The Bane by Keary Taylor

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 re - released as The Bane: book one in The Eden Trilogy.

Originally known as Eden, The Bane is seen through the eyes of Eve. The world is in a post apocalyptic ruin, humans or organics as they are known, are a dying and hunted breed. Eve remembers nothing of her life before joining Eden, but would do anything to protect those around her.

The Bane are essentially former humans. Through transplants initially, those needing medical intervention for failing organs, diseases or illness, were infused with scientifically developed robotic parts. Slowly the wiring spread throughout the hosts body, making the human faster, stronger, without reason or emotion. Soon it was discovered that a Bane only need to have come into contact with am organic, and the 'infection' was passed on.

Eve is a hunter and fighter, spending her time between protecting the camp and with Avian, the appointed and unqualified doctor. While hunting, Eve stumbles across West. He is on the run with a woman and young boy. West is proven to be organic, but he's hiding something.

With two boys out to win Eve's affections, she doesn't need a distraction. The Bane are evolving, getting smarter. Camp Eden is on the move, but are they the last of their kind left in the world?

I thoroughly enjoyed The Bane. It was a strange mix of a science fiction, post apocalyptic, coming of age romance, that Keary Taylor has woven together to produce this addictive series, that I found extremely difficult to put down. Eve is a strong female character and takes you on the journey to her own self discovery, while she discovers what it feels like to fall in love for the first time. Well written and was thankful there were no long speeches dating the back story of the world they now live in, it was scattered throughout a few chapters, so it didn't become monotonous. My only one complaint that not one character swore or cursed, with the age group of the majority of the characters, the end of the world setting, violence, I was surprised.

This first book in the Eden Trilogy will leave you with more questions than answers, equating to a hunger for the next in the series. I'll be eagerly anticipating book two.

The Bane
(The Eden Trilogy: Book One)
Written By Keary Taylor

Published 05 / 03 / 2013

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