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I have read thousands of books in my lifetime (so far), including hundreds of young adult (YA) and dozens of post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels. And I can’t remember having read anything like GENE.SYS. The usual formula involves a story taking place after the “end of the world” when the survivors pick up the pieces or are already living in a restructured society. Not so in Aaron’s imagination.
In GENE.SYS. not only has the world not (yet) come to an end, but the end of the world and how humanity will begin again are both carefully planned by (seemingly) well-meaning mad scientist types. As the title suggests, the story is something of an adaptation of the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Atom (Adam) and Ev (Eve) are the first of twelve (think apostles) Genetic Systems (GENE.SYS.) that have been created in the Center for Genetics and Obstetric Design (G.O.D.) to serve as a sort of reboot for the human race.
There are a ton of similar veiled biblical and scientific references (Google the word ev), which are a lot of fun, but this is a novel, so for all you scholars out there don’t get your panties in a bunch if it’s not all 100% accurate.
Aaron (rock star that he his) hooked me up with only the first five chapters of GENE.SYS., so I can’t give a full-on review telling you whether to Take It or Leave It. But I can say that I am super excited to read the rest.