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2.56  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
When an old manuscript holding the secrets of human extinction is found, two children with strange powers must set out to save the human race.

A strange 100,000 year-old manuscript in a long-forgotten language has been the basis for all the major religions throughout history. Lost and buried in a sarcophagus during the Second Iraq War, it holds the secrets of human birth—an
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Tor Books
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Jun 17, 2009 Sue rated it did not like it
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Oct 08, 2009 Prairieken added it
Recommends it for: Nobody!
I have to agree completely with everything Sue said. It was terrible times 4!!

After the first chapter I was thinking it was a juvie (written to appeal to a juvenile audience). But that didn't feel right when I thought about all the great juvies I've read, both as a juvenile and as an adult. Then it struck me that it felt like it was written BY a juvenile rather than for a juvenile. The story reads like the daydream of a self-indulgent and not very well educated adolescent. An adolescent who eith
Michael Starkweather
Dec 04, 2009 Michael Starkweather rated it did not like it
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Jun 27, 2009 Linda rated it did not like it
I shouldn't have even said I read this one because I couldn't stand to finish it. It sounded as if it would be a good read when I bought it, but the writing itself was the worst I've tried to read in a long time.
James Lampkins
Aug 06, 2015 James Lampkins rated it did not like it
The plot sounded interesting, unfortunately, the book was executed poorly.

I was hoping to hear a story of Adam and Eve as a pair of ship wrecked space travelers. How they were seen as being thrown from the heavens and how the human life began to worship and tell their story. How a religion was started due to this accident.
There was then limitless possibilities to hear how the main characters, Linda and Billy, overcome the treatment of being superhumans. Cruel and unjust treatment due to jealous
Dec 07, 2013 Arkady rated it really liked it
Interesting plot, though the writing is often ponderous and laughably bad!
This book is a an inventive re-imagining on the story of creation and various parts of the Old Testament,,,I like the re-naming of Adam and Eve to Adamartoni and Evevette,,,
Two children are injected with the ancient DNA of Adamartoni, a long-dead alien who with his wife was marooned on Earth when their spacecraft crashed, and from the pair the old tale of creation sprang. As they age and grow up, the two children, Billy a
Nov 30, 2014 KelticKat rated it liked it
This story started a bit slow and I definitely felt the undercurrent of a conspiracy going on between the "Logos" & the government. It starts with the finding of a strange metal coffin covered in an unknown writing. Once the writing is translated it reveals the history of a unique race and the end of the Earth in - 2012.

But as the story shifted focus to include Billy & Linda and the town of Clayton, New Mexico, I began to enjoy the journey. Still Logos was present and seemed to manipulat
Tom Wiseman
Jun 18, 2011 Tom Wiseman rated it did not like it
I haven't been this disappointed in a book for quite some time. The plot, while imaginative enough to somewhat carry the story along, lacked any substantial support from descriptive scenes and real character development.

Ken writes about some very advanced technology, but is extremely vague on the materials used to produce them or how they function, leaving the reader too much leeway in the guessing department. On top of this, the characters were absolutely flat and the dialogue was unrealistic
May 31, 2012 Jared rated it did not like it
I think that anyone wanting to write science fiction should have to read this book completely. This book is a great example of how NOT to write a book. The characters are flat as the paper they are written on, and the dialogue is atrocious. None of the characters have any emotions. I felt as though I was reading about a bunch of robots.

Then there was the lack of suspense. Nothing bad or dangerous truly happens to the main characters. The closest thing that happens to a gasp is when one of the ma
Read Ng
Jun 24, 2015 Read Ng rated it liked it
Picked this book up for no reason in particular. The permise was fine, but the execution just lacked any punch. The writing was not very drawn out nor descriptive. It came across to me to have been something I myself would have written (and I don't think myself to be a good author). There does not appear to be any attempt to develop a bad guy. (Or maybe I should say that I had a hard time seeing the conflict of Logos and their "ends justifies the means" approach.) Yes, there was a sense of urgen ...more
Aug 02, 2010 Sooz rated it did not like it
this book was a mistake. literally. i was looking to read Genesis by Bernard Beckett.

