struggled with it in the beginning- I felt there was a disconnect and I wasn't comprehending the big picture. The book started out a bit choppy and it took a little while to start to understand who the other characters were and how they were going to fit into the main character's world. We are thrown into this post apocalyptic world and are instantly shown how life is being lived among those who are remaining.


    We meet Eve, our protagonist, who is dealing with the death of a close comrade, yet while others grieve around her, she does not. She offers help and solace, but is not one of those who is broken over losing a member of her team. Eve's team goes out on scouting missions and is also tasked with keeping Eden (their home) protected from the Bane, souless human machines. They are aggressive, fast, and bent on destruction of the remaining human populace.


    We do not learn a whole lot about the Bane, until the story progresses. We discover that a group of scientists created TorBane, which was used for limb regeneration, but it had evolved on its own, taking over human bodies, turning them into monsters.


    The men and women of Eden are trying to survive, by avoiding the Bane, but fighting them when necessary.


    Human life is very precious, as there aren't many left. Losing a member of their community is very devastating. Eve discovers three humans in the woods nearby on a scouting mission and brings them to Eden. They are tested (to ensure they are completely human) and then gradually accepted into the community.


    West, is about the same age as Eve, and she instantly does not trust him. She believes he has secrets. This puts a strain on their relationship, as Gabriel (the somewhat leader of Eden), instructs West to follow and work with Eve. West is a very important character to the novel, as he plays a big role in Eve discovering who she really is and finding out about her past.


    I liked West, but I felt like his character needed some more development. We saw his hurt when Eve did not trust him, or when she went against him and we saw his feelings for Eve, but other than that I just didn't get a whole lot from him.


    The same rang true for Avian. Avian, was one of those who found Eve wandering around after the Evolution. He brought her to Eden and became a close friend of hers. However, through the book we start to see that he also has feelings for Eve. He is compassionate and serves on the sidelines as the community's medic. We do not originally see him as a fighter or a leader, but he ends up proving himself to be both towards the conclusion of the novel.


    The two love interests are very different from each other and their approaches to Eve. West really wears his heart out on his sleeve and is more aggressive than Avian. Avian strikes me as shy and he doesn't aggressively pursue Eve. West is an explosion of emotion, but I feel Avian is that slow burning fire. Both, however, keep telling her that she needs to make a choice where they are concerned.


    All of this is interesting especially since Eve is so devoid of emotion. We learn why this is later in the novel.


    Overall, this book had a lot of action and the romance is really what bumped up my rating. (I do love a good romance!) Taylor really does leave you guessing until the end as to what is going to happen with Eve and who she is going to choose. I do like that Taylor resolves many of the story's conflicts in this novel, because I abhor cliff-hangers. There are still many questions regarding the Bane and the fate of the human population, so I'm looking forward to reading the second installment.


    *Thank you to Keary Taylor for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Same story?

    Is it worth to buy this book if i already read Eden? (original draft) I want to know if it is a significant difference or not enough to read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Streakfeather

    He nods in agreement. "I suppose I should go, then. To receive my name and lives. As temporary deputy and full medicine cat, will you look after things?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Wow!

    Wow! Thats about the best word to sum up this booK. Amazing read by far its not the same cliche of a world ended love triangle kinda thing. Its completly one of a kind an very good writing. Recomend it to everyone!

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    The Bane by Keary Taylor is a good story. I admit I was hoping f

    The Bane by Keary Taylor is a good story. I admit I was hoping for a different ending, but that just shows how involved in the story I became. I found myself wondering what I would do if I was in the same situation as the main character. I do not live in the same environment as the main character, so I obviously do not have the same perspective as that character. I would have made different choices, but I found I was not irritated by the decisions that were made. It helped make the story seem more real and entertaining. 

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

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    End of Times-Beginning of Love

    The Bane is NOT just another ‘end of the world as we know it-confused love triangle-struggle to survive’ book! Keary Taylor has added her own brand of style to this tale! Eve can’t remember life before she wandered into the colony of Eden, a group of survivors on the run from the evil created in the name of science. Technology has fused human DNA with cybernetic matter, enabling the human body to regenerate limbs, have superhuman abilities. But something went wrong, the machine took over, the soul vanished, and the Bane were born, able to infect the world, leaving only two percent of the human population on the run in a fight for survival. There is something about Eve that is different, even her emotions seemed dulled, she is a powerful warrior and hunter, able to best those twice her size, and she seems immune to the Bane. She struggles with newly awakening emotions, not understanding them or believing they are real. As Eden struggles to survive, Eve finds she is drawn to the quiet and gentle ex-soldier, Avian, who keeps her at a distance, but why? When West, a newcomer to the group seems attracted to Eve, she feels there is something he is not telling her. He has secrets, dark secrets about her past, the past she cannot remember, and he is not sharing all of it. Does he have another agenda? Can he be trusted? Eve’s confused heart says she wants what he offers, excitement, a sizzle in her veins, but Avian’s quiet strength also appeals to her. Is he too safe for her? As Eve’s heart is drawn in two directions, the humans are being picked off one by one. She knows she MUST save her friends, it is her mission, her self-imposed duty to the only family she has ever known. But what if they find out the truth about her past? Will they turn on her? Will they ever trust her again? Does it matter, so long as she saves them from the monsters?

