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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
GeneSis starts with two paparazzi on a stake-out in hopes of getting photos of a mysterious rock star called Bayle. Bayle has disappeared from the public eye and inquiring minds want to know why. Next we are introduced to three beautiful but talented teenage misfits. Lynn, whose family is integral to the story, and her best friends, Katie and Jenn. When Jenn’s hacking exploits result in murder and an international manhunt, the plot in GeneSