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3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  251 ratings  ·  27 reviews
In the Britain of a few tomorrows time, physical perfection is commonplace and self improvement has become an extinct expression: all the qualities men and women could aspire to can be purchased prior to birth. "Genus" is a time of genetic selection and enrichment - life chances come on a sliding scale according to wealth. For some there is no money or choice, and an under...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Corsair (first published January 1st 2011)
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Colin Taylor
Through his use of antiquated and middle age English Jonathan Trigell has created a novel that brings together a London of old with genetic enhancement, of pestilence and plague, and of a world on the cusp of a new age. It's a bleak tale, but characters and well crafted and the story moves along at a good pace.

Set sometime in a future post-war Britain, where technology advancement seems to have stuttered, and genetic enhancement is the only real indicator that this isn't the London of the late 1...more
J.F. Penn
Well written and thought provoking sci-fi, in a dystopian future world. The riots in London this last week and the right wing politics of
a) welfare parents should have fewer children
b) class separation between haves and have nots
along with the images of fire, burning, arrests, looting and chaos all fit dramatically into this book. I felt I was reading something almost prescient. It challenges what your own prejudices are.
It's written from the point of view of different characters - the stunt...more
Phillip Edwards
Genus is set in a BladeRunneresque future London rid of religion following a series of 'Caliphate Wars' which have lain waste to half of mainland Europe. People have ID chips in their arms, drink synthetic alcohols and children can be genetically 'enriched'.

There are a number of vividly memorable characters, the main ones being Holman Prometheus and Detective Günther Charles Bonnet. Holman, the son of a famous model (and the last ever winner of 'Miss Natural') is a deformed and dwarfish artist...more
Melanie
My main problem with this book was that I had no idea what the story was really about until about two-thirds of the way through. Up until that point, you're just reading about a number of seemingly random people, a couple of whom have no real impact on the story at all and simply serve to show more about the world. No bad thing I suppose, I just think it would have been cleaner to cut the people and get the requisite information in another way.

Because the world created in this story is pretty in...more
Jaime Boler
Gretchen Gerbi, an elderly woman who lives in a London apartment complex, busies herself by playing an old video game called "Civilization." Gretchen has not gotten far into the game. Her tribe is still quite primitive. She knows it is not the way to win the game, but she directs her people to farm and form settlements rather than make war on other tribes. For Gretchen, Civilization is just a way to pass the time. She never really succeeds because the game crashes when her power dims. "After reb...more
Lucy
This review was originally posted on Lucybird's Book Blog

I've heard a lot of good things about Boy A (which was Trigell's first novel) so when Genus was sent to for review I thought why not? I've not actually read Boy A so I don't know if it's worth of the praise it has received but knowing about it probably did heighten my expectations a little when it came to reading Genus.

At first I really can't say I was much of a fan. The chapters kept jumping from character to character- sometimes with a h...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
Genus appealed to me because it's set in futuristic dystopian London, specifically in King's Cross – now known simply as The Kross. Many of you may associate King's Cross with Harry Potter and The Hogwarts Express, but The Kross is anything but magical. It's dirty, dull, and impoverished; a reluctant home to The Unimproved. You see, in Trigell's world, physical perfection is easy to attain – for the rich. For a price, your children can be free of disability and disease through genetic selection....more
Leeswammes
We follow misshapen Holman, a poor artist living in The Kross where he scrapes a living (mainly by begging from his very rich and beautiful mother, a former model). His life isn’t easy and it doesn’t help that people start dying around him. Not just anyone, but people he knows and deals with regularly. His artwork gets destroyed in a riot and he relies on synth (an alcoholic drink) to get through the day. Soon he’s a suspect in the murder cases and he leaves home to hide at a friend’s house.

