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Da Vinci’s secret pales. Michelangelo concealed an explosive truth in his famous Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. Everything we have been taught about Eve is wrong—she didn’t cause the fall of man. Instead, Eve carried a far more devastating secret for millennia; one that will change the world forever. 


As the modern-day world suffers the cataclysmic effects of the “Plagues of Egypt”, Avery Fitzgerald, a statuesque Astrophysics major at Stanford, discovers that she is mysteriously bound to five strangers by an extremely rare condition that foremost medical experts cannot explain. Thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they race against time to stay alive as they are pursued by an age-old adversary and the world around them collapses into annihilation.

 Under sacred oath, The Guardians—a far more archaic and enigmatic secret society than the Freemasons, Templars, and the Priory—protect Avery as she embarks on a daring quest that only legends of old have been on before. Avery must come to terms with the shocking realization that the blood of an ancient queen flows through her veins and that the fate of the world now rests on her shoulders.

The Thirteenth Guardian is Book One of a daring new Trilogy that will shake you to your core.

405 pages, ebook

Published June 11, 2019

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K.M. Lewis

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506 reviews97 followers
May 20, 2019
I received a copy of this book via BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.

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Content Warning: Death and destruction (by natural disasters)

”Could the true story of the Garden of Eden be completely different from what we have been taught? Did Michelangelo conceal the same ancient knowledge in his Sistine Chapel painting? That something happened, causing Adam to lose his knowledge, and Eve is desperately trying to get him to regain his memory. That truth would have completely changed the world.”

Welcome to The Da Vinci Code 2.0! [Book:The Thirteenth Guardian] is an apocalyptic action-packed ride from start to finish! If one were to combine the plagues on Egypt from Exodus in The Holy Bible, The Da Vinci Code, and sprinkled in an essence of The War of the Worlds, they would get this book.

Life on Earth rapidly declines as a series of natural disasters whip across the continents. Waters rise, cities disappear, and gaping fissures appear in the Earth’s surface. People from all over the world are affected, and quickly learn that things are only going to get worse. The Thirteenth Guardian is incredibly detailed and immersive. There is no time wasted as the plot speeds forward from page one. The story is told from the perspective of several different characters, all experiencing the natural phenomena as they happen. Each character eventually have important roles in the events to come.

There is so much going on and information in this book that it felt like I was constantly being pushed through the story by a tidal wave, and not allowed a moment to sink into the depths of the story. I think a lot of what is included here--the very technical aspects, in particular--are well done. With all this technicality, there isn’t much time spent with the characters. The reader is told how they are, but never gets a chance to walk with them and learn who they are. I wanted to see examples of their personalities and growth throughout, and not be told who they are. Moreover, these characters aren’t very realistic. Everyone is attractive, very successful, and seem to be the perfect human specimens (ironically as that is).
She tried to ignore the fact that his rugged good looks gave her goosebumps.

I mean, it’s fine if someone is attractive. But...it makes it difficult to relate as the reader when the characters are all the “best” in every sense of the word. Personally, there wasn’t a single character that I really cared about, which made it a tough read.
They turned to superstition and religious texts that prophesied signs in the sky and the destruction of the Earth in the last days.
But despite what group most people fell into, it simply did not feel real. In their hearts, most people were scared by what they saw in the sky, but also felt like it could not possibly be “the end”--a sort of mass cognitive dissonance. As terrifying as it was, it was too big to comprehend, so most chose to keep living as normal a life as they could, ignoring the feeling of hopeless despair that would not escape them.

Here comes my biggest qualm with this book: it’s goal is to debunk faith and religion. So, I’m not letting this affect my overall rating of this book, because it is a work of fiction. I think if I were to take this book literally, then it’d be the worst possible rating I could give, as it tries to undermine the validity and importance religion--specifically Christianity--has in the world today. Not to mention, the importance it has to millions, if not billions of individuals. As a Christian, it’s infuriating to read a book that tries to do this sort of thing and give it a skewed name. However, as I stated before, this is fiction--imagination at play. I’m not here to just rant about this, soI’ll set this argument aside for the most part. A point that aligns with this idea of religion that does need addressing is the idea of morality. In a situation like this where there is essentially no such thing as religion, where, praytell me, do morals stem from? It could be so simple for these characters to tip the scales to the negative and use it for their purpose and advantage (as some have in the past) solely.

It’s hard to foresee where this story will go as it will eventually be a trilogy. As things like time travel and exploration of other worlds has been referenced, the options are literally endless. I think the idea behind this story is creative, and definitely took a lot of time to cultivate.

Vulgarity: Minimal.
Sexual content: None.
Violence: In concept, yes, as the entire Earth is effected by the disasters in this book. Nothing is explicitly described though.

My Rating: ★★★

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5,931 reviews216 followers
September 10, 2019
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like The Thirteenth Guardian but I just couldn't get into it. I would rather watch all the Da Vinci movies ever made than re-read this. If I'm being honest, I was really disappointed with this because the synopsis sounded amazing and I was intrigued. Yet, when I dove into this book I was instantly bored and constantly getting distracted by every little thing outside of the book.

I don't really want to dive into what characters you meet in this book because nothing really happens to them or for them. I feel like this whole story followed everyone else besides the main characters which was very confusing to my tired brain. Then after meeting everyone, I was just kind of done with the book.

In the end, the ending (lol) was sort of it's saving grace. It was a lot more interesting than 90% of this book.



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582 reviews22 followers
September 3, 2019
1.5 stars just because the ending was interesting.
With all honesty, the sypnosis sounded more interesting than the whole book.

Now, when my reviews are realllly long, it means that I hated what I've read and nitpicked over everything that I disliked.

So, this was an interesting premise but the execution was horrible. The inspiration from the myths and religions with the author's twist was great (which is mostly mentioned in the end though) but it still wasn't enough. I'm honestly so disappointed. The story is written from a hundred POV and they're mostly the minor characters! Besides all the destruction that happened and the traveling to Austria the main characters had to do, nothing happens! The whole reveal in the last 30 pages was great but besides that, I disliked almost everything.
It was boring more than half the time and it took me so long to finish.

The writing style is simple enough but I hated the third POV because every character's thoughts are mashed sometimes in the same paragraphs. What I didn't like either is sometimes it would switch to the second POV. Moreover, 75% of the book is in the POV of the minor characters! Out of the 25%, Avery, who's supposed to be the main MAIN character, appears for like 5% while the twins and Kaliya even to 2%. (Its a bit of an exaggeration but they do appear very little except at the end). The book is mostly focused on Remi and especially Eli. The twins were never even introduced compared to the other characters until the call (which was 100 pages in).

I hated most characters that were introduced. All characters are super beautiful and they know it and complains about the attention they get! Ugh who would want to read that kind of narcissism!? I want to read plot and well developed characters with personalities, not every minor characters fawning over them and their beauty every single meeting. Not only that, but they are always the smartest person in the room. The humor was so dry and unfunny.

So much minor characters are used just for the progression of the plot. The author could have easily done that with the main characters to let us get to know them more and used it to develop them. I definitely didn't need to read a whole chapter about what procedures are taken whenever the president takes one step outside his office. Since everyone is dead in the end, that's the only time where the main characters lead the story.

Out of all the countries in the world, the author only mentioned the Middle East once and never again while he described the destruction in every continent in full details across the spans of many pages.

We are only 50 pages in and the author himself already jumbled up the names. Instead of Remi, he wrote Eli.

Overall, I won't bother myself with the series anymore. 300 pages and nothing much happens plot wise. The whole book was just describing all the disasters that were happening and the main characters trying to get to Austria while everybody else died and everything is destroyed. That's it! Nothing else happens! I refuse to waste my time any further and it's supposed to be a trilogy. The direction as to where it's heading seems really interesting but when I think about the writing style, I'm like nope!

Thank you BookSirens for providing me with the digital copy for an honest review.



I'm gonna complain about the ending, so spoilerssss. But you can definitely read it so to not waste your time.








So how did the story end? Everything is destroyed and everyone is dead besides a lucky few and the main characters. The world has reverted back to the Stone Ages since all man-made structures were destroyed including technology. The "lore," which was about how every 4 thousand years, the same destruction happens and everyone's memory is wiped clean and are mentally like babies, was really interesting but it definitely can't make the whole book great and carry the whole series.

So since everyone's memory of everything is wiped away, the main characters has to re-teach it to everyone else. They plan to do this by traveling back in time. I like where it's heading but no thanks!
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35 reviews4 followers
September 17, 2019
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I really loved the premise of the book - an impending apocalypse, biblical lore, conspiracies, a cast of strangers who find themselves connected in a way they never could have predicted. As an avid consumer of Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series, this book should be perfectly suited to my tastes, however, there were a few things about The Thirteenth Guardian that prevented it from being a 4-star read for me.

My main issue is how the story is written. It just really wasn't my cup of tea. I felt the pace was too fast - I like an action-packed story as much as the next person, but I don't want to feel rushed. There was also much more TELLING, rather than SHOWING. From feelings to setting descriptions, it was all so straightforward and blunt, which did not help to bring either the characters or the story to life, and ultimately made it hard for me to fully immerse myself into the story. The cast of characters, while all interesting and unique in their own way, did not really strike a chord with me. I really found it hard to connect with them, and I think that mostly had to do with how unrealistic I found them and their reactions to be. They were either crazy attractive, crazy smart, crazy wealthy, or all of the above. And even though the main crew was comprised of adults, there was something about them that made them seem very... young. I get that this is all fictional, but sometimes I couldn't help but think: "Did an adult really just say/think that?".

Despite these issues - which are, of course, subjective - The Thirteenth Guardian was a fun read. It is a very interesting story with a lot of action, cool characters, and many a biblical conspiracy (which are always entertaining to read). There were so many layers, so many characters, and so many things going on, that you can really tell that the author put a lot of work into researching and planning this story. If you like Dan Brown's work or enjoy reading urban fantasy and apocalyptic science fiction, then give The Thirteenth Guardian a try.
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392 reviews265 followers
July 2, 2019
i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.

this book was mindblowing.



i’m catholic, and even though my family isn’t super religious, i was sent to sunday school as a child to learn about the ten commandments and stories in the bible, such as moses leading the israelites out of egypt, and my presonal favorite – noah sailing away in an ark with his family and a bunch of animals when it rained for forty days and forty nights.

these stories are etched deep into my brain and this book somehow linked them up together and gave them a deeper meaning. it was like having severe short sightedness all your life and suddenly getting glasses which gave you clear, but wonky vision. the author’s an incredible storyteller – he takes timeless tales like these and turns them into a whole new kind of thing with his imagination. and it’s truly amazing that he planned it all out flawlessly. i will never look at these bible stories the same way again.

i also liked how the main characters all came from different parts of the world. there’s one from japan, another originally from croatia, two americans, and two of puerto rican descent. the first few chapters in this book are about their lives in separate cities when apocalyptic events started happening, and i enjoyed reading about their lives in different parts of the world.

sadly, i couldn’t really relate to any of the main characters. perhaps it’s because they’re much older than me? or maybe they’re just way too boring. avery is often referred to as a “humorous” young woman, but i don’t find her hilarious at all, and sometimes her cheeriness seems a bit forced and fake. it’s hard to stay positive when the world is falling apart around you, but still.

moreover, although the six main characters are from all over the world, i can’t help but notice that they’re all somehow american – either full american, half american or having worked in america at some point in their lives. and i don’t know, it just feels a bit weird that the only six people who survive the apocalypse are all kind of american. it’d be so much better if the final six were more diverse!

we remember religion. we remember airplanes can fly; electricity, the internet, and computers. we remember the united states’ declaration of independence. the olympics. the evils of the holocaust and slavery. we remember mother teresa, nelson mandela. we have the rich history of our old world in our minds.

to sum up my thoughts, i found the world building and storytelling very impressive, but was disappointed by how bland and lacking in diversity the main characters are. i’m looking forward to seeing the survivors rebuild the world in the next two books in the trilogy 😀

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1,523 reviews74 followers
April 6, 2019
The Thirteenth Guardian is an okay read. I found the number of characters too overwhelming to keep track of. I also disliked the characterization overall. It's kind of ridiculous how perfect and capable every character is. It's sophomoric and cliche, and I struggled through this one. The story premise is interesting but presented in a way I found unappealing. Other readers with different interests and expectations will enjoy the book, but it's not for me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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621 reviews11 followers
June 12, 2019
Imagine, one day is just as normal as the last. A few days go by, and then an earthquake of a 9.9 magnitude occurs. Your country has never experienced such a catastrophe. Next, a tsunami, wiping out all of the east coast of the United States... New York, Boston, Pennsylvania, Florida... all underwater at the bottom of the Atlantic. Horrific natural disasters are happening all over the world in degrees undreamt of. One of the things each of these events have in common is people hear trumpets coming from the sky. The main thing each event has in common is the book of Revelations from the Bible. K.M. Lewis has brought the apocalypse of the Bible to life in The Thirteenth Guardian, but there's a huge secret, and it's a good one, quite the doozy.

