Book Snob – Eden by Keary Taylor
Eden by Keary Taylor
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.
Disclaimer: I downloaded Eden when it was free on KDP Select because the cover is awesomesauce. I don’t know this author and have never spoken to her.
Review: Eden is YA at it’s finest. It has everything you ever wanted out of a Zombie book, except the zombies are like 175,000 times cooler. It has everything you want from a dystopia/post-apocalyptic story except there’s actual LOGIC to the story. It has everything you want out of a female main character except Eve is actually strong and weak and amazing and confused and real. Can you tell I loved this book.
As many of you know, I don’t, on principle, read YA. I haven’t read this author before because she has an angel series out, and call me a snob, but dude, angels? really? insert eyeroll here So for me to come out and publicly say not only is this YA book ker-pow-tacular, I might actually consider her other books because of how great the writing is.
For once in a review, I don’t want to talk about the plot too much. Really, I enjoyed it so much I don’t want to ruin it for you, I just want you to buy in and fall in love like I did. There are a few issues I had with the book, but none of them stopped me from reading this book in 2 days and in eBook format – which I despise. I even read it on my phone in the dr’s waiting room. I just couldn’t get enough. The science is plausible, terrifying and spectacularly well done. Taylor has created a whole new kind of zombie/cyborg/monster that resonates deeply in the minds of modern culture.
My main complaint is the over use of the love triangle crutch to push the plot forward. There was plenty of great story without making this the focus. However, I understand it and it is YA so it’s expected. Also, Taylor had some lovely twists and surprises in there for the reader with the male characters and I think she handled it extremely well. I’m just so over the whole Team Edward! thing, but that’s me, not an issue with the story. There were a few times when the writing could have used an editor. There were some tense issues, a few distracting cliches and on one page I counted the phrase “said through clenched teeth” three times. On one page. Wow. They need to chill out! TMJ is not a joking matter. All in all though, spectacular work, highly recommended.