RELEASE DATE: March 06th, 2018
AUTHOR: Brendan Reichs
GENRE: Young-Adult, Sci-fi, Thriller.
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Noah 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.
‘‘Phase Two has begun.
Uploaded sequences must be sorted.
You must find your place within the system.’’
OMG, this was brutally intense thrill ride from start to finish. It’s like Hunger games meets Battle Royale. Genesis is one of my highly anticipated sequels of this year and it didn’t disappoint me. Seriously, it was even better than the first book. It picks up right where it was left off in the first book and I enjoyed the whole journey filled with suspense, action, and thrill. The plot was pretty much thrilling and it never left me bored even for a second. The characters that we rooted for in the Nemesis were drastically changed in order to survive the phase two. Things have turned pretty chaotic, brutal and crazy in this book. If you haven’t read the first book yet then stop reading further in order to avoid spoilers for the first book. If you want, you can check out my spoiler free review for the first book at here
The story continues from where it was left off in the first book. Noah, Min and 62 other members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class has finally made it to the phase two of Project Nemesis. The mysterious Guardian who appears at the end reveals that earth is no more and Noah, Min, Sarah and Ethan are actually betas who’re trained for this program since they’re young. Now everyone needs to pass the phase 2 by surviving but only the strong will survive. No one knows what’s Phase two is actually about, but survival is the only thing that matters and all the morals are forgotten. Noah Livingston hardens himself and becomes violent and ruthless in order to survive. On the other hand, Min Wilder is not ready to throw away her humanity. She’s totally against to play the guardian’s game and follow his rules. When Min refuses to join Noah, he felt betrayed by her and he shoots her in the back but thankfully she comes back alive without any wound just like in her dreams and it looks like everyone can reset in this world. Trapped in this new violent world, everyone is not afraid to use brute force to Survive and attain leadership. When the phase becomes even more violent and deadly, Min finally decides to stand up against the people that decides who lives and who dies.
The characters are pretty good especially Min, Noah, and Tack. Min doesn’t have an ounce of violence in her bones but she struggles hard to survive. Even though she’s not violent and physically strong like her peers, she’s definitely not weak either. Her strength lies in her determination, beliefs, strong mentality, and braveness. Her character development is a bit slow but I still enjoyed her journey throughout. Noah becomes an unappealing guy in this book but I still can’t seem to hate him. I really liked him in the first book and his sudden drastic violent change really surprised me and it felt pretty unrealistic too. Anyways, he does some cruel things in this book which are totally unforgivable. He turns into a crazy psychopath and blindly follows the rules because he believes that he’s right. Tack is another character that I really like in this series and eventually he also takes the violent route in order to survive. Sarah and Ethan played a good antagonists in this book. They’re not totally bad but the current circumstances has made them cruel. I liked Sarah’s character at the end. She turns into a crazy psycho bitch who creates a lot of tension and suspense at the end.
The plot was amazing and well executed! The pacing was fast and I was hooked to the story from the first page. It was totally an unputdownable read filled with suspense, thrill, and action. As the plot progresses, the story becomes even more intense. The book was 500+ long but I just finished it in two sittings because it was so addictive. I really liked the sci-fi elements in this book. There is a teeny tiny bit of romance between Min and Noah and it’s a perfect amount without getting us distracted from the story. The twists and turns made the story even more exciting. There are some parts that felt a bit unrealistic but they didn’t bothered me much. The writing was perfect. The story was told from shifting POV’s between Min and Noah. I really enjoyed the dual POV’s. The virtual setting was amazing and I loved the whole concept.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book! There are some minor flaws which kept me from giving it a full five stars but it’s still an exciting read that kept me on the edge of my seat till the end. I really hope there’s going to be another book because I’m pretty much dying to know what happens next.
I highly recommend this series to everyone who loves fast paced action packed YA Sci-fi reads. If you’ve loved Nemesis and haven’t read this yet then you’re definitely missing something good. Pick this up ASAP!
MY RATING:[4.5/5 Stars]