Saturday, March 31, 2012

Review of "Eden" by Keary Taylor

EdenEden by Keary Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Source: I purchased this book.
Genre: dystopian, apocalyptic, YA

Description from Goodreads: 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. 

My thoughts: It's hard to imagine a world where humanity has been taken over by technology. This is the premise behind the book "Eden."

Eve is 18 years old and doesn't remember the past. She was found wandering by survivors from the fall of man. All she knows is the past five years that she has lived in Eden fighting to survive in a world where technology has overtaken mankind.

Before the fall, scientist discovered that they could use cybernetic matter to help people grow new limbs, or failing organs. It was the discovery that would improve the life of the sick and disabled. Unfortunately, when a thing is too good to be true, it really is. The cybernetics became a virus. It took over the human body, making it a machine and spread quickly by touch.

Eve protects those who are in Eden. She is faster and stronger than anyone else. Soon she discovers secrets from her past which are pretty intense secrets. They forever alter her perspective and how she lives life.

The secrets also lead to her trying to discover what love is and what it really means to be human. There is a love triangle in the book. One man ignites her zest for life and love and the other is part of her heart and soul. The questions for her is to discover where her heart truly lies.

This book caught and kept my attention.  The world that they live in is fascinating.  I enjoyed that Keary Taylor descried the world, but didn't dwell on it too much.  It was a great blend of story and back story.

I finished this book on the last day of March as part of the challenge to read books that have been sitting on my too read shelf too long. It can't be a book that I have to review.  I read this book solely because it interested me and I wanted to.

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