Series: The Eden Trilogy (#1)
Author: Keary Taylor
Release Date: 5th March 2013
Challenges: 2016 Reading Assignment, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge,2016 Blogger Shame
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (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.
So I want to start with a slight note about the fact this is a part of a trilogy, just because I know some people may avoid starting books because there are more in the series and they don't want that. While this is part of a trilogy I'd say that it could be read as a standalone. Having got to the end of it I was satisfied with the ending, and while I can see why there is enough story to go on for a trilogy, it could just be left there. If you don't read this book because it's part of a series though then you're missing out.
I loved the twist on the zombie apocalypse genre, which is the closest thing to this I could think of, and actually I would say that the blurb's description of this being between The Walking Dead and Terminator (without the time travel) is spot on, and I don't often feel that. It was a great take on what could happen if technology took over and I liked the back to basics approach that the characters had to take.
I loved Eve too. She was strong, independent and yet complex. She was just learning how to cope with things (especially emotions, because of reasons that I don't want to ruin) and that caused conflicts within her. At the same time she fulfilled what would probably be more traditionally a male role in these books; protector, hunter etc. She did a lot of discovery about herself and I easily bought into that.
What I didn't buy into was the love triangle. On the one side there's Eden's doctor, Avian, and on the other there's newcomer West. Now to be clear I liked both of them as characters, they were complex with their own motivations and strengths. What I didn't buy into so much was Eve's decision between them, and I'm not sure either outcome would have sit quite right with me (though maybe this is where the trilogy comes into play). However the ending for Eve and her man was perfect in it's setting, it worked really well.
Even with me not connecting so much with the love story, this was a fantastic read, interesting and compelling with a complex lead character.