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(The Eden Trilogy #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,229 ratings  ·  575 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 408 pages
Published March 6th 2011 by Keary Taylor Books (first published March 1st 2011)
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Cristina I'll be vague. The good thing is that the love triangle is not a huge focus of the story. However, it is an essential part of the plot because it caus…moreI'll be vague. The good thing is that the love triangle is not a huge focus of the story. However, it is an essential part of the plot because it causes some "non romance related" (for lack of a better description) problems and internal struggles later in the story. It's frustrating that she leads them both on for a while, but she makes her decision by the end of the first book. The love triangle does continue to have a big influence on the story after her decision, though (if that makes sense).
Overall, it's really not too bad in my opinion. It's mostly there to develop the plot.(less)

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Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

From ‘a dystopian thriller described as a cross between "The Hunger Games" and "The Terminator."’


I expect a little hyperbole in these blurbs, so I did read that with a grain of salt. However, I do feel that this book was a case of a good idea that was ultimately let down by its execution. While the opening piqued (more on this word later) my interest, I found it steadily waned as the plot progressed.

I’ll be intentionally vague in this review in the interests of keepi
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I originally read Eden when I was starting off as a reviewer. I rated it as 5 stars at the time, as it was definitely one of the stronger books I had read during that time period. Reading The Bane from Netgalley, it is a similar story but a different experience. Still enjoyable, but perhaps some of the surprise element is gone now that I've already read Eden.

What I liked: The protagonist, Eve, is incredible--strong, determined, and although part robot, achingly human (which she discovers through
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Eve doesn't remember the time before the Fall. She showed up in Eden with the clothes on her back and has lived there since. The people of Eden were her family, yet she somehow always knew she was different from them. Eve was tougher than most and unemotional but couldn't quite figure out what it was that made her different…and then West showed up.

I liked the author's writing style and the development of the characters. Eve was pretty easy to like.
She did some stupid things when it came to Wes
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic, ya, melodramatic
Romance/Action-Adventure with the emphasis on romance. Can you say, "love triangle"? I'm not a fan of pure romance but thankfully there was a large portion of non-love-triangle plot which made the story bearable.

Good things first: The world Taylor created was well drawn and the story moved along nicely. It was engaging and intriguing and I never felt bored even though the characters rambled along for most of the book before I had any clue as to where the story was going. That didn't bother me t
I'm sorry but bad, bad, baaaaad book. Way too much teen angst over "who should I choose?" -- the nice, safe boy? or the boy who makes my toes curl (and my genetically modified robot parts short out?)

Hmmmmm.... Do I care??? NO! Too much "telling" not enough "showing". Characters fall flat on the page, the tension is superficial, and the "dystopian" circumstances are a joke. Tepid, derivative teen romance packaged and sold as a futuristic dystopian drama. It is not.

Best thing about it is the cove
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules
A version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven

This was great! It reminded me a lot of The Immortal Rules. I didnt like The Immortal Rules as much as most people. It was still good, but I prefer Eden. There was a band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. The main girl, Eve, is different from the rest of the survivors. They travel to a safe haven for humans, which was called Eden in The Immortal Rules. Although in this Eden is the name of their group, not their destination.
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Picking up Eden was a little unexpected for me. I was in the middle of reading another book, but when I stumbled across this one and randomly began to read the first page, I was sucked in and forced to finish the entire novel. Everything about the book entranced me- the cover, the premise, and the characters.

I am thrilled to say that I have found yet another original, captivating dysptopian story. The world as we know it has ceased to exist, leaving only a handful of survivors struggling to main
Initial reaction: Not a bad start for Keary Taylor's Eden Trilogy. I think "The Bane" was well worth reading as a dystopian narrative, but I had issues with it for the amounts of infodumping and predictability of certain measures without vetting some of the character and emotional qualities of the story. It didn't quite hit me entirely with emotional investment, though I was propelled through the narrative to figure what happened next. Hard to say where this trilogy will go, but I think I'd like ...more
Melody Costa
Nov 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-read, teen, fantasy
I was drawn to Eden because of the awesome cover and all of the rave reviews about it. Also, the story line was intriguing. I mean, who wouldn't love a teen read about a post-apocalyptic world overrun with techno zombies?!?!?!
However, I was sorely disappointed. The only way I finished was by skimming the last half of the book. Seriously, just read 1 sentence on each page after the first 20 pages and you can get the gist of the whole book.
The development of the character Eve was awful. She wasn
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Although (without spoilers), I would have preferred if Eve had ended up with the other possibility! I thought it was very well written, delved into some difficult topics, (lifeboat scenarios-all over the place), sacrifice, morality, ethics, etc. I can't believe that a traditional publisher did not snap this up, but boy am I glad I was able to get it for the bargain price of .99. It was so good that I immediately bought all of her other books, although they are not dystopians. ...more
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The only reason I gave it four stars (I'm actually giving it 4.75 stars without rounding up) is because I'm SOOO mad at the way it ended. I really am. Oh Keary Taylor, why did you have to do that to me?

Ok, setting that issue aside, I LOVED this book. The book had bits and pieces of other novels I've read like Tankborn (which I read the ARC for), Hunger Games and a few other dystopia books, even a little bit of Mortal Instruments. But the story kept me intrigued the whole time as I flipped throug
Misty Baker
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am a tomboy.

Ok, that is a bit of an understatement. Let me correct that.

I am a horror obsessed, robot zombie junkie 14 year old boy stuck inside of a 30 year old housewife’s body.

Yeah, that’s a little better.