this book was a mistake. i can't believe it actually got published as it is. the writing is so bad. but then there is the dialogue which is actually so much worse. i almost didn't get through the second chapter. in fact if i hadn't been on the beach without another book to lay my hands on, i likely would not have continued.

an sci fi that tells the tale of the days leading to our pending doom. it is a pre-apocalyptic tale rather than a
Jun 21, 2010 fullofFaith rated it it was ok
I think that two stars is a very gracious rating for this book. I am glad that it only took me two days to read. I thought that the author had a good concept, but it needed to be fleshed out a lot more before publishing. It has the feel of a young child telling a story, because more than once you can only most hear the rushing child's voice saying "this happen and then this happened and he just happened to be doing something and so this happened and then he died." There are also some point where ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Chivon rated it liked it
The majority of reviews I read on this book were not very good, so my expectations were not high to begin with. I actually liked this science fiction book. It put me in the mind of the movie 2012 with the whole buildling ship business. The book did seem very elementary in addition to just being totally unrealistic even in fantastical terms. It just didn't make sense how everything would always fall into place. I am a sucker for happy endings though and this did have a happy ending. Although it w ...more
May 06, 2014 Scorpiuscat rated it liked it
I forgot where I got a copy of this book, but I finally read it and while the authors writing style lacks a lot of depth and he skips a lot of detail to get to the dialog between characters, I found the idea interesting enough to want to read it thru to see where it goes.

Its an easy fast read, if you are the type of reader that does not want to get bogged down in a ton of details and like reading character dialog vs. paragraphs of detail setting up scenes and details, this book would be perfect
Aug 27, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok
One review (by Junius Podrug, author of Dark Passage) claims that "Genesis may be the best apocalyptic thriller ever written." It's the only apocalyptic thriller I've read to date, but I don't believe it's the best. Another review said it has "strong characters", but they seem flat to me; they all seem to act and speak pretty much the same. However, the plot is interesting, and it is fast reading.
Joshua Bourne
Aug 12, 2011 Joshua Bourne rated it it was amazing
Dont listen to these un-imagnative folk, Genisis is a great sci-fi read. Some folks have a pre-conceaved notion of what a good sci-fi book should be, and don't open their imagination enough to see what it can be. Just like people who only play video games with a score of 10, and never giving games with 7 or 8 a chance. I personally got lost in this book, and wish they have a sequel.
Mar 09, 2010 Nikki rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I don't dislike Christian Lit for being Christian Lit. I dislike it b/c it is usually so poorly written. This book is a case in point. Interesting premise, however there is no tension, no conflict and no character development. Lame, Lame, Lame.
Apr 11, 2012 Will rated it did not like it
This may be the worst book I've ever read all the way to the end. The plot and writing were a terrible letdown as the premise of the book was really intriguing. Go to Amazon and read the reviews. They sum up very well all of the problems this book has. Just, just awful.
Joshua Silverman
Aug 04, 2012 Joshua Silverman rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
I only got one chapter in and well...I didn't need to go further. NEXT!
Dick Edwards
Jan 25, 2011 Dick Edwards rated it did not like it
Silly, preposterous sci-fi.
Jacob Springer
Dec 30, 2015 Jacob Springer rated it did not like it
This is literally the worst book I've ever read. The story starts off okay but the plot holes and deus ex machina are absurd.
David Kerns
Dec 06, 2014 David Kerns rated it did not like it
Have to agree with reviews. Very poorly written with a thin plot and lack of depth.
Feb 16, 2015 Shannon rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad
This is the only book I have ever in my life time wanted to set fire to after reading.
Henry Bakker
Jul 26, 2010 Henry Bakker rated it liked it
The writing was a bit repetitive but I found the story to be interesting enough to enjoy the book.
Jun 26, 2013 Djvelas rated it liked it
The book could've been more in depth, but for the price and the place I found it (Walmart) it could've been wrose.
Sara Stacey
Oct 06, 2009 Sara Stacey rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! Suspenseful, and very creative. Read it twice already!! I would suggest it to anyone who likes Sci-Fi.
Feb 16, 2011 Angie rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, paper-book, bad
worst book ever written. would make an okay anime.
Bob Murphy
Bob Murphy rated it it was ok
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