Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Human by Keary Taylor [ARC REVIEW]

TITLE: The Human (The Eden Trilogy #2)
AUTHOR: Keary Taylor
PUBLISHER: Keary Taylor Books
PUB DATE: Jun 5 2013
Summary from Goodreads:

"The city of New Eden is cleared, but it won’t stay that way forever. The Bane continue to advance in horrific ways that will wipe humanity from the face of the Earth. A storm is coming, one none of them could have dared imagine.

When a group of outsiders come to the city, everyone is on edge. They have too many questions and not enough answers about where they are from or what they want. Just because they are human doesn’t mean they can be trusted.

Eve made a choice–one that could have deadly repercussions. Desperate hearts bring about desperate actions. Now she must make another decision as her world continues to crumble: come to terms with who she really is, or risk her sanity. She thought she had unlocked all the secrets from her past, but there are truths still buried that leave her questioning what is real and what is not."


I was highly impressed by Keary Taylor’s The Bane, the first book in the Eden Trilogy, so when I received an invite for a chance to read an ARC of book two, The Human, I immediately jumped for the opportunity. Who wouldn’t want to get the chance to view stories they enjoyed firsthand before its release?

Apart from the impressive predecessor, I was intrigued with The Human because of its cover. Ever since I saw it, I was curious to find out why Eve had a shaved head. Last time I checked she had long blond hair, and now it’s gone – what gives?

The Human starts off rather slower than The Bane. Just like Eve, I was used to her and the people of New Eden constantly have their guards up and tense at protecting themselves from the Bane. Now that the people are trying to re-establish a semblance of normal life before TorBane came about, Eve has nothing to do, and it’s making her depressed without her knowledge since emotions are relatively new to her. It’s a good thing she has Avian. I don’t think Eve can handle such without someone supporting her, also considering she’s still suffering from guilt over what happened to West, it really is a lot to take in for someone like her.

Speaking of Avian and West, I have to say this is one messy love triangle. Not that there are any non-messy ones but this whole Avian-Eve-West love affair puts a lot of the others to shame. Although I find West a jerk here, I can’t blame him for being bitter.

In the first book, we have the killing machines called the Bane as our antagonists. Here, we have a group of humans, from another part of the country, who causes the harm. Wow... this woman who leads them is even worse than the Bane. At least the machines had an excuse for being killers. They are emotionless and corrupted beyond repair. Unlike this woman, she may have gone through hell, but her actions make her less human than the Bane. I would have been all glad to see her die a horrible death, especially after what she’s done to Eve. Oh, poor, poor Eve. It already sucked that she was experimented on while she was young, for it to happen again is awfully cruel! *sniff*

Although The Human takes a lot longer to get exciting, it’s just as eventful and as action-packed as the first. Just when I thought I already knew everything about Eve, here comes another revelation that makes me asks another series of questions. Also, is it just me or does Eve have a knack for passing out several times in each book? Bet you it’ll happen in The Eve, the third book, as well. :P

Even if this book ended with a cliff-hanger [which was unexpected since Keary didn’t end The Bane in such a way], I’m looking forward to seeing how Eve would finally save the human race.

*Thank you, Ms. Keary Taylor for the copy of The Human.

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