Review: The Human

June 17, 2013 book review 4

The Human by Keary Taylor

Release Date: June 5, 2013
Series: The Eden Trilogy #2

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.

Before I get started with this fantastic book, you should be warned: this is BOOK TWO (2) in The Eden Trilogy. This review may unintentionally include some spoilers.

When Keary Taylor informed her past reviewers that THE HUMAN was finished and ready to be reviewed, I probably jumped up and down. I loved THE BANE. (Read my review!) That book ended perfectly, but still had the reader begging to know more. There were problems left unsolved and I, for one, needed to know their resolution. You can imagine how excited I was when I got that email saying I had a shiny–figuratively–eARC waiting in my inbox.

THE HUMAN takes place roughly 7 weeks after THE BANE ended. The Pulse has worked, the Bane are out of the city, everyone is living happily ever after, right? No, no, no, my dear friends. Nothing is ever happily ever after in a dystopian society with evil, robotic beings hell bent on infecting every living human. A new group of people come into the city and no one wants to trust them. And that’s about as much as I can say. The other 3/4 of the book I can’t tell you about without spoiling something. You’ve got to read it!

Keary Taylor has done it again! The world and characters I loved in THE BANE are back and better than ever. Eve is still struggling with the decision she made regarding her two love interests. She’s becoming more human with real, raw human emotions. You can tell she’s having a hard time with this, though. She can’t handle everything the right way and it ends up making her depressed. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to live 90% of your life not being overly emotional, and then to now be trapped in a city you don’t love, with a boring routine, and grief and guilt from not choosing the other guy. That would be an incredible amount to deal with.

Avian is a little psycho in this book. I think being cooped up in a city–is that really possible?–and knowing that Eve is still feeling grief regarding West has made him a bit insecure. At one point in the book, he completely snaps. My jaw dropped. The sweet, humble, do good Avian from book one is no more. Having to fight the Bane all these years has really taken a toll.

Without going into too much detail and not revealing what takes place in the story, I can tell you that the plot is crazy insane. One minute you think everything is going well, the next something huge has just happened. Taylor has written this book chalk full of action, suspense, and jaw-dropping revelations. Prepare yourselves for the last two chapters. I have never read two chapters that have made me scream out loud with every page I turn like THE HUMAN did to me. You thought the story was coming to a peaceful, uneventful end? Oh buddy, you’re wrong. Keary throws the reader so many plot changers, in such a short amount of time, you’ll find yourself rushing through to find out what happens, only to see the words “END OF BOOK TWO.”  Over 18 hours later and I’m still sitting here saying “Did that really just happened? Is this [event mentioned in the story] real life?! There’s no way!” Best ending to a middle book in a series I’ve ever read.

My Goodreads status updates while reading the last two chapters:

  • 92% finished: “bomb shell. WHOA. I can’t. WHAT?!”
  • 94% finished: “THIS CHAPTER. OMG”
  • 100% finished: “sqdjtjwd. I am just REELING right now. That can’t be the end of book 2!! After all that just happened in the last chapter?”
If you haven’t read THE BANE yet, I highly, highly suggest you go read it. What started as a stand-alone book, Keary decided to make it into a trilogy, and man, am I glad. THE HUMAN’s writing was fantastic, witty, gripping, and will have you devouring the book in a matter of days. THE HUMAN was much better than the first book in the series and the plot was phenomenal, never letting you rest for one second. I can’t wait for THE EVE, which unfortunately, won’t be out until January!
I received an ebook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my review.
5 Thought Clouds!


4 Responses to “Review: The Human”

  1. Tim Moon

    I know what you mean. I felt the same way about Keary making it into a trilogy and the book itself was wonderful. Nice review.

    • Christine P

      Hi, thanks for stopping by! I’m glad I didn’t discover THE BANE until after she had already reworked it into a trilogy. I know I’d hate to have read it awhile back and thinking that that was the end!

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