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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Alien Genesis is a work of fiction in the science fiction subgenre and serves as the opening installment in the Eden’s Angels series. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Gary Beene. The book follows the discovery of a longstanding if unknown encounter mankind has been having with an alien race responsible for the DNA modifications that made modern humans. As humans are produced and harvested as slave labor, a genetic mutation with the potential to upset the power balance emerges and scientist Dr. Kadeya heads to Earth to try to salvage the situation.
This is science fiction writing at its absolute best with the exploration of big philosophical ideas taking center stage supported by a deeply considered cast of characters. Author Gary Beene has done some outstanding work with the worldbuilding of this novel, creating a fascinating dynamic between humans and the Domhanians that allows for a nuanced discussion about human nature, liberty, and predestination. I was particularly engaged by the weaving of science fiction ideas amongst familiar aspects of mythology which made the story feel grounded in reality even during its more outlandish moments of science fiction. The rich tapestry that Alien Genesis weaves uses threads from all across time and space to create a nuanced and fascinating view of humankind and where we sit in the universe, looking at various aspects of our history to ask the big questions about what we mean and what our purpose might be. Overall, it is an exciting science fiction novel that tells a dynamic story with memorable characters, and I would certainly recommend this book to all and eagerly await the next in the series.