by Keary Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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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