Anyways…because I am a tomboy I sometimes appreciate things WAY outside of the girly zone. Like ACTION. (stay with me…I have a point) That’s not to say I don’t appreciate a good love story (I do have those stubborn girly parts and like to peruse the Internet for steamy pictures of Ben Bass
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, YA Romance Fans
I have many criticisms of this book but I find writing this difficult because I don’t want this entire review to come off completely negative but I feel like it probably will. Never heard of this author before but I was willing to give it a try based on a promising description and a good price (can’t beat .99). I liked that she started off the book with a bit of action and I felt like the book moved along at a good clip for the most part, keeping my attention. Even though there were things that ...more
Samantha Young
I know a book has been a great one for me when I’ve become so fully immersed in the world created that I feel somewhat disorientated when I’m reluctantly pulled back into the real world when the story comes to its inevitable end.
Keary Taylor’s Eden is one such book for me.
I picked it up hoping to get an hour of reading in before I started working and before I knew it hours had flown by and I hadn’t gotten around to my own work. Oops.

Eden isn’t just a great indie novel, Eden is a great novel full
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Immortal Rules and Enclave
A version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven

I loved this just as much the second time around, having already read Eden, if not more. At first I wasnt enjoying it as much because it was focusing mostly on the love-triangle, and I know how that turns out. But as it went on the story picked up and dragged me back in, plus there were subtle differences that had me feeling like I did the first time.

The backstory about how the Bane came to be was more thorough (the name the Bane i
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Marguerite (M)
Rating : 3.75 stars because why not

I'm too lazy to do a full review and I'm playing video games at the same time and it's quite difficult to do both.
I will just list a few points.

1. I liked Eve as a MC. She was strong, lost, stubborn and I had to admire the way she cared about her people and that she would have done anything to save them. But I kept wanting her to sacrifice herself and play the martyr.

2. There was lots of action and it was very fast-paced. But everything happened to quickly, the
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of post apocalypse and love triangles
I got this book on kindle a while ago because I think it was one of the free/super discounted books. Anyway I did not love nor hate this book. Actually, I loved AND hated it. I've found that a pros and cons list is the best way to organize my thoughts.
1. The setting. I was hooked in the beginning about the post apocalyptic world where 98% of the population are infected into being mutant robot zombies, determined to make the rest of the population mutant robot zombies.

2. The Protagonist. Eve
So. Review time. Wellllll, I ended up with very mixed feelings on this one. It started off so, so strong, and I was completely hooked pretty much right away. The premise was terrific--basically a zombie survival novel, only in this case the zombies are the living robots instead of the living dead. Really interesting, though it seemed really implausible to me that this robot infection would spread through touch alone, but then, I'm not a scientist, so maybe that makes perfect sense. In any case, ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge
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Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
The first thing that grabbed my attention was Eden’s cover. So creepy, but so very cool! After reading the synopsis I knew this was a book I had to read. As a huge fan of any doomsday type of premise I couldn’t pass this one up! Human beings consumed by their robot like parts who then seek out other humans until they eradicate any remaining flesh on the face of the earth. Yes, please! This is the stuff nightmares are made of and for some reason I just can’t get enough.

When I sat down to read Ede
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this dystopian read! Its has a sci-fi theme to it, and it made me think a little of Partials by Dan Wells or The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa just in some of the world building parallels.

The Bane are part machine, part human. The way the book describes the cyborgs, it almost made me think of The Terminator. Humanity is almost beat at the time the novel opens. Eve is part of "Eden", a settlement of about 35 humans that have banded together over the last 4 years for survival. S
Jan 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Snooze fest action with lackluster romance & bland characters.

Nothing makes logical sense!

The fact that the Bane robots can just barely touch a human and the human becomes a robot is just not fathomable.

It's not realistic to paint the female MC as devoid of romantic emotions, thereby naive and unfeeling of love, but yet have her so adamantly, clearly exhibit other emotions at every turn of the book- anger toward Wes, empathy toward others, protective over everyone, compassion for those in nea
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really loved this story. Yes, the love triangle got a little annoying. Didn't Eve have bigger problems to worry about? But regardless it had really well developed characters and a really creepy world that will probably give me nightmares. That is not a bad thing.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eve was a strong character, and I really liked her.

This was an interesting and enjoyable read, and I'll definately be continuing the series at some point.
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Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiona
First, let me draw your attention to the incredibly beautiful cover. It was impossible for this cover not to catch my eye. As a self-published author, the cover design was left up to Keary Taylor and she truly did an amazing job with an image that leaps off the shelves. And now, onto the review. Eve doesn’t remember anything before the Fall. As far as she knows, her life began when she was thirteen, found by Avian, Sarah, and Tye. The three of them are the only family Eve knows and together they ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Keary Taylor Books and Netgalley.)
Eve lives in a post-apocalyptic society, in which humans are infected by cybernetics technology and turned into robots. These infected people are known as ‘The Bane’, and their main purpose seems to be to infect as many humans as possible until there are none left.

Eve lives in a small society called Eden, hidden in the countryside outside of a large city. There are only
Brigid ✩
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!

Note: Just to avoid any confusion, this book was originally published under the title Eden and was republished in March 2013 under the title The Bane.

In the future, a technology called TorBane––a combination of human DNA and cybernetic matter––is able to fix all medical problems, from curing diseases to regenerating organs and limbs. But then the cybertechnology goes out of control, and starts taking over people's bodies and minds unt
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 so ...more
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Keary Taylor is the USA TODAY bestselling author of over twenty novels. She 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 splits her time between a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest and Utah, with her husband and their two children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequen ...more

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