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Review of The Bane

26 Aug 2013


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.


I first read this book a while ago under its original title Eden. When I heard that the book was being revamped to make it the first in a trilogy rather than a standalone I eagerly accepted the opportunity to review the new version.

The majority of the book has remained the same with the cybernetic zombie-like creatures originally named the Fallen being re-named The Bane one of the biggest changes along with a few storyline tweaks. Though I had read the book before the story did not bore me in the slightest. Even the second time round this book is still extremely exciting and the spelling improvements made for a more engrossing read.
The Bane is very unique in its premise; technology has evolved (with some semi-accidental help) to become a disease which spreads readily among humans turning them partly robotic and affecting the brain. Keary Taylor has also written a kick-ass heroine with a difference; don’t expect to meet many characters like Eve. She is unbelievably strong and smart, yet she sees the world differently to most people and struggles to understand people’s feelings, including her own.

This book has a love triangle which sometimes puts me off but it is remarkably well done. This is more of a true love triangle than most books which have a couple and then someone who comes along to make things difficult but everyone knows will never win. I honestly did not know who to root for in this book as West and Avian are both sexy and strong and would be great for Eve. In the end I was very happy with who was chosen (I was mainly happy that there WAS a choice).
I loved that The Bane brought together many elements. It is an apocalyptic world where the survivors must fight every day to live and there are also elements of sci-fi along with romance and a coming of age tale of self-discovery.

I greatly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to fans of dystopian/apocalyptic novels or to people who enjoy action mixed in with romance. I can’t wait to read book 2.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*
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  1. I have not heard of this one before, but it sounds interesting. Thanks for the review and bringing it to my attention!

    YA Sisterhood

  2. Great review. I read Eden some time ago, and I had no idea it was a revamp of the same book. Great review. I am glad to know this will be a trilogy.

    1. The sequel is called The Human and I think it is already available :)


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