Book Review – Genesis by Brendan Reichs

genesisNoah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him–hardened him–to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough.

Trapped in a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it’s tempting to lay back and let everyone else fight it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg  5/5 Stars

I received this book from the publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Holy. Moly. Did I just read that? What a thrill ride if a book. And a blood bath! I am not even slightly joking on that one, my gosh, it’s vicious. I am sat here a little bereft it’s over and slightly shocked by it all. Also before you read on there are mild spoilers for the first book included, so beware!

Anyway, onto the main review! As you may remember I loved the first instalment of this series, and I was annoyed I hadn’t guessed a bit more of what was going on. Well that’s because of the whole Nemesis thing, I’ve come across that before and I am still annoyed I didn’t put it together! I guessed about the computer program to a degree, though not completely how it played out, but not Nemesis. Haha. So the sequel is a tiny bit more predictable I guess, but only because the set up is already done. I definitely didn’t foresee the level of blood bath it would become! And Tack and Noah are still a little problematic. More Noah this time for me, he was all over the shop. But it was less frustrating than in the first book – possibly because they both spend less time with Min, and possibly because there’s just so much else going on to concentrate on.

But I loved Min. And Sarah, to a degree! Possibly evil, but focussed and driven, which I respect in this context. Wouldn’t want to know her though 😉. And Ethan and friends are proper psychos but in way that really works for the story. I also really like the way the groups are put together and change through time, the dynamics of their crazy little society.

I do want more at the end – with everything they go through there would be serious consequences in the future, as well as there being a real implication of what happens next in their world. I get why we don’t have that, but I could happily read a short story about the fallout and the events of the next 10-20 years! 😂

Overall I think the absolute edge-of-your-seat style writing is just something that really works for me and that’s why I love this so much. It’s hi-octane and slightly crazy, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. A great finale to the duology.

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