Book Review: The Bane (The Eden Trilogy Book 1) by Keary Taylor


🌟One of my faves!🌟

The world has been taken over by Bane, contagious creatures that are now more robot than human, due to a medical cure gone wrong, and the Bane are only getting smarter. Eve doesn't remember anything from before "The Evolution" except her name, but she's willing to fight against the Bane with her small colony of humans, determined not to let her growing feelings for both Avian and West or the secrets she's uncovered about her past distract her, as they figure out a way to survive.

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Title: The Bane
Book Number: Book 1 of 3
Pages: 354
My Rating: 4 Stars
More Info: Goodreads


This might be an odd way of doing things, but I can’t write this without explaining my thoughts on the series as a whole (no spoilers, I promise) because this is one of those times when the series is much more than the sum of its parts.

This series was intense. The physical intensity was similar to that of many dystopian/post-apocalyptic books, what with people fighting, getting injured, dying, etc., but the emotional intensity was significantly stronger than others I’ve read because the character development was fantastic, and the emotional hell of these characters came through really well for me to masochistically enjoy through them without it ever feeling contrived or over-dramatic.

The other thing I loved was the series’s amazing job of exploring humanity and just how far people will go when they get scared and desperate. That sort of issue is inherent in a lot of books of the genre, but I’ve yet to see one that explored it as realistically and heart-wrenchingly as this series, especially in the second and third books.

But the author never pushes this in an obnoxious way. You have to pay attention if you want to catch it, but I recommend that you do, that you try to understand the actions of these characters. And the way Keary Taylor stayed tightly focused on just a few characters and showed all this through their actions, the thoughts and emotions behind them, the events that led up to them, the fallout that came after them—that’s what had a real effect for me.

There was also a romance plot throughout the books, but the story is so much more than that, and Eve is a strong and mature yet compassionate girl who puts the safety of her people and loved ones above all else.

There was a love triangle, but it was resolved by the end of the Book 1, and I felt it was done right. I understood why the characters had the feelings they did and why Eve needed time to figure things out, especially when she was trying to stay focused on the safety of her colony and not get distracted. And the fact that I liked all three characters involved added to the emotion because I really didn’t want them to get hurt.

So, despite the fact that I never thought I’d like a book described as “The Terminator meets The Walking Dead” (I’m pretty sure I didn’t see that line before starting the book), I really liked it, and the next two books only get better!


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  1. Lola

    I enjoy reading a good dystopia now and then, but i really have to be in the mood for them as they can be quite depressing at times with the bad world, all the fighting and the hardschips the characters go through. This sounds like a very intense series and it’s great that the auhtor also managed to add a lot of emotional intensity. And it sounds like the love triangle is well done, I like the fact it get’s solved at the end of book 1 and when you care about all the characters the love triangle is so much better. great review!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Thanks! I do get what you’re saying though. I have to be in the right mood for dystopian and post-apocalyptic too. But the author did do a great job with the emotion, and that’s what I love in books!

  2. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    You convinced me, and since the first book in the series was free for Kindle I went ahead and downloaded it. It’s good to know that I might need to stick it out past the first book for it to get really good – sometimes I need that forewarning and then I’m happy to keep reading.

    1. Kristen Burns

      You should definitely give this a read since you like the same type of sci-fi I do! The first book was good for me, but definitely not the strongest in the trilogy. So yeah, if you like the first book but are kind of undecided about continuing, just continue because it’ll get better. I’ll be curious to see what you think after you read it πŸ™‚