Review: Bane by Keary Taylor

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Publisher: Keary Taylor Books
Publishing Date: March 2013
ISBN:9780615769806
Genre: Scifi
Rating: 4.0

Publishers Description: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.

This was pitched in the genre “Romance, Teens/YA which was a big mistake. This is a great little scifi novel with frickin’ human cyborgs out to infect every human on earth. You can see why virus’ are self-defeating in a way.

There are some minor story-line flaws in this novel. Like how does a water tank burst into flames when a bullet penetrates it. And how does throwing bones outside the perimeter of your camp keep wolves away?? Another myth is that a gas tank explodes when hit by a bullet. The cover art could have better depicted Eve in her wildest state and in no way relects the Eve I visualized. The author never really reveals alot of gun details, which is kind of a letdown as it is quite central to the book.

I have never seen more mixed reviews on Goodreads for this novel than this one. Reviewers either loved the whole premise, or hated the love triangle thingie. I am not so much a divisive story-line guy, meaning that if there is a part of the story that runs parallel and kind of sucks, I don’t get too hung up on it. As long as it doesn’t drag the whole novel down. In this instance it was pretty close, but did I say frikin’ human cyborgs out to infect humans???? I think what saved the book for me was the writing style. A very good writer that seems to be starting out and would do well with an editor and established publisher.

My suggestion for the next cycle might be go on a planet encompassing scavenge to find immunity for the last humans of Eden. Scavenge/sortie stories can create multiple scenarios and infinite mini-stories that keep the reader gripped and entertained. Kind of like the Darwin Elevator novel. Who knows what they find out, or find on each sortie?? Maybe they find a portable EM pulse generator gun and EMP suit for Eve, or way for Eve to interface a computer with her head chip that allows her to fly helicopters or turns a satellite into a huge EM pulse gen, or …….. The possibilities are endless.

I am excited about this new talent and I wish this author well.

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