There are six people all over the world who believe they are just ordinary people. Avery, Eli, Kaliya, Remi, and the twins, Carmen and Toni are all special. They don't have special powers, but they possess what it would take to re-establish humanity and build the world to be what it should be. They just need to make it to Austria. There, they will learn about a secret society that has protected the knowledge of humanity, but just like all things, there must be balance. Because there is good, there must be evil. There is another secret society that wants to keep the six from making it to Austria. If Avery and the rest make it there, all hope is lost for their cause. The differences between the two secret societies are interesting. Both have powerful people in places and they both think what they are doing is to the betterment of humanity. The main difference, the secret society Eli and group are making their way to are called The Guardian. There are three guardians and they are women, have always been women, and will always be women. The guardianship is hereditary and past on throughout several generations since the beginning of time. This is bound to be a story that will keep you glued to your book/kindle. 

The description of the book only mentions Avery, which I thought was interesting, but you have to get through about six percent of the book before you meet Avery. You meet Eli first and you get to know a little bit about him and wonder if you're reading the right book. This had a The Da Vinci Code vibe to it, which I enjoyed. You get to know a bit about the six throughout their travels to Austria with each day bringing a new and even more horrific event than the day before. While each person brings something to the table in a way that will help humanity, I think Remi will be an interesting character to keep an eye on. He makes a comment towards the end of the book and I think it would be interesting to see where the author takes that character. 

I don't think you have to know the Bible to the book of Revelations, but this book could help with that. I thought this book was captivating and I finished the book in one sitting. It looks to be a part of a series, maybe even a trilogy. I'm excited to see where this goes!
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1,964 reviews85 followers
June 5, 2019
I received a copy from BookSirens, in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you K.M. Lewis for giving me the opportunity to read your book. This was an alright read. I thought the story was good. It had action and suspense, but I found it a bit boring. The characters were okay. I did not love them or dislike them. They were not that relatable to me, so I had a difficult time connecting with them. I thought that the ending was okay. I hope to continue to read more books by K.M. Lewis. Overall, an okay read.
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470 reviews29 followers
September 13, 2019
** EDIT: I was going back through my books for the year, and I can't stand by my original rating of two stars. The experience of reading this book was bad. I honestly have no positive memories of this book. I would have DNFed it if it weren't an ARC. All of those things put together should equal a one-star rating, but I think I went with two because this is one of the first ARCs I was approved for, and I was so excited about the experience that I tended to rate ARCs higher than I probably would have if I'd picked them up in the store. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming :) **

Alright friends, let's jump into it. Based on the other reviews of this book and the summary, I thought I would really like it. And I stand by my early analysis that it's a fascinating premise that has a lot of promise. The problem, though, is in the execution. I'm gonna be completely honest here, it took a lot of willpower for me to get through this book. I definitely skimmed through pretty significant chunks of it.

The Thirteenth Guardian is first and foremost a survival apocalypse book, about a group of people working to survive a series of increasingly devastating natural disasters. And yes, it features secret societies and conspiracies and all that delicious goodness. However, I couldn't enjoy those things, because, in my opinion, this book failed in a couple other, more important areas.

1) Main characters. The Thirteenth Guardian follows (mostly) six main characters as they try to survive. However, my beef with literally all of the characters is that they are the kind of characters I wrote as a sixth grader: obnoxiously perfect, good at everything, and extremely unrelatable. Avery is a) extremely beautiful b) a star basketball player and c) Very Smart and studying astrophysics at Stanford. This is just one example, but it tracks for all the rest of our characters. Because of this, I disliked them from the beginning and was never able to root for them or feel invested in their stories. My emotions towards them ranged from apathy to pure hatred, but if there isn't a single character I like, you can bet I won't like the book. (Remi in particular...oof. Talk about unlikable.)

2) Side characters / POVs. If you thought to yourself, "Six main characters? Sounds like kind of a lot" then you have another thing coming. This book switched POVs like nobody's business (like...usually several times each chapter) and added new ones constantly. I believe the author was going for a vignette sort of feel, but for me, every time a new POV was introduced, I rolled my eyes and gritted my teeth. Each POV, no matter how inconsequential, got a backstory which took up entirely too much time. I was bored and even more disinterested in these brief side characters than I was in our main six.

3) Writing style. The last thing that really took me out of this book and made me struggle through it was the writing style. Normally, I wouldn't criticize an author for their writing, but in this book, it negatively impacted my reading experience in a big way. The author seemed to avoid contractions like the plague, which led to unnatural feeling dialogue. It was deadpan to a fault, and in the beginning, in particular, I just felt like I was reading a math textbook or something. There was also a lot of repetition that felt like the author didn't trust the reader to make even the smallest of leaps (a la "'Wow,' he said with shock. He did not expect the other man to know this." Not a direct quote but this was the vibe). I resorted to the skimming because reading every word made me want to smash my face into a wall.

I gave this book two stars because the actual action was pretty good, and I still think the premise has promise. It was a good idea, but man, the execution. I can't recommend this book.

