Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Bane by Keary Taylor

The Bane by Keary Taylor
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: 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. -

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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