    Imagine being a teen full of emotional turmoil and no past to learn from? Keary Taylor did a marvelous job of making Eve’s pain our pain. Her confusion becomes so realistic when the world is falling down around her. The world building was so descriptive, the scenes so well done that I could feel the heat of the sun, branches scratching me and the fear the survivors felt! The action is often so intense that even the quiet times are uneasy. This is a fantastic paranormal-post apocalyptic read that made me think, "What if this really happened, would there be time for love?"

    A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Keary Taylor Books in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date March 5, 2013

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

    I received an ARC from Keary Taylor through NetGalley, and this

    I received an ARC from Keary Taylor through NetGalley, and this is a completely honest review.

    I found this story quite enjoyable. The idea of cybernetics taking over and turning humans into a sort of robot is very fascinating and made for an exciting story. The way the "infection" was spread made for some exciting fights and action. It was sad how everything had been taken over so quickly with so few survivors that had to live in hiding and on the run.

    Eve was a great character. She was found wandering around and was taken in by a human colony named Eden. Here she becomes family, especially to Avian and Sarah. Her days were filled with helping with the garden that keeps them all alive, and being on watch for the lookout of Bane that may wander out and find them. She is a kick butt character that always headed out on missions to sneak into the city for more supplies that may be needed. And then one day what she thought she knew about herself all changed when she discovered a group of three humans that had been on the run in the woods. One of them is West, and he will change everything she thought she knew. He knows the secret to her past that she has not been able to remember. And it is a big one.

    I really enjoyed Eve, Avian, and West. Their relationship was an awkward triangle. Awkward because Eve was just discovering what feelings were, and trying to figure them out. This was a great story with a million trials, a bunch of heartbreak and sadness, and a big blast of an ending. I was happy with the choices Eve made, and how things have turned out so far. The ending did not work out perfectly, so I look forward to a sequel to see where Keary takes everything next. There were a few parts that seemed to slow down, but overall I really enjoyed it:-)

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

    I was really psyched to review this book. I had bought a copy of

    I was really psyched to review this book. I had bought a copy of Eden last year but my TBR list was overwhelming so when I read on Keary’s website that the plot and story had been reworked to become a trilogy I figured now was the perfect time to get my teeth into the story.

    I’m a big fan of the cautionary tale of machines becoming more powerful than their masters. As a person who before rubbing the sleep out of her eyes reaches for her iPhone first thing in the morning, it’s a lesson I need to be taught often! I’m a huge fan of the Terminator and Battlestar Galactica series so when I found a book billed as “The Terminator meets The Walking Dead with a heart-twisting romance” I was like an excitable puppy rolling on my back begging my tummy to be rubbed and I was not disappointed!

    Taylor drops us right in the action as we meet Eve, a 17year old orphan, helplessly watching as a close friend is put to death by his own family as he’s been infected by the insidious “Bane”. The Bane are former humans who have been infected by a cybernetic virus, once considered a blessed miracle in the fight against disease and illness that turned on it’s hosts and mercilessly overtook them. 98% of the population has been infected and humanity is struggling for survival not just against The Bane but illness, poverty and hunger.

    Eve is a member of a community called Eden, a close rag-tag group who have found a way to create an oasis amongst chaos. At age 13, Eve was found wandering in the forest, naked and covered in blood with no memory of her life before “The Evolution” by Avian and Gabriel, leaders of the Eden community. She quickly becomes a vital member of the group, faster, stronger and capable of protecting the group despite her mysterious origins. When an enigmatic young man called “West” wanders into her life, Eve realises that he may hold the key to her past and her future…

    The Bane is a fast-paced, action filled story that kept me interested from the get-go. Eve is a compelling character who’s story unfolds before her eyes at the same time as ours. She garners the sympathy of the reader with her innocence and purity of intent. She is loyal and unfalteringly strong in her conviction that the safety of those around her is more of a priority than her own. At no time though does she become a “Mary-Sue”. Taylor does well to create a character that is “real in an un-real” world.

    The secondary characters of Avian and West are both immediately likable. Avian, the strong, dependable and loyal friend to Eve and West, the mysterious, passionate and fierce stranger who awakens Eve to a world of possibilities. There is of course a love triangle (Hello, required!) and strangely I rooted for both, torn between which would be the better choice until Eve finally makes her decision and it all makes sense. “He” was the right choice all along.