ARC provided via NetGalley
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Author 24 books229 followers
April 29, 2019
I obtained an early ARC copy of this novel through NetGalley, and I freely agreed to review it. This has in no way influenced my opinion.
I had a look at the early reviews of this book, whose description intrigued me, and this is one of those cases where I mostly agree with both, the positive and the negative things that I’ve read about it.
This is a book about the Apocalypse with capital letters, and rather than just narrate the adventures of a group of survivors after the event, we get a fairly detailed description of what happens, and how a group of people, six young people in this case, are selected and brought together with a mission. We don’t get to know the exact mission until the very end of the book, although we are introduced to the characters and their lives (some in more detail than others) from the very beginning. There is no evident connection between them when we meet them, but things are not as they seem.
Although I didn’t recall that detail when I started reading, I soon realised that this book had much in common with YA books. The collection of characters, as many reviewers have observed, are all extraordinary in many ways. They all seem to be fairly well-off, beautiful, intelligent, and, as has been noted, not very diverse. Also, despite being quite young, they have achieved incredible things already. We have a character who is left in charge of restoring a unique artefact by himself, even if he’s only newly arrived in the Vatican and has no previous experience; we have twin sisters who at sixteen are old hands at working with charities all over the world and setting up new projects; we have a young political aide who ends up locked up in a bunker with the president of the USA… Although those characteristics stretch the imagination, they are not uncommon in the YA genre. It is true, though, that it does not make for characters that are easy to identify with or immediately sympathetic. They are, perhaps, too good to be true.
I found the style of writing somewhat distant. There is a fair amount of telling rather than showing, not uncommon when trying to offer information about events at a large scale (the events that occur in the whole of the planet are described rather dispassionately, no matter how many millions of people are destroyed), and although some of the scientific background sounds plausible (I’m no expert, though, so don’t take my word for it), there is a twist at the end that makes it all go into the realm of fantasy rather than science fiction, and I’ve noticed I am not the only one puzzled by that turn of events. Some readers have complained also about the changes in point of view, especially when some characters appear briefly never to be seen again and are also given their moment under the limelight, and I think some readers will find this disconcerting.
I enjoyed the background information and some of the theories proposing new readings of documents, cultural artefacts, works of art, the Bible, etc., which came towards the end of the novel. I also particularly enjoyed the fact that the Guardians are all women and the explanation for the matrilineal handing of the tradition and the role was quite enjoyable. The fact that the six people were chosen because of characteristics that had made them outsiders most of their lives (headaches, stammering, difficult births…) and how those seeming weaknesses turned into strengths was something that I thought worked well and provided a positive message at the heart of the story.
For me, this novel reads like a long introduction, and although there is plenty of action and events that take place during it (in fact, life in the world as we know it comes to an end and a new order of things is established. It does not get much bigger than that), it feels like the prelude to the true story that is to come later, and the bit of explanation we are offered about how these characters relate to the overall story comes at the very end. The book ends where many others would have started and, personally, I wonder if this would have worked better as a prequel to the actual series. Of course, I don’t know what is to follow, so this is all just wild speculation on my part.
A set up that touches on many different topics readers might be interested in (conspiracy theories, a group of survivors after the apocalypse, religion, old documents, mythology, ancient civilizations, science-fiction, fantasy, dystopia…), with many possibilities for further development, that could benefit from developing the characters and their personalities further.

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371 reviews856 followers
March 11, 2019
3.5-3.75/5 stars.

*I received an eARC through NetGalley but all opinions are my own*

oh man, oh man when I read the description of this I IMMEDIATELY sat down and read it. I am fascinated by the mythology of religion and there is just NOT enough biblical lore in books and the thirteenth guardian just made me realize how much I want that void filled.

so since there aren’t any reviews for this I wanna try to be thorough with my review but I’m a delinquent so pardon my in-eloquentness.

plot:
we follow a cast of characters as the world faces the “plagues of egypt” which is just a whole lot of catastrophic events that basically kills everyone on earth. our main characters are six individuals who are to be protected at all cost as they have a certain genetic code that makes them super important.

alright so first lemme tell you why this wasn’t a 5 star book because that’s the real tea that’s important here.

FIRST, and most importantly is the diversity SUCKED ASS. for a book to be published in 2019 and only three of the ONE IN SIX BILLION PEOPLE to have this gene weren’t white is unacceptable. every character was white minus a half-japanese/half-white female and half-white/half-cuban twins. on top of that, every one lived in a western country and was FILTHY rich. I’m not sure where lewis was going with it but she made SO many references to how wealthy someone was, the designer clothes they wore, the tech thy had, etc etc. this spills into minor characters that just show up during the book as well; everyone was white, and everyone was rich. it was reallllyyyyyy annoying and just unrealistic. I cannot express how much more interesting it would have been to see the perspectives from someone in kenya, india, argentina, etc as they experience the apocalypse. very disappointing and shame on lewis for this. there’s really no excuse for this behavior in 2019, no ma’am.

SECOND, the pacing wasn’t the best. I was hooked during the first 40% however, 40-65% really dragged on. it was all just travel travel travel and I felt like I was watching an apocalyptic fellowship of the ring (which now that I say that does sound pretty badass,, moving on). it was really slow but there was a ton of action so it could have been worse. also lewis REALLY wants you to read till the very end until she gives you ANY information which left me both frustrated and gripping at my chair. I just wish we got a litttttllleee but more backstory and character development mixed with some more foreshadowing to make the ending more satisfying.

now onto why I enjoyed the book.

SECRET SOCIETIES YALL !! S E C R E T S O C I E T I E S !!! this is a trope that IS NOT used enough and I am TIRED of it. and this book isn’t about just any secret society but A SECRET SOCIETY RAN BY WOMEN,, YOU HEARD ME RIGHT.

and again,, biblical lore is BANGIN. so many references to exodus and egypt and so many ancient civilizations that had my history-loving heart BURST.

also the prologue already got me with experts from the edda and hesiod BIG YEA BOI HOURS

wrap up the thoughts:

the lack of diversity sucks and is inexcusable. I even though about giving it just a 2.5-3 stars because of it. but the concept was so gripping that I have hopes for the rest of this series. this is more of an introduction to the story as the last 15-20% is really where all the revelations/relevant stuff happens but it was definitely worth it. I would recommend this to anyone who likes national treasure/secret societies/religious myths because it was a quick and fun read through and through.
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37 reviews3 followers
September 11, 2019
This was... Disappointing.

I am a sucker for apocalyptic stories and I love a good twist on mythological tales, so I really wanted to enjoy this book and I tried to do so... It just wasn’t possible.

