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Monday, July 25, 2011

Eden by Keary Taylor

Title: Eden
Author: Keary Taylor
Published: June 2011
Pages: 408
Rating: 5/5
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I had read a book by Keary before I had read this one and I knew that I would enjoy it but I never thought I would love as much as I did!
The whole story is about how the little bit of people who have survived up to this point are trying to keep themselves alive. Eve lives in a community that they call Eden. She's basically the one that people see as the one responsible for bringing everyone safely back when they go on raids. As the story progresses you learn the world they live in and how Eve tries to deal with everything that she learns about herself.
Eve has had to grown up in a world that is different from the world it used to be. For Eve it doesn't matter how the world used to be because she can't seem to remember anything about herself before arriving at Eden. After finding out some things about herself Eve has to deal with the emotions that she's feeling, especially since she had never felt these things before. She did talk a lot about her feelings or both West and Avian but I think that was part of finding what she wanted. A really good thing about her? She sure can fight the Fallen.
I think West and Avian were both important for Eve to truly find herself and not feel to bound to Eden. West came to Eden and had to earn the trust of them while Avian has always been there and seems to be a leader. All along you seem to notice that there's more to West than one thinks but after finding out some of his story you realize that there's a reason why he keeps things secret even if I don't agree with it. Avian seems to be the one that's always there and helps Eve whenever she needs it and is willing to die for her. I'm not going to say who Eve ended up with but I was happy with the choice. =)
Keary Taylor has written one excellent book that I absolutely loved! I couldn't stop reading even when I knew that it was time to sleep. I enjoyed reading the many adventures that Eve had and also the things she did for the people of Eden. This is definitely a very good book!
I received this book from the author for an honest opinion.

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