Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Bane - Review

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Title The Bane
Author Keary Taylor
Genre YA Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Publisher  Keary Taylor Books
Publishing Date March 5, 2013
How I Got This Book NetGally
Paperback 352 pages
Stand alone or Series The Eden Trilogy #1
   My Average 27 pages/day
   Reading Difficulty 2
(on a scale of 1-5 5 = dictionary vernacular)

We Are The Bane. Resistance is Futile.

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.

This electrifying novel will have you on the edge of your seat, blazing through it's pages like a forest fire.

First off: Noooooooooo! She chose the wrong man. The wrong man! Dammit to hell. I'm through with this poppy cock. No, no. I kid. I kept reading. Still the wrong man. Uugh! Okay, I'm done ranting. To the review.

This novel had an incredible pace. I couldn't manage to put the book down, and in the end, isn't that what we all want? Something to grab us by the throat and drag us into the story? To forget about the real world as we sink deeper into fantasy.

I found myself pining over ONE (I won't tell you who since I ranted about it above) of the love interests. My heart ached every time he touched Eve and all of those feelings blossomed within her. The author did an excellent job of portraying the blossoming love the character was feeling. Almost Nora Roberts-esk.

Look, look! I made my own animated image.... yeah!
Fantastic Cover art.

Mind blowing idea. Well... people have done it before, but never quite like this. I'm a huge SciFy nerd. Grew up in a family of scientists. Immediately when I cracked this book open, I thought 'Wow,  it's like if The Borg from Star Trek had a baby with a zombie' and thus, (Pow!) my mind was blown. Zombies would probably suck more, simply because they're eating you ALIVE. If I had to choose, I would prefer to become a Bane over a Zombie. What an idea, science fiction meets fantasy. Humans create technology that takes over (The Borg, Terminator, Battlestar Galactica...) but then it has the ability to 'reproduce' with a simple touch. Amazing.

Okay, last nerdy comment: If The Bane = The Borg, then Eve = Data.

On to the parts that I didn't care for as much. Even though this novel got an excellent score, there were several issues I had with it.

At times, the story line got a little unrealistic. With this book, too many things fell into the main character's lap. Someone from her past shows up, wakes up a part of her she never knew possible, reminded her of a past she had no memories of. A book shows up with detailed instructions on a mechanism that will destroy the Bane... Everything seemed too easy. Nothing was out of reach for the characters.

The main character becomes this sort of super human the instant she realizes what she is. All of a sudden, she can't be killed, can't be harmed. She needed more flaws than just the inability to decipher emotions. An Achilles heal. Something that will shut her down in an instant. Something to make the reader squirm in their seat the moment someone gets even a foot from that Achilles heal.

Also, there was a lac of location and description. Since this novel happens not to far in the future, we really needed to know where they are. Many of the characters make treks into the Bain-infested city of ??. Then they journey from a forested area through a desert to LA. Woohoo, we finally have a pin the the US map.

Why don't we know where they're living before this? Also, there is little description of the bane. Do they all look different? Do they look like The Borg from Star Trek? That's what I imagined at least. How can you tell someone is a Bane from 50 yards away? There's got to be something that gives them away. A gleaming metallic eye piece maybe?

It's also hard to see the age range of all of the characters. Avin is around 30, Eve and West are 20-ish, some of the other characters are 40 and 50. You don't see this. They all sound alike. Their mannerisms are so similar that the age difference escaped me.

Rating: A

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Keary Taylor

Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night.

Keary’s books have landed on numerous Amazon top 100 lists. Her novel BRANDED was the number one bestselling fantasy Kindle book. In addition she has been listed on Amazon’s 100 most popular fantasy authors. She was listed in The Wall Street Journal in December of 2011 as a “Self-published Big Seller” alongside Amanda Hocking and John Locke. Her novel EDEN (republished as THE BANE in 2013) has been optioned for a major motion picture by Mark Morgan (The TWILIGHT saga) and Kami Garcia (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES).

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