Starting with the characters: not a single one of them is well developed (or at all developed, in fact). None of them even seem human. They are all the most beautiful and most intelligent and the best at everything they do and have no flaws whatsoever. And they are all inexplicably successful at like 20? For some reason, the recently graduated Remi is considered essential to the functioning of the government... Even though his rich mom was the one who got him the job and he had been working there for a few weeks at most. Eli is still in college, if I remember correctly, and just started his summer job at the Vatican... But he is the one chosen to handle the preservation of the most precious artifact that the Church has wanted for centuries.

And, good God, all the female characters are gorgeous. We get it. No need to keep going on and on about how the curvy Latinas (and this pretty much how they are described) get all this attention from boys at their high school. And, also, I found it more than a little problematic that the daughter of a Japanese woman and an Australian man took after her father (because of course she did) and had an Eurocentric type of beauty... But she went to school in Japan and there she was considered THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN EVER AND ALL HER FEMALE CLASSMATES HATED HER BECAUSE SHE WAS SO PRETTY AND THEY WERE SO JEALOUS... I couldn’t find this information, but if I had to guess this was definitely written by a white male (and if not... What are you doing??).

Plot-wise it was... Okay. The mysteries were all predictable and I had lots of issues with the execution to be honest. Like when they are finding out they are special and what makes them believe that they are being told the truth is that the person talking to them knows some symptoms they’ve experienced throughout their lives (and that had not been mentioned before so no build up there)... And the super rare symptoms were... stuttering... and headaches... and that’s it. So uncommon.

Also, the whole world was ending and there was no emotion to it whatsoever. The characters barely react to it. Well, we are told they are “overcome with despair” a few times, but do we ever see them truly cry and scream and get desperate? Nope. Even when Remi’s girlfriend dies, the only thing he asks is “Can we do something about it?” and when the answer is “no” HE DROPS IT AND NEVER MENTIONS IT AGAIN. A few days later he was flirting with Avery — who lost her DOG and we’re only told she was upset about it for a few minutes.

It’s worth mentioning that, though the book tries to give a scientific explanation for things... It fails. Badly. None of these explanations make sense. For instance, if the world suddenly stopped spinning, it wouldn’t be just the oceans and the air that would keep on going: we (and everything else in the surface of Earth) would be violently affected by it. We would be thrown off the planet. Newton has some interesting thoughts on inertia, maybe look it up.

I received this copy for free from Booksirens in exchange for an honest review.
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265 reviews
March 26, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Solid 3.5 stars.
Woah okay hold on, I have very mixed feelings about this. At first I was annoyed about how preachy everything was and I truly believed it would become a fully-fledged christian-lit which I am not into because I am not religious in the slightest and get aggravated when it drags on.
But... It all pulled together and turned out not to be religious. I think?
Although the inaccuracy of the science ground my nerves, I was able to accept that this is fiction and science doesn't actually have to be real (the whole mind-wipe neuroscience bit did lead to the docking of a few points though because I find it hard to accept inaccuracies in my field of study even if I know it's fiction, and I HATE to be that person but I really can't help it).
The main six characters were all way too perfect to be believable which some people may not like but I didn't mind.
I liked that we actually saw the apocalypse going down (unlike most books where we just see the aftermath) and we were told exactly why it was happening before the end of book one.
Oh, also another thing that lead to me docking some points, was that I think the author considers the USA to be way more important than it actually is? Like when shit was getting real grim it's said that everyone (and I mean it's said that everyone in the world) turned to the president of the US for reassurance instead of their own leaders. There was also a lot of "the US is the most advanced country in the world" (um okay) and "the world will only survive the apocalypse if the US is there to guide them through it" and all that american-centric crap that I (and I'm sure many non-americans just have to roll their eyes at).
Also, now that I think about it, what happened to the main antagonists? They hit one of their marks and then they're done? I don't know it just seemed like Lewis may not have been fully committed to writing them in to the story apart from a few mentions.
Overall, yeah I enjoyed it and I'd pick up the sequel.
Solid 3.5 stars.
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322 reviews26 followers
June 2, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an advanced eBook copy of this title.

In the Thirteenth Guardian, we meet a multitude of characters and see many fates be sealed. The world is changing and the chosen few are coming together to find a way to save the world from mass annihilation, along with the people put in their paths to ensure they are able to meet.

There are great pieces in this story, but they are few and far between. The story takes much too long to progress and by the time we get to the "meat and potatoes" of the story it ends within 10 pages. I think the author could have cut some of the drawn out and repetitive pieces to make room for more storyline. We saw the same cataclysmic events happening across the globe over and over again instead of progressing with the characters. The earth itself becomes a character in this story, but it takes too much page time and overshadows the main 6 that we follow to save it. So much so that once the true plot is explained to set up for the next book, its too far fetched to buy. It didn't sell me as much as it could have if the author had let us in to that piece of the story earlier. The characters were also terribly hard for me to bond with as I spent so much time jumping from person to person that I actually had to stop and think about who was who before continuing in their point of view. I kept asking myself, "So who is on this plane again? How did they get to know each other? What was the point of the conflicting forces?"

The author tries to create a villain on earth as well as around earth and I feel like she could have given half of the page time to the earthbound villains as she did the celestial one. It would have made it seem tied to the story rather than just an afterthought. I don't know if I'm actually invested enough to give the author another 300+ pages for a sequel. Cool ending concept, but it left a bad taste in my mouth as I don't really care for the characters about to embark on this journey.
1 review1 follower
March 13, 2019
I sat down to read a few chapters before I called it a night but next thing I knew, It was 3:00am and I'd finished the entire book! It was PHENOMENAL. I absolutely loved how seamlessly Lewis incorporated the mythological aspects of religion and the allure of secret societies with actual history, all the while keeping the story riveting as ever. Lewis' writing made everything sound so plausible, so eerily familiar that I kept looking out the window, waiting for all hell to break loose at any moment.

The only qualms I have with The Thirteenth Guardian and the reason I decided to give it 4 stars instead of 5, was the shocking lack of diversity I encountered. It's 2019 folks; there's no reason not to include diversity in a book. It also muddles the story line, because if six people are all that's left of the human race, moving forward are all people going to be completely white, partly Asian or somewhat Cuban? Do I appreciate the innuendo? No. No, I do not.

