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(The Extinction Files #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  9,756 ratings  ·  510 reviews
A code hidden in the human genome will reveal the ultimate secret of human existence.

And could hold humanity's only hope of survival.

Genome concludes The Extinction Files, the two-book series that began with Pandemic. It's a race against time—and an exploration into the deepest mysteries of human existence (with a twist at the end you'll never see coming).

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Kindle Edition, 517 pages
Published October 12th 2017 by Riddle Inc.
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Anne Thomas
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really good read, but the ending felt like the author just woke up one morning and realized "Oh my God, today's my deadline! Okay, just write an ending quickly and send the book to the editor." It didn't come naturally. Anyway, other than that it was an interesting read, it definitely makes you think about stuff, about our world and our society. The pacing is quick, the science interesting and not difficult to understand, and it's also packed with action. I wish that ending had been different ...more
Donna Backshall
There were so many big ideas wrapped in this sci-fi adventure, I honestly couldn't keep up! This was a buddy read, and I kept going back to my buddy saying "I surely missed something here" or "what did Riddle mean with this?", because it was complex in unexpected ways. It's not often a book talks up to me, rather than spelling out every little detail and "hint", but I was glad for the mental challenge.
Tom W
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent conclusion to the series, but after 1 and 3/4 build up about the Looking Glass, the reveal as to what it actually was capable of was quite disappointing.

The entire ending also seemed abrupt and penned by an author who realized that the book was ending.

Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely qualifes as a "page turner" but I am a little disappointed how this series ended. I felt the epilogue was rushed and gave it 4 out of 5 stars because of this. But still, I think it's a very satisfying read, it's also smart and makes you think... like it kept me thinking about how prepared we are for the next epidemic and how much technology is humanizing or dehumanizing our society. Enjoy.
Jerry Mount
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Annmarie (Annie) Kostyk
I've read all of Riddle's novels thus far and loved them. Polished each of them off in a day.

This one though, it took a week. I couldn't get through it. I know these are self-published, but I felt he need some help on this one. It seemed like I was reading a first draft of a book. It was all over the place. Back and forth between past and future in the same chapter. A lot could have been edited out (easily 100 pages) and added to the last book to simply make one long novel. I felt the ending was
Iona Watson
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
This started off well but then it kind of went downhill. It's quite long, but most of it is just repetition with various people chasing each other around the globe, and explaining things to each other so cryptically that they're not actually saying anything at all. I didn't particularly care for any of the characters, except maybe Avery.

And then we have the Looking Glass. (view spoiler)
Katie blakely
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is full of intrigue, mystery and deep philosophical theories, religious beliefs merged with science.

Lots of secret society groups, spy, love triangle, adventure and honestly confusing dialogue. I enjoyed this at times, others I really had to force my self to read because of all the waiting , some of the action and fighting was confusing , but I admit I can't visualize technical descriptions of some of equipment, subs and stuff. The overall story was Interesting, and I kept reading to g
Said AlMaskery
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-novels
I really enjoyed the science fiction, very imaginative!

This was much better than the first book in the series. I really enjoyed it.
May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
A long drawn out science story the screws up at the end snd goes stupid, forgetting what a genome actually is. He spent a ling time writing all this then it looks like he couldn’t figure out how to end it, so chose something stupid. An APP?
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read “Pandemic” and “Genome”over a long weekend. Felt like myself again reading pretty much every chance I could. I hope this has broken my awful inability to read a book since the coronavirus news began. I can’t believe it’s mid June and I’ve only read about five books this year. Seems impossible, but no more impossible than the fact of this worldwide epidemic, crazy leaders in our government, protests in the streets every weekend, unemployment at record levels, murder hornets and killer toad ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Only 3 stars for me, although I do think it was quite a fitting end to the story. There were big parts of the book that dealt with the memories of Desmond and it all got repetitive and way too wordy. Just a lot of unnecessary details and it just bored me somewhat. What A.G Riddle does best is action and when the story stays in the present it's easy to get swept away in it as it just flows so well. Unfortunately a big part of the first half of the book at least were just Desmond recovering his me ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5ish stars? The whole book can be summed up as follows:

“Will you tell us what the Looking Glass is?”
“We simply don’t have time. It’ll change humanity!”
“Yes but can we just make some time right now? Give me a lil hint.”
“You’re asking the wrong question, and we don’t have time, and it’s simply too grand to explain.”
“Okay I really want to know though.”
“Yes yes, in time. At the very end. Oh and it’s probably basically totally the same thing as it was in the other series I wrote.”

Mari (Smut Duchess)
3.25 - 3.5 ⭐

I did a quick re-read / listen of Pandemic (The Extinction Files #1) by A.G. Riddle then moved on the audio book of Genome (The Extinction Files #2) by A.G. Riddle . It wasn't a bad story and the narration is excellent. I did get a bit frustrated that the plot was more like a video game. Complete a task and get a prize. In this case the prize was a small nugget of info that amounted to nothing more than another clue. I was hoping for more depth to The Looking Glass instead of another book where the characters criss-cross the globe following cryptic clues while narrowly e
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, 2019
This was an entertaining story, it keeps you hooked even with all the frustration that comes with not getting any answers.

