Summary from Goodreads:
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 received and eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was VERY good. I really loved it. I’ve read a lot of dystopian/post-apocalyptic/pandemic type books over the past year and I have to say The Bane was among my favorites.
I particularly loved Eve. Although she was learning to deal with emotions, something that was somewhat alien to her due to an unconventional upbringing, she wasn’t overly selfish or obnoxious. I found her admirable for that. It was never all about Eve with her, it was about what was best for the group.She was always protecting the people she loved and making sacrifices for them. Additionally, Eve could and did take care of herself. She wasn’t whiny or self-depreciating. Occasionally she did struggle with her new-found feelings but instead of feeling annoyed I actually felt empathetic towards her situation.
Eve was in the center of a love-triangle but out of all the love triangles I have EVER read, this might be my favorite. It wasn’t forced and I didn’t find it particularly obvious as to who Eve would choose. Generally when a love-triangle forms I find myself solidly on one guy’s side. That didn’t happen for me with West and Avian. They were both such great guys that whoever she ended up with would’ve made me happy but heartbroken for the other.
Speaking of West and Avian; they’re just both such great secondary characters. West is this mysterious and passionate stranger who just wonders into Eve’s life and turns it upside down. And Avian, sweet, dependable, and compassionate, Avian. They both had this inherent need to constantly protect Eve, causing them to do stupid and rash things but they were still likable, if not lovable, nonetheless.
I honestly loved the action in this book, as well. From page one I was sucked in and it took all my will-power to be a productive member of society. I found that Taylor did a great job of world-building without it being overwhelming (or under-whelming) which was awesome because a lot of books in this genre have been lacking. I thought the whole concept of TorBane was pretty awesome, however scary, and the sheer will to survive that the humans displayed was incredible.
The ending of this particular installment left me itching to read The Human. Highly recommended for lovers of Young Adult Dystopian/Sci-Fi lovers.