Saturday, August 17, 2013

Book Spotlight: The Bane & The Human (The Eden Trilogy #1 & #2) by Keary Taylor

The Bane (The Eden Trilogy, #1)
The Bane (The Eden Trilogy #1) by Keary Taylor
Publication Date: March 4th 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
Pages: 352
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.
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The Human (The Eden Trilogy, #2)
The Human (The Eden Trilogy #2) by Keary Taylor
Publication Date: June 18th 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
The city of New Eden is cleared, but it won’t stay that way forever. The Bane continue to advance in horrific ways that will wipe humanity from the face of the Earth. A storm is coming, one none of them could have dared imagine.

When a group of outsiders come to the city, everyone is on edge. They have too many questions and not enough answers about where they are from or what they want. Just because they are human doesn’t mean they can be trusted.

Eve made a choice–one that could have deadly repercussions. Desperate hearts bring about desperate actions. Now she must make another decision as her world continues to crumble: come to terms with who she really is, or risk her sanity. She thought she had unlocked all the secrets from her past, but there are truths still buried that leave her questioning what is real and what is not.

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~About The Author~
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. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit


The Bane, Chapter One

“Good-bye my friend,” Avian whispered.  His eyes closed with silent words of regret that echoed through the rest of us. 
We all shut our eyes as Avian pressed the device to Tye’s arm.  The back of my throat tightened when I heard the sharp hiss of the cybernetics under his skin short out and die.  Agonizing seconds later, he took his last gasping breath.
Avian set down the one piece of technology that existed in Eden on the wooden table.  I finally opened my eyes again when I heard his suppressed sob.  Bill and Graye bowed out of the medical tent silently, unable to deal with Avian’s grief in addition to their own.
I couldn’t keep my eyes away from Tye.
His body lay limp on the table, one of his legs about to slip off.  His left arm rested at his side, the skin shredded and torn where he had tried to rip it off.  The dirty, bloody wires and metal bones shone from underneath.  His head lolled to one side, staring emptily at me with one still-human eye and one cybernetic one.
I wished Avian would stop sobbing.  I should have tried to comfort him, but what do you say to the man who had just killed his own cousin?
Avian looked up at me from where he stood with his hands braced on the table next to the body.  “Thank you for bringing him back, Eve.”
I bit my lower lip and managed a small nod.  He held my eyes for a long moment, each of us knowing what the other was thinking.  We would never hear Tye’s hesitant laughter again, never urge him to take a break from his post to eat a few bites.  He would never hunt in the woods or go on a raid again.
“I don’t understand,” Avian said quietly.  “They don’t attack at night.  We’re supposed to be safe when it’s dark.”
“I don’t understand either,” I replied.  There were certain rules when it came to the Bane.  Inactivity during the night was one of them.  Night time was the one advantage we had over them.
“Let me help you,” I offered as Avian started picking up the body.  He graciously accepted, his entire frame trembling as we carried what was left of Tye to the furnace.  We couldn’t even bury our fellow men and women in the ground after they were infected – which meant we could never visit their graves.  Even destroyed cybernetics were too dangerous to keep around.  They were melted down and transported away.
Avian collapsed to the ground as we slid the heavy door closed.  Another round of tears consumed him as I lit the fire beneath it.  I sank to the ground next to him, hugging my knees as I watched the flames grow in intensity and consume Tye.
All it had taken was one brief touch from the Bane.  Tye had tried ripping his own arm off before the infection it carried could spread any further.  It was useless.  Less than an hour after being touched, Tye’s eye started changing.  He’d turned on us within three hours and tried to return to the city.  It had taken the entire unit to drag him back to Avian.  Bill had to knock him unconscious so he wouldn’t try to kill us all. 
“Why don’t you go to bed?” I said quietly as I stared at the flames.  “I can take care of things.”
“No,” Avian said as he shook his head, wiping a few tears away with the back of his hand.  “I can handle it.”
“You don’t have to,” I tried to argue, but only half-heartedly. 
“Go home, Eve.  You’ve done your job.”
I stood and walked out of the tent.
Small fires glowed in the darkness, scattered about in the village of tents.  I avoided eye contact and pushed the flap of my own tent aside and stepped into the darkness. My worn-out cot felt more uncomfortable than ever as I collapsed onto it.  I stared up at the blackness above me, my arms resting above my head.  The sound of Sarah’s breathing a few feet away let me know she was still awake.
We lay silently for a few minutes.  Tye’s death would be as hard on Sarah as it was on Avian, brother and sister in painful loss.
“How’s Avian?” she finally spoke.
“I helped him with the furnace but he sent me back,” I forced the words out of my mouth.  All I wanted to do now was sleep.
Sarah was silent again and I knew there would be tears rolling down her pale cheeks.  I understood why she had not come to the farewell.  It killed a little piece of us all whenever we attended one.
I faintly heard her roll away from me before I fell off the cliff of consciousness into the dark.
The Bane

The Human


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