However, If you are waiting for a massive discovery for the grand finale, you will be dissapointed.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW! What a ride! The action never stops and the questions keep coming, right up to the very last page. Well written, full of science that seems like its just around the corner.
Alaa Ahmed
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I will tell you about the looking glass. Never.

The following is my honest review of this book and may contain minor spoilers.
The premise of this book (and the former) is really good and provides a fresh plot. I like Riddle's writing in general. However...
It felt like the writer was trying to over explain and over rationalize every detail. While I do appreciate the mostly accurate science, it felt at many spots the story was dragging too much.
I also felt, given the size of each book that the endi
Larry Hamilton
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very thought provoking, fast paced science fiction thriller dealing with the history of mankind, human genome and a global conspiracy. At times the story got confusing as it switched between different characters and timelines, in addition to the science fiction that for me was a lot to fully comprehend.
This review addresses the series, The Extinction Files, which at this writing consists of two, full-length, novels. Briefly, Pandemic is … well … just that. A worldwide breakout of a global pandemic begins with an outbreak in Kenya. Daily, we go from hundreds, to thousands, to millions, to billions of people either infected or dead. Book 2, Genome, involves the same bunch of bad guys who will pull the trigger releasing deadly nanos in the bloodstreams of everyone vaccinated from the original pan ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The thrilling conclusion to the “Extinction Files”, “Genome” blends a global conspiracy, history of mankind and the human genetic code into a fast-paced and action-packed plot that opens with the capture of Desmond Hughes and Connor McLain’s struggle to resurrect his brother’s memory to find the last piece to the Looking Glass as well as Peyton and Lim Shaw’s search for the mysterious code buried in the humane genome that began with Dr. Paul Kraus’s research.

With twists and turns as civilization
Trigger warnings: violence, gun violence, death of a loved one, fire (in the past), serious physical injury. Probably other stuff too, but I read most of this on a 10.25pm flight from Krakow to London/on a 12.30am bus from Stanstead to King's Cross/in bed at 2.45am because I ONLY HAVE 20 MINUTES LEFT DAMMIT, so it's entirely possible that I missed stuff...

So here's the thing: I enjoyed Pandemic. But I also had very little desire to actually pick up this book. But then it was a Kindle deal of th
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-library
First time reading this author but it won’t be the last. Genome is not a standalone novel, this is the second book of the Extinction File series, the first one being Pandemic. I recommend the series, though I was a bit disappointed about the Looking Glass concept. Unfortunately, in this last book the descriptions and passages regarding genetics/evolution are scarce, although the scientific part of the novel is accurate and well documented. In the end I can say that it was a fun read and exciting ...more
Christine Bishop
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book!!

Genome is the second and final book in The Extinction Files. The book begins with Desmond waking up and realizing that Connor and Yuri have captured him again and that escape seems unlikely. Peyton and her mother Lin are in the Arctic recovering the lost information from the Beagle.
Like all of A. G. Riddle’s book, Genome is filled wonderful character development, great world building, and an amazing storyline. Great job Mr. Riddle!!
angela reed
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

My mind is a bit blown. I usually get lost in the technical verbiage of books like this one but this book is almost entirely about math and science and coding without being beyond my understanding. The idea for this book was beyond where my thoughts would ever take me but I truly enjoyed the ride
Rishabh Natarajan
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

The book is about an existential topic that is quite widely tackled in some TV shows and movies. The pacing was quick but the ending was somewhat abrupt.

Like other AG Riddle series, this Genome series also moves fast and the scope of the books expands very rapidly, sometimes leaving the reader wondering where he/she is being led and what the true intention of the material is.

All-in-all a good read but could've been treated with a little more care.
Shane Hughes
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Really enjoyed this 2-book series. Lots of very cool big ideas. Many 'interesting' surprises along the way too that left me pondering. And so many ultra-freaky coincidences, given this current COVID-19 pandemic. This guy knows things, without any doubt. One of my fav authors currently.
Jacqueline Byers
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking end to the Extinction files series. Wow! What an amazing author and books. Can't wait to read more books by this intelligent, creative, though provoking author.
Tyler Thomas
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting concept again. Brought the series to a fairly satisfactory conclusion and so the read was worthwhile. i find the ideas behind this series interesting enough to read some of his other books. Will look at his first series and see what that is like. The science was interesting.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Been Waiting For This Book For Months..Great, Out Of This World Ideas And Awesome Plot..Want More Sequels But Their Won’t Be Another One ;(... Really Loved It And Definitely Recommend All Books By A.G. Riddle Great Author
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A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion: writing fiction.

His debut novel, The Atlantis Gene, is the first book in The Origin Mystery, the trilogy that has sold a million copies in the US, is being translated into 19 languages, and is in development at CBS Films to be a major motion picture. The trilogy will be in bookstores (in hardcover a

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