Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review/Blog Tour: Eden by Keary Taylor

Welcome to today's stop in the Eden Blog Tour hosted by the awesome ladies over at Mundie Moms! I'm excited to share with you my review for Keary Taylor's newest release as well as host a giveaway for an e-book of Eden!

Title: Eden
Author: Keary Taylor
Ebook: 243 Pages
Release Date: June 6, 2011
Publisher: Self
Author Info: Website | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon
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.
Eden is a fast-paced, non-stop action ride from start to finish. Living in a world where technology has taken over humanity and the Fallen will do anything to "infect" the last survivors of the human race, Eve is not in the safest of situations. She has no memory of her life before coming to Eden so the only life and family she knows is in Eden. And she will do anything, even risk her own life, to protect her home. She is a very strong and capable lead character that really drives the story. Even if she does get a bit reckless on occasion.

Keary Taylor really brings this world to life with detailed descriptions and flashbacks of what the world used to be like that juxtapose the stark reality of their current situation and life. It's pretty bleak. Though there is a light through it all. Friends, family, and boys. Yes, boys. Now I'm not usually a fan of love triangles because they're usually all the same. And the triangle between West, Avian, and Eve was a little too familiar for my liking. Though it was well-written and both guys had something to offer, I felt it was a bit drawn out. Maybe that's just because from the omniscient reader's perspective we make our decisions on who should be with the main character in the end faster.

Reading Eden, I kept thinking of how similar the post-apocalyptic story was to a zombie apocalypse. It speaks of the Fallen attempting to infect humans with just a touch. So obviously my mind kept bringing up zombie scenarios. The thing that separates these genres though is the cybernetics. I loved that these were robots and that the "infection" that was being spread was "nanites" that would assimilate the human organic materials in your body into robotic parts. You would essentially be a cyborg. Though like zombies, they were all basically mindless predators hell bent on assimilating all flesh. I still liked the twist on the genre. It felt a lot like Walking Dead meets Terminator.

The level of detail that was put into the characters and world made it feel real and tangible. It was so simple to visualize this world after the Fall and the plot twists really left me on the edge of my seat. I was reading for hours non-stop. Like I said in the first paragraph, it's fast-paced, non-stop action. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of post-apocalyptic or dystopian novels. I suggest you add this one to your "Must Read" list now!

To be entered to win the ebook copy of Eden, all you have to do is follow the instructions below. Use your facebook or email that way I can contact you if you win. This giveaway IS international. Good luck!


  1. Great review! I was surprised with how much I enjoyed Eden. I'm looking forward to the sequel. Thank you for being on the tour!

  2. i really like divergent and rot and ruin

  3. My favorite is probably The Last Princess. I actually just finished it today

  4. The Gone series by Michael Grant or possibly Divergent by Veronica Roth

  5. The Hunger Games and Chaos Walking trilogy. :)

  6. What's your favorite post-apocalyptic/dystopian YA novel?
    Mine is Legend by Marie Lu (but I am a bit bias, I knew Marie when she was an artist and unpublished writer)

  7. I haven't read so many dystopian books yet, but I do like the genre. I think I'm going to stick with Catching Fire from Suzanne Collins :)

  8. My fave post-apoc/dystopian YA novel is the Hunger Games. I have yet to read most of the popular ones, so it's possible my choice wont stay my fave for long.

  9. My favorite is  Divergent and Hunger Games. I love both sets because they have something that everyone can relate to and love.

  10. Legend by Marie Lu