    As the story unfolds you can definitely see the potential for a further story however the ending is left quite “finite” in a way so I’m looking forward to picking up the story in the summer and seeing what is next for Eve and her friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    I own this book as "Eden".

    This book is AMAZING! I hope you didnt change who she.picked in the end because it was perfect! Looking forward to the second book. Also, I would love to see this as a tv series or movie!

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    I had never heard of this book before, and knew absolutely nothi

    I had never heard of this book before, and knew absolutely nothing about it, but decided to check it out. I am so ecstatic that I did, because I would not have missed the chance to read this book if I had it to do over again. This book was absolutely, positively ah-maz-ing!!!

    Goodreads has dubbed it The Terminator meets the Walking Dead, and I can see the comparison because The Terminator had a computer system that evolved and took over the world, while the Walking Dead has zombies. The Bane has a cybernetic matter taking over the human body, turning people mindless and destructive. But there lies the only similarities. The Bane is 100% unique and inventive, and I was absolutely compelled to read it.

    The main character, Eve, is one of my favorite heroines I've read in a while. She's tough, fearless, and strong, and cares so much for her little village that she risks her life daily in protection of them, caring for them, and attempting to keep them fed and alive. Who wouldn't love a selfless person like that? There is a LOT more to Eve than meets the eye though, and part of the story is spent in the discovery of Eve's past, the past she has forgotten.

    Then there are the two guys: one that makes her feel new things she's never felt before, and one that is so much a part of her that she hardly ever leaves his side. Both of these guys were amazing. One as selfless and caring as her, the other as determined and strong. These two were so balanced for me that it was so hard to pick a winner for Eve. You just love them both so much. Because of this, the love triangle was wonderful, the romance so well-balanced that you just don't know which to root for, although toward the end, I had a clear winner picked out in my head that I wanted for her.

    Aside from the romance and amazing romantic tension, the book had mystery, loads of suspense and action, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. The writing was so well-paced that I flew through the pages and finished the book in hardly any time at all. It was emotionally stirring, made me gasp at times, and absolutely riveted me to the page. I literally am agonizing over the wait for the next installment that comes out in the summer, 2013. If you have not yet read this book, you must get a copy now and read it. Absolutely one of the best books I've read so far this year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Awesome!

    I really loved this book. Not many books stick with me once im done reading them but i couldnt stop thinkng bout Eve and her story. I so love avian and west and i for sure will buy book 2. I highly recommend this book it wont disappoint!

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    This title for me completely took me by surprise. I was excited

    This title for me completely took me by surprise. I was excited to read The Bane from the very beginning because I was ready for a change of pace, and a cybernetic, post-apocalyptic, dystopian world was exactly what I was looking for, but I was not prepared to be so completely wrapped up in Eve's story. The story is told from Eve's perspective, a young teenage girl with no memory of her past before what the story calls 'the Revolution' where the scientifically altered DNA and cybernetic combination changes the world and humanity forever. She knows shes different in someway to everyone else, but doesn't know why. She's faster, stronger, heals more quickly, and doesn't feel pain or emotions the way everyone else in Eden, their small community of survivors, does.

    This title doesn't take long to capture your attention, with the very first paragraph throwing you directly in the path of understanding how severe the conditions of living are. It's also immediately apparent how harsh life can be with a 'no exception' policy of a death sentence if infected as a result to the groups only option for survival. Throughout reading the The Bane there is a building conflict within Eve herself. Although the story line has many parts based on this romantic conflict, I wouldn't classify this title as a romance. One the one hand there is Avian who found Eve before the story begins, and has been a constant in her life, one that always makes her feel safe and calm. It's not that long into the story when we meet West, who on the other hand makes her feel alive, and brings about conflicted emotions in her she has never felt before. As I said before, I don't believe the romantic elements require this book to be titled a romance novel, but rather I think the importance of these scenes is to show the development of human feelings in Eve.

    I know in the synopsis it describes The Bane as "The Terminator meets The Walking Dead" and for the most part I would agree. The fact that TorBane's technological developments result in a science experiment gone wrong that turns on the world definitely relates to the back story of The Terminator. And you can see the struggles to be a survivor in a post-apocalyptic world are the same as those in The Walking Dead only instead of defending your life from zombies it's cybernetic infected (previously human) Bane that's only purpose is to spread the infection.

    I applaud Keary Taylor for such a well written title, it's labeled as a YA book, but reads as a very mature YA book. Not only is the story line a strong one, but the writing itself reads as though much thought went into what each segment would mean not only to the characters but the reader as well. It's obvious that there was no room for useless information in this title, as every aspect reflected at some level of importance in the total outcome. The only disappointment I had was the ending seemed somehow finite, while I hear this is to be the first of a hopefully great series. It is possible that maybe when it was first released it was intended as a single novel, but since the rewrite it's more set for a series. I'm not 100% on this possibility but it makes sense to me.