All in all, I immensely enjoyed the concept, and was really pleased with the story's lack of plot holes (all too common nowadays). However, the characters could definitely use some more work. I didn't notice that fact well into the second half of the book, which was when the cataclysmic events started to die down. I'm hoping the characters are less vapid and carry more depth in the second book because the history and current storyline have been thoroughly established in this one.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from KM Lewis through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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Author 20 books58 followers
June 26, 2020
I downloaded this on a free kindle offer many months ago and took it up only because I was in between series to read.
The story is definitely apocalyptic / dystopian as said in the blurb.
I particularly liked the fact that there is a link to the Biblical plagues. It is quite believable that the infamous plagues, or the flood of Noah were actually near end-of-the-world events. I liked the premise that these occur from time to time. I liked how the author drew from various ancient cultures and beliefs to indicate a common thread. The author's explanation as to why mankind cannot remember their exalted past was however unexpected.
I was unable to put the book down and must admit that I read late into the night. This is a real page-turner. And, although there are many individual storylines and the POV of many characters, they all converge at the end into a wonderful whole.
The descriptions of the destruction were scary - I could just see it all playing out like a movie in my mind. To be honest, this first book would make a great disaster movie!
However, I have my doubts about the rest of the series (as yet unpublished). There is talk of time travel etc at the end of book 1 and I don't know how that would pan out. I can't see whether it would work, or if it would just be silly...
Whatever happens in the rest of the series - book 1 is a good read.
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576 reviews21 followers
June 11, 2019
"The Thirteenth Guardian" is written really well. It is for the young adult genre but it really seem like it could be for adults as well. I was really captive while reading this book. The story is really good. Yes, it does not go into the characters to much as to detail. That is okay with me given that I am thinking the events that is taking place around the world is what this book is mostly about.

It made it so real. I am not wondering if this could happen to our world in a few months. Are we getting close the the end times as it suggest in the bible. Where their will be a new world to come? The author put you into the story and start to wonder is what going to happen now. It pulls you think about our own history.

The six characters that are to go on a mission have special traits. They all have them which is the shuttering's, blinding headaches and one other thing. We get a history text that might bring the past and present and the future together. The book is worth reading. What a story. I felt like this could be real. I was left with sleepless nights.
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399 reviews532 followers
May 5, 2019
I was ecstatic upon reading the blurb and was beyond excited to get the chance to read this ARC. The Apocalypse? Secret Societies? Conspiracies? This book should have been right up my alley.

Unfortunately, the writing style is “tell, don’t show.” Furthermore, a perspective would be set up and then all of a sudden we would be receiving information that the character didn’t know. I found myself forcing myself to read further than I wanted to, in hopes that the style would improve as the book picked up, or perhaps hoping my mind would adjust to the simplistic writing style. No such luck, the execution of this book was poor, though the plot itself showed promise.
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208 reviews23 followers
April 14, 2019
I received this ARC from NetGalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book was amazing. As soon as I read the description I knew that this book was going to intrigue me and oh did it ever! The book was fascinating and held my interest throughout the whole book.

The book was really well researched, the story is so deep and makes you question a whole lot. However it clearly and really lacked diversity which is a shame.

This book is going on my favorite books shelf just because it was just that good.
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119 reviews
July 2, 2019
The Thirteenth Guardian is an apocalyptic action-packed ride from the first page. Combining symbolism and themes from Egypt, The Holy Bible, Da Vinci Code, this novel effectively combines themes of faith, and doubt into a seamlessly written package.
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91 reviews29 followers
April 18, 2019
DNF

I got about 17% through my kindle copy of this book which bought me up to chapter 4 and the book was just bringing no joy to me to read, whatsoever. The characters are bad AND badly written. The premise is interesting but it reads like an 8 year old wrote it. The dialogue is robotic and does not resemble anything like an actual conversation and the actions and reactions of the characters are ridiculous.

There was nothing in the first four chapters that made me want to carry on reading this book.
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837 reviews77 followers
June 13, 2019
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the YA Bound Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The end of days has finally come.
The Thirteenth Guardian by KM Lewis is a genuinely different approach to all the different types of dystopian books that I have read over the years. Mr. Lewis truly takes it into a new spin. Taking all the ancient stories, paintings, and all the religious teachings that we have known throughout time to wrap them up into one story. 
The Guardians
The Guardians, in The Thirteenth Guardian, are led by three women who are tasked to finding special people that will be able to help humanity. One of them is Florianne Kainzer. She is a seventy-year-old lady who has been tasked much like her mom and sister in helping to protect these people. I love this group since they are trying to help us rebuild our way of life into this new way with these six strangers. Throughout all the danger that they have gone through this group has to make sure that anyone with the specific things that they are looking for stays alive through the end of the world.
The Six Strangers
Throughout The Thirteenth Guardian, we met these six strangers. We met the first four in the first chapter and didn't meet the other two until a bit later after the first event happens. Each one is important as they have the anomalies in their blood that the Guardians are seeking. I love how we met each one and how we end up following them through these events that led them together. So far it seems like we have some romance involvements through two sets in this group of six strangers. Originally supposed to be eight but the other two were lost in the earlier tragedies of the end of the world.
The Destructors
After the first events started the Destructors, my lame name for them for the people that haven't read the book, are trying to stop this group from finding each other to help rebuild society once it is time for that to happen. Of course, they want to shape the world into what they want and not what the rest of the people want. This group is mostly led by men who need to cause violence and destruction. They continue their quest throughout the story.
The Thirteenth Guardian CRFive Stars
The Thirteenth Guardian by KM Lewis is a marvelous book told through different angles. Presenting the story this way is very interesting, especially during each cataclysmic event that happens. I loved this book a lot and giving it a five-star rating. Along with recommending it to everyone that likes Dystopian. I will definitely be reading the next book.


