07 April, 2012

Eden by Keary Taylor.

EdenName: Eden by Keary Taylor.
Pages: 408.
Publication: 6th June 2011.
Rating: ½
Buy It: Amazon | The Book Depository

"Eve knew the stories of the Fall, of a time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. She's seen the aftermath of the technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter, able to grow new organs and limbs, how it evolved out of control. The machine took over and the soul vanished. A world quickly losing its humanity isn't just a story to her though. At eighteen, this world is Eve's reality. 

In their Fallen world, love feels like a selfish luxury, but not understanding what it is makes it difficult to choose between West, who makes her feel alive but keeps too many secrets, and Avian, who has always been there for her, but is seven years her senior. 

The technology wants to spread and it won't stop until there is no new flesh to assimilate. With only two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction. While fighting to keep Eden alive, Eve will discover that being human is about what you will do for those you love, not what your insides may be made of. And even if it gets you killed, love is always what separates them from the Fallen."

Warning, this is a terrible review. Eden tells the story of seventeen, nearly eighteen year old Eve who lives in a world where only few humans exist due to the downfall of Cybernetic technology turning human into pretty much killer cyborgs. Eve is one of a few humans who have banded together to create Eden who are always on the lookout for Hunters. 

Although, Eve remembers nothing from before the Fall happened, she is far from helpless, she hunts game for the Eden residents, goes on raids to the dangerous cities and keeps look-out for the group. Enter three new residents, one, a boy around Eve's age that for unknown reason seems familiar. Enter jealous doctor and Eden resident and queue the love triangle. Her thoughts were repetitive and the romance in the book becomes unbearable due to her chopping and changing between the two love interests. Thankfully, by the end, she actually chose one.

Character wise, I felt it very hard to connect with Eve, maybe because she seemed to be having quite the identity crisis. She often did things that annoyed me yet they annoyed her too because she would say how she was beginning to hate herself so then I felt a bit better about disliking her actions.

I thought Eden would be more of a actiony dystopian novel about survival but after reading it, it really is just romance novel with a sub-plot of survival. 

Taylor's world she created was impressive. It was interesting and intriguing and it was explained well enough so everything made sense, which is always good. However, that being said, Taylor's writing did let her down on more than occasion throughout the book. The book was too long with too many unneeded scenes and even some unneeded characters.

Final Thought.
A book that graces a beautiful cover, a great concept yet ends up falling flat due to weak writing and characterization.

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