We a...more
David Hebblethwaite
Jonathan Trigell is best known for Boy A, his debut about a young offender trying to reintegrate into society after spending most of his life in prison. For his third novel, however, Trigell has turned his hand to science fiction. In a future London stifled by a series of wars and unchanging government, advances in genetic technology mean that perfection is available to anyone who can afford it. Those who can’t, the ‘Unimproved’, end up somewhere like The Kross (King’s Cross as was). Genus follo...more
Virginia
I'm a sucker for a fresh take on the future distopian view and I am also a fan of this author after his debut, Boy A, so I was hoping for great things from this book. It delivered enjoyment and frustration in equal measure.

In Trigell's future world, society has faced two critical battles; a military conflict pitting Islam against Christianity in the Caliphate wars, and the social battle for genetic domination by the wealthy. The author's gift is that he allows us to discover the impact of these...more
Crazyjamie
I am reliably informed that Genus is Jonathan Trigell's third book, though it is the first that I have downloaded and read after receiving a Kindle for Christmas. I will confess to not having heard of Trigell before this. Quite simply, the book description sounded interesting, it was cheap, so I bought it and read it.

The aspect that drew me to the book was the simple fact that it is set in a near future dystopian society where genetic modification has become the norm. This has lead to a distinc...more
Crash
A pretty entertaining dark-future novel, with elements of Gattaca and Brave New World, but all set a bit closer to the present (and very close to home). The book is one of those written from the perspectives of different characters, which works well in this type of story to give you an understanding of how different parts of society are affected by the main premise.... That voluntary genetic modification allows the rich to build designer children, while the poor are left with 'unimproved' childr...more
Paul Owens
Interesting vision of near-future London filled with haunting characters such as Holman, a Kings Cross toulouse lautrec; Crick the blind soldier; and the Regans, a clan of cloned criminals who can never be prosecuted as no one can tell them apart.
All of these characters are in either physical or emotional pain and it could be grim going but there's enough humour and wonder along the way to keep you enthralled and although the murder-mystery aspect is a let-down the book is an interesting look a...more
Lianne
A gritty, stark and pretty bleak look at the have and have nots of the future. It's a decent plot and interestingly written, but I struggled to get into it and it was only towards the end that I started to warm to the characters. Good in bits, but boring in others, at times I felt like skipping on a few pages as the book meandered on. The plot definitely loses it's way in the middle, and although it gets interesting again if you stick with it, considering the rave reviews, I ultimately felt a bi...more
arjuna
Highly enjoyable - not new ground, exactly, but well-written and nicely paced, with enough strangeness and distance to make it worthwhile. Beautifully, and credibly, pessimistic about humanity's innate need to grind the downtrodden still further as a means of self-definition. Very Warren Ellis-esque (and that's a good thing), although without quite the same ascerbic edge (not so much).
Emily
Really enjoyed it. Especially as some parts seem spookily-relevant with relation to recent riots in the UK. Will re-read it post-dissertation as I'm not 100% my brain's still functioning properly at the moment :)
Sue Watson
I've just finished reading this on my Amazon Reader, brilliant book, really mental and what an amazing first book an his MA thesis by the way for an author to watch out for, fab! I loved it.
Ming Siu
Interesting premise, and as it progresses, you discover how the different characters are related to each other. Yet, it feels like the same point/theme over and over again.
Marc
Annoying style - excessive simile.

Had to drop it half way through.
Unable to care about any of the characters.
Vicki


Not exactly cheery but thought-provoking and beautifully written.
Kadie D♥
I actually gave up on this novel and returned it to the library.
Aminna Cumberbatch
Fucking beautifully written, very interesting plot.
Ingelies
the future is bleak, scarily imaginable
Alan Fricker
Dystopian britain based on gene tech.
David Kavanagh
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Jonathan Trigell is a British author. His first novel, entitled Boy A, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2004, the Waverton Good Read Award and the inaugural World Book Day Prize in 2008.

Jonathan completed an MA in creative writing at Manchester University in 2002. He spent most winters in Alps working in the Ski Industry and now lives in Chamonix, France.

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