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63 reviews8 followers
August 29, 2019
The early pages struggles to find its groove as it drags through exposition on the characters, but it picks up once the cataclysmic chain of events start.
Lewis portrays these events with the gravity and spectacle it deserves (total "2012" vibes) - succeeding in conveying the horror and the captivating moments within an event with such abrupt pace. Lewis blends in the cinematic qualities of these spectacles with a somehow detached narrative (occasionally switching gears when we turn to a certain POV). Harrowing things happen on rapid succession without any explanation - contributing to the horror of the situation. This part, K.M. Lewis truly nails.
My main problem, though, is with the main characters and the dialogues. We only get *told* of the main characters' notable traits, and sometimes it doesn't show. Everyone treats them as exceptionally special individuals (for mindblowing and somewhat creepy reasons), but it seems all that's special about them is that they were connected by a string of coincidences - not who they are and what they know. The dialogue sometimes comes off as cheesy, and some were superfluous to a fault. I found it quite hard to believe that someone would go off to a monologue on a conference call with six other confused people without getting interrupted at all. This gets written off as "charisma" but it doesn't feel like it.
I found the revelations in this book to be quite intelligent (as much as it is horrifying), but also quite polarising. The book sets up the big good figures as a matriarchy and the villain with motives no deeper than "retaining control and power" as a patriarchy - this will definitely be a very polarising book since it practically demonises men in power (although I digress. The president of the United States and the male authority figures involved in this book is written as sympathetic characters). The set up to the string of disasters, which pull from ancient literature and religion is also set up beautifully although this ends up becoming mere exposition. Lewis quite wisely avoids reference of a *certain* Christian major figure, since their inclusion would quite hard to get into without further polarising the book.

The book ends rather abruptly and there's no clear sense of an ending when the eARC stops, so I was left quite baffled about the choice of ending. As a starter of a trilogy, I have no idea where this series will go, and not in a good way.

Since this book is quite of a mixed bag for me, I'd read the sequel to see where the story and the writing goes. But I will come with my reservations, since I almost DNFed this book. Bottom line, I loved the ideas and the cinematic pieces; not so much for the characters and certain plot points.

If you loved the Robert Langdon series and wanted higher stakes and actual epic and catastrophic scale, I'd say this might be a book for you.

I received eARC from BookSirens for an honest review
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1,990 reviews222 followers
June 13, 2019
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Thirteenth Guardian is the first book in the young adult trilogy by the same name by author K.M. Lewis. The Thirteenth Guardian is like the DaVinci Code mashed with a re occurrence of the plagues of Egypt. It is a whirlwind adventure from start to finish. I really got swept up in this book, and though there was a bit much going on at times, it was a really well done novel, and it has left me excited to continue on in the trilogy. I really need to see what is going to happen next! Be warned though, this series is about the apocalypse. There are a series of natural disasters that threaten to destroy earth, so be forewarned about that going into the series. 

In The Thirteenth Guardian, we meet a group of six strangers that find themselves inexplicably bound together. The first of the strangers that we meet is Avery, but the book is told from all of their perspectives, switching off between chapters with each of our 6 perspectives. I love reading a book told in multiple perspectives, and though six might seem like too much, K.M. Lewis made it work. It's hard for me to pick a favorite character so far. I think I will be able to pick one after I read the second book, but so far I really like the whole cast of characters. There is a bit of mary Sue (and whatever the male equivalent is to a too perfect character) but I think as the books progress, we will really do a deep dive into what makes the characters who they are. Them being so perfect didn't really bother me while I was reading, partly because there were so many other things going on in the plot for me to focus on. 

This book had some many elements that I love. There is a quest style adventure, full of secrets, secret societies and history. This is a book right up my alley and I have to say K.M. Lewis really delivered. The writing is fantastic and the plot is really intricate and interesting. At times the story may feel overwhelming because of the sheer amount going on, but just stick with it, because it all comes together, and it leaves you wanting the next book immediately. If you are a fan of secret societies throughout history and you love the adventure style of the Robert Langdon books, then the Thirteenth Guardian trilogy is going to be right up your alley. I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait for the next one in the trilogy! 

This review was originally posted on Book Briefs
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40 reviews57 followers
April 11, 2019
First off, thanks to NetGalley and KM Lewis for providing an e-book for my honest opinion!

My overall thoughts: This book has such an interesting plot! There are secret societies, a unique and refreshing POV on religious texts, myth & folk lore, and some - well seemingly not entirely scientifically accurate - cool speculations on Dooms Day/The Apocalypse. While the premise of this story is amazing - the world is ending in 13 days, and it turns out the plagues of Egypt weren't just meant to be taken as symbolism - I wish the execution and writing had been better. The characters are a bit bland with little to no unique personalities and the style of writing seemed a bit basic. 

A Deep Dive:

- The Plot: Let me just say I live for end of days stories. Especially ones that involve history, science, and mythology. If you love movies and books like The Day After Tomorrow, National Treasure, or The Di Vinci Code, you may enjoy Book 1 in this trilogy. HOWEVER, I could have done without the *time travel* - it opens up way too many plot holes, and it didn't seem necessary to an already interesting take on Adam & Eve, the plagues of Egypt, and even Atlantis. There's a lot going on, and in this case focusing on one thing would make it a lot better.

- The Characters: The story focuses on six main characters, all which have diverse and unique backgrounds, so it's a great start. BUT, there isn't much to their personalities, growth or evolution. I didn't connect with any of the characters, and I wish that I could have been rooting for at least one of them in some way shape or form.

- GIRL POWER: I loved that one of the main secret societies is run solely by women, and that the big reveal at the end of the book has a lot to do with women and their strengths and abilities as humans. It's a subtle nod to all the amazing work ladies do and the author got it right.

- The Writing: This book would have been so much better if the writing style was just a bit different. Most of the conversations are like this: "Oh no. The World is ending. Something is wrong. We must hurry.", and I really felt like there could have been so much more emotion in every aspect of this book (conversations and descriptions). The world is ending! People don't speak properly in conversation when there's panic and terror. Use more contractions, add a bit more personality to these characters, maybe throw in a curse word here and there. I wanted my heart to race each time a new "plague" was hitting, but that extra "umph" was missing.
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72 reviews2 followers
September 11, 2019
The thirteenth guardian is an interesting telling of Revelation and the world that emerges on the other side. The author has smartly diversified his group of protagonists not only ethnically, but in their areas of expertise and interest. One might criticize that this is done too well, too conveniently. Then again , this is fiction and therefore the author has license to head in whatever direction they choose to arrive at the tale and its conclusion. Since this is a planned trilogy, the reader does arrive at a conclusion, but its not the end of the tale.

