I read the first book and was hooked on the story and mystery of the Atlantis gene. The scientific research, as well as evolutionary theories discusseI read the first book and was hooked on the story and mystery of the Atlantis gene. The scientific research, as well as evolutionary theories discussed in this book may bore some people, but I found it fascinating. The majority of it is rooted in real science facts.
This was not a book of explanations, but rather a foundation and background to explain the beginning and the end.
I really recommend you stick it out so you can get to the third and final book to get your payout....more
Terrible. Got duped into reading a teen romance novel
I finished this book and I want my time back. The description makes you think it's a dystopia andTerrible. Got duped into reading a teen romance novel
I finished this book and I want my time back. The description makes you think it's a dystopia and not a teen romance novel. I could stomach teen romance if it is well written. Not the case with this book.
After a few chapters of reading Ember's antics about her "long lost love", the boy next door, who went to become a morality militia soldier, I realized I had been duped. First, Ember is the most ridiculously annoying and dumb character ever written, second the author failed miserably or didn't even attempt to build a believable dystopian world.
There was not even a hint of an explanation of how the world came to be this way, who or what is calling the shots, why cities were evacuated, why the are no police or military. They talk about a war, but don't mention who the war was against and who won. All we get is Ember's angst.
Chase, her love interest, shows up in a particularly harrowing scene were her mother is arrested for having a child out of wedlock and Ember is sent to a reformation school. From there I thought we were getting somewhere, but no, after a failed escape attempt were Ember willingly puts two other people in mortal danger, Chase appears in the nick of time to "rescue" Ember before she is brutally beaten by guards. This is were I hit the point of throwing the virtual book out the window. Ember becomes even more infuriating after this.
Knowing Chase risked his life to rescue her she treats him like a dangerous criminal, tries to run away from him, and puts herself and the poor guy in danger more times than I could count. To top it all off, in the middle of this she still has time to look at his abs and angst about "loving" a cold blooded soldier who took her mother. Give me a break!
Not worth reading to the end, trust there is no payoff, it just gets more stupid as you move towards the last few pages.
I am not going to read the next book in the series. First, I can't stand Ember and second this author does a poor job of making teen romance interesting and worthwhile. ...more
Like nails on a chalkboard. A bad attempt at comedy
I can't begin to describe how bad this book was. At the start of the book I thought it was funny baLike nails on a chalkboard. A bad attempt at comedy
I can't begin to describe how bad this book was. At the start of the book I thought it was funny banter between long time friends and siblings, but the entire book is a big joke. The characters and their dialogue are over the top. By the middle to the end of it I wanted to stab myself in the eye. The characters and the ridiculous situations they got themselves into were driving me insane.
I will never get the few days I wasted on this book back. ...more
Concept was interesting but it felt unfinished. Like a nice collection of thoughts that never became a full fledged story
This is one of those very rarConcept was interesting but it felt unfinished. Like a nice collection of thoughts that never became a full fledged story
This is one of those very rare cases where the onscreen adaptation is better than its source material. I was pretty disappointed in this book. I gave it a chance because I watch the tv show. I am essentially giving the book 3 stars because this is a pretty interesting concept and I really enjoyed the characters philosophical inner dialogue. However, I kept expecting something to happen, back stories or details and traits that would explain better the character's motives and why they think and behave the way they do. We get glimpses, but not detailed enough to satisfy.
I kept waiting for it all to have a purpose, something to tie all the stories together, but it never happened. The end of the book is not an end. It felt like the ending of a first book in a series of books, which, according to Wikipedia, was the intention of the author. Apparently he could not get around to it, because supposedly he couldn't stomach continuing to read and learn about the Nazi way of thinking. The author basically abandoned the story for his readers to figure out the ending on their own.
In summary the book is an unfinished story, maybe more of a collection of thoughts the author had that never became a fully fledged and cohesive tale. An exercise of the what ifs, that puts us on the spellbinding path of imagining how the world would be if a particular historical event went the other way. It provokes thought and meditation, but it bitterly disappoints you when you get to the last page and there is just emptiness, and an absence of closure. ...more