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Genesis Paperback – May 19, 2012
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I love apocalyptic literature and the premise of this one started out good. I loved that three teens were prepared and had a plan. So many things did not add up. The children missed their dead father and that is mentioned frequently. The mother lost in Charlotte, far from them, seems to be of little concern.
They go back to find their friend Dave's parents, yet they never check their own home to see if their mother had found her way back.
When they got to the silly supernatural powers, I nearly stopped reading. Then the book took another turn for the worse and became a Christian bashing tract.
The first couple of chapters were promising, but it went down the tubes from there. No interest in purchasing the sequel, just glad this one was free.
This is definitely MY type of book. I love the survival story and how a character or group of characters deal with the harsh reality of having to "fend for yourself". The characters were believable and well developed. My one complaint on character dialogue was calling each other "bro" and "sis", who really does this? We didn't and there 5 of us. It didn't feel natural to me and it made me cringe whenever the characters did this, felt creepy to me personally. Besides that (which I could live with) I have no character complaints. I was really surprised by the characters at times and truly did enjoy this book.
Ok the editing errors -
There was one part I was reading along and all of a sudden it said "said Billy" and I thought "who is Billy", I looked back through a few pages thinking I missed something and even thought for a few minutes, I could not come up with a logical explanation of who "Billy" was since NONE of the characters were named Billy. There were several pronoun misuses, i.e. a female character would be talking/interacting and the author would use "he" and vice versa that kind of drove me crazy because I would think I missed something and would have to re-read to make sure I didn't daydream while reading and miss a change in character thought, etc. *****spoiler alert****** The worse error was referring to a character later in the book as having added to a comment/conversation that had expired earlier in the book, I was reading and then oh wait "***" is dead, which was sad because I really liked this character.
If the errors are cleaned up this would definitely be a 5 star book, I still highly recommend it for the Sci-Fi, Post-Apocolyptic scenario lovers out there. Is PG rated, I would definitely let/encourage my 12 year old to read if he wanted to.
So to sum up, the story-line was a nice idea, it needs tons of editing and is difficult to follow as written, and strikes a sour and very sterotypical note by turning every church-going character but one into a murdering, hateful, homophobic, irrational zealot. (And yes, Westboro Baptist Church is actually like that, but considering they can't get all of their own family members to stick around, I have a hard time imagining that even in the apocalyptic future of Genesis that all churches would suddenly become like those crazies.)
He had me at apocalypse! For some reason, I just love a good tale about the collapse of society (even though this is perhaps my greatest fear). THEN, he threw in some X-Men like abilities. I could not wait to blaze through it.
The story centers around some teens who happen to catch on to the fact that civilization as they know it is about to change and they react quickly. As they come to grips with their new lives, they are forced to grow up fast and discover a lot about themselves and the nature of people.
This was a light read that I found very enjoyable. I found the characters to be very likeable and I can't wait to follow the next 2 stories of the trilogy (I am pretty sure it is meant to be a trilogy).