There are six young people scattered around the world who are important to the survival of mankind. We meet them against the backdrop of a strange heavenly object approaching the earth and the events that follow. First, blood seems to rain from the skies in the form of an iron oxide compound that causes death. Eli, a young man from Croatia who is interning at the Vatican working with artifacts and ancient texts, can't help but notice the similarity of this event to those depicted in the Exodus. Meanwhile, Avery, a very tall and talented American college basketball player, experiences a deadly volcanic eruption as she is on a trip in South America. Almost simultaneously, an earthquake takes out the east coast of the United States, where Remi, a wealthy and talented recent Ivy league graduate is working with the Speaker of the House and finds himself headed to the Presidential bunker in West Virginia. This, along with a few other narratives is our introduction to the group of main players who are important to the survival of mankind.

The story moves back and forth between the events happening to the Earth, the journey each of the young people makes and some cryptic hints about an opposition to the continuity of life on the planet. Its a lot to take in.

While the book seemingly comes to a very neat conclusion, so much is left unanswered and unexplained. The closest I came to becoming emotionally invested in a character was with Eli, the biblical scholar. I felt cheated by not having the whole story and I just didn't develop an emotional attachment to the story. I don't think I'll be reading any sequels. While I did enjoy the story and thought it an original take on fantasy/science fiction, it just didn't compel me.
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150 reviews6 followers
May 18, 2019
I have to say that as an enjoyable story, I really liked The Thirteenth Guardian. At times I had trouble putting this book down, and I wanted to read "just one more chapter." The Biblical lore was interesting, the danger the world was in kept me reading, and the science (up until the very end) was believable. I lived in Italy for three years, and I enjoyed reading about events in Rome and the Vatican as someone who has visited there multiple times. As a story, I would give this book four stars.

However, I couldn't in good conscience give it four stars when the writing itself didn't match the caliber of the story. It would be unfair to other books I give four stars to if I gave this book four stars as well.

As an example, sometimes the dialog felt a little wooden. For example:

"Oh, no. That is horrible news, Leo."
"Yes it is."

The characters would have felt more alive if some of them had used more contractions in their speech.

Another issue I had with the writing was the head-hopping. The book was written in 3rd person point of view. Sometimes it would jump into the mind of an insignificant character. In one example, the book went from a main character's POV, to an insignificant character's POV for one paragraph (just to say how attractive she thought he was), and then back to the main character's POV. After reading that, I thought that maybe that character would be significant later, but no. The character died shortly afterwards.

The one other issue that I had with this book was the end. It looked like the book was nicely wrapped-up, and the characters were going to go into their next chapter of their life, and then they start talking about doing this impossible task that would practically need a Deus ex Machina to get done. I'm not sure if there's a sequel planned for this book or not, but if not, then that part of the book was somewhat unnecessary.

What the blurb really doesn't tell you is that this is a disaster book. Like Revelation on steroids. That might be something you're interested in knowing, because this book says that it's about a mystery (and it is) but the Earth dramatically transforms in this book as well.

Overall, I did enjoy reading this book and thought the theories inside were pretty cool.
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102 reviews5 followers
April 25, 2019
**2.5 Stars**

Tsunamis, flaming meteorites, earthquakes, and poisonous dust are only a few of the disasters that will plague Earth in the wake of a passing meteor. In a world experiencing the end of days, six strangers will be thrown together as the last few remaining survivors on Earth to rebuild society.

While I thought the premise for this novel was a creative, fresh take on the “end of civilization” biblical apocalypse, I did not feel the writing was of a quality on par with the storyline. The dialogue had a rather juvenile feel to it. Also, the pace of the story seemed at odds with itself. I enjoy a good action storyline, but the character development was very poor and hastily done. The author takes time to describe characters who end up dying just a few pages later, yet as readers we don’t really gain any insight into the thinking and motives of the main characters. One thing I found to be truly annoying was the constant reference to the amount of time a character spent doing something. For example, “The pair stared into the heavens in silence for more than five minutes.” And, “It had been eight to ten hours since daylight returned.” This continuous mention of time (seconds, minutes, hours, days) becomes repetitive and a bit obnoxious. It’s the lack of literary description and the insertion of definite blocks of time that really takes the reader out of the story world. Lastly, and I could be wrong as I’m no scientist, but some of the events seem a bit far-fetched, even for science fiction. Maybe, but a few things like that sort of exceed the realm of possibility.

So, in the end, I’d have to say my final thoughts are that this book has potential. Anyone who loves a fast-paced, dramatic action story will likely enjoy what K.M. Lewis has produced; however, for those readers who are also writers, expect many roadblocks to enjoying the book.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
1 review
March 25, 2019
SO *deep breath* - Started this book with the intention of reading a couple of chapters a day over a few weeks. O.M.G!!!! I couldn’t put it down! And now, I’m mad as heck that I’m done - I WANT MORE!!!!!

I feel like I just got off an epic rollercoaster ride that had crazy, yet believable conspiracies, awesome insights into ancient civilizations and unconventional secret societies.

Lewis did a number on me with the provocative ideas and explanations of some of the most baffling or otherwise hard to explain aspects of my personal religious belief system. I was raised a Christian and taught to believe in the Bible as the book of LITERAL Truth. Lewis connects the dots through science, other religious texts and the craziest modern day occurrences (that have been documented on youtube and in the news - Yes I checked!!), as explanations for some of the most controversial storylines in scripture. I found myself not just intrigued, but actually open to considering a wildly different, yet plausible perspective on what happened in Genesis, at the Exodus and what will happen the end of days!

My absolute favorite aspect of the book was Lewis' surprising take on who actually pulls the power strings to run the world!!!! Ive always imagined there were ‘men in black hats' somewhere influencing the outcomes of critical aspects of humanity - who would have thought that WOMEN (YAAAAAAAAS POWERFUL WOMEN) are actually in play !... So so good!

It was a page-turner from start to finish. And Lewis did an incredible job of building up to an ending, or should I say a beginning, that I did not see coming. Honestly, the book is paced and written like a movie with a surprising clincher that leaves you desperate for multiple sequels. I can't wait to learn more about the fate of the 6 - especially Avery and Kaliya. And to see the role that technology plays in the new world.

Totally worth the headache I now have from a sleepless night of binge-reading.

I would give it 6 stars if I could.

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