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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Genesis by Brendan Reichs @BrendanReichs @LLAudiobooks

TITLE: Genesis
SERIES: Project Nemesis, Book #2
AUTHOR: Brendan Reichs
NARRATORS: Kirby Heyborne and Emily Rankin
PUBLISHER: Listening Library
PUBLICATION DATE: March 6, 2018
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 15 hrs and 22 mins
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction
ISBN: 9780525532040
"Reichs knows exactly how to mix action, suspense, and characters into a breathless read." --Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Warcross

The blistering sequel to the instant New York Times bestselling Nemesis by Brendan Reichs.

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.

In a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it's tempting to lay back and let everyone else battle 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.

MY REVIEW:

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for voluntary review consideration.

I was pretty stoked when I read the first book in this series, Nemesis, last year. Reichs left me wanting more, and this one was equally satisfying!

The story continues where Nemesis leaves off, approximately three weeks after the Guardian reveals the truth to the kids of Fire Lake about how Earth has been destroyed and that they are all living in a virtual reality bubble as strings of code. The scientists at Project Nemesis have found a way to bring the kids back as real living beings by downloading their codes into clones, but the system can only handle bringing back a certain number of kids. So, how do you decide who gets to come back to life? Easy! You pit the kids against each other and make them kill one other! Yes, it's sick and twisted, but this is the only way to ensure that the strong will survive. It is a survival of the fittest. Each kid has a limited number of "resets," just like the Beta patients experienced with their birthday killings. Once they are used up, they won't be coming back. 

Reichs really knows how to spin a dark and exciting tale. Tack made my heart ache, and he puts his love for Min to the test. In a game of survival, you really find out what someone is made of.

Memorable quote:

"I don't want to become an animal just to survive. That's the difference between us, I guess."

I believe this was originally planned to be a duology, but Reichs recently announced that there will indeed be a third book! Yippee!

This audiobook is dually narrated by Kirby Heyborne and Emily Rankin, and they are both ideally suited to this story. As I was with Nemesis, I found myself riveted and had a hard time taking out my earbuds! Here is a sample of the narration:



MY RATING:

4 stars!! I really enjoyed it, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy science fiction. Thanks again to Listening Library for the opportunity to review this audiobook!

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