Heads Up: I recieved this ARC from the publisher to review. The Bane was previously published in 2011 under the title “Eden” however due to popular demand it has been reworked and is now book one of “The Eden Trilogy“. Book two will be published in Summer 2013.
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. <Goodreads Summary>
Review after the jump!
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.
The Bane is published on March 5th 2013 and happily two Eden related short stories are also published that day! The Raid which takes place just before The Bane picks up the story and The Ashes a Prequel. I’m really looking forward to reading both next month!
The Bane gets 4 Stars from me! ★★★★