    Either way I highly recommend this title, it was definitely a roller coaster of intense emotions, constant action, and a never ending fight to survive. If you enjoyed reading Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games or Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series, or watching the current hot show The Walking Dead rest assured you will enjoy this title.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Keary Taylor Books and Netgalley.)
    Eve lives in a post-apocalyptic society, in which humans are infected by cybernetics technology and turned into robots. These infected people are known as ‘The Bane’, and their main purpose seems to be to infect as many humans as possible until there are none left.

    Eve lives in a small society called Eden, hidden in the countryside outside of a large city. There are only 34 of them, and they survive by growing their own food and hunting game in the forest.

    With a new arrival to Eden, Eve begins to learn things about herself that she never knew before, and although she has no memories of life before Eden, she has no idea that she is not 100% human herself.
    What exactly is Eve though? What does this newcomer to Eden (West) know about her past? And what is Eve and Eden’s future?


    This was a great YA dystopian, with an interesting sci-fi twist.

    Eve was a great main character. She was strong and fought for those she cared about with great passion. She kinda reminded me of Katniss from ‘The Hunger Games’ a bit, and I loved how she was so dedicated to helping the other inhabitants of Eden. She really did go above and beyond to help those she cared about, even when she believed that she didn’t know how to care.

    There was a touch of romance in this story, and we also got a love triangle, with Eve developing very new feelings for both West – the newcomer, and Avian – Eden’s doctor. I liked both of the boys, although I have to say that Avian was my favourite. I liked how this wasn’t your average love triangle because Eve had been programmed not to have feelings, and it made it interesting to see how Eve not only had to choose between the two boys, but also had to learn what love was, and how loving someone felt.
    Although I am not the biggest fan of love triangles, I didn’t mind it in this book, and I personally could see why Eve had a hard time choosing between West and Avian! There were some really touching moments with both boys, and I liked this romance element to the plot, even though it was not the main storyline, and thought that it fitted in with the other themes well.

    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 background information we got on the cybernetics that had caused the end of the world as we know it, and how plausible it seemed, and I also liked how Eve’s differences were relevant to people’s understanding of how ‘The Bane’ worked.
    There was quite a lot of action towards the end of this book, and things weren’t easy for the humans battling against ‘The Bane’. I liked how there was no simple answer to the problems with ‘The Bane’, and that it was a real battle to try to make a change.
    I did have one small niggle with a small detail towards the end, but it’s difficult to explain it without giving away spoilers, lets just say that I was a little concerned at how far-reaching the human’s solution to the Bane problem would really be, and that I wasn’t sure that Eve’s final little adventure right at the end was very safe!

    I liked the ending of this book. I thought that the story had a proper ending, even though this is part of a trilogy, and I liked that most of the storylines were tied up at the end of this instalment. I am however very interested to see what happens next in this series! I like how although some of the problems were solved, the overall problem was not totally eliminated, leaving plenty of room for further exploration of this exciting dystopian world!
    Overall; an interesting and well thought out YA dystopian.
    8 out of 10.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

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    Great world-building and action but lacks originality and character development

    The Bane was an entertaining read with great world-building and exciting action scenes. Unfortunately, it was also somewhat predictable, not entirely original and lacked character development. As I was reading, I was thoroughly entertained. I read the book over the course of about 24 hours and there were parts where I just could not put it down. The action scenes between Eve and The Bane were well done. They were exciting and had me riveted. I felt like I could really envision the bullets flying. I felt the same way about the world-building. The author basically describes a post-apocalyptic world where people are forced to hide in small communities and live off the land and whatever they can scavenge. I really felt like I could envision their camp, their garden and, later, the hospital. As I read, however, I felt a strange sense of deja vu. After mulling it over a little but, I realized that different aspects of the story mimic things that I had already read. There are parallels to the early scenes in The Hunger Games, the character Melanie in The Host, plot points of Breathe and a few others. I don't mean to imply that anything is plagiarized - it's not. There are just a lot of similarities between The Bane and works already published by other authors. There is a love triangle in this book. I know many of you hate love triangles. Here, I didn't mind it so much. It was a major plot point, but instead of being there just for the sake of romance and sexual tension, it was really there to show how messed up Eve is in dealing with her emotions - or lack thereof. And that brings me to the characters. My biggest problem with this book is a lack of character development. The main character, Eve, is really the only character who we see develop in any significant way. Avian, West and all of the other characters are pretty much one-dimensional. Apparently this is going to be a trilogy and based on the ending, I suspect that Avian and West will be more fully developed as the series continues. Despite the lack of originality and character development, I had a good time with this one. I would recommend it to fans of sci-fi (especially involving AI or robots), fans of zombies (as The Bane have a lot of similarities to zombies), fans of dystopia, and fans of any of the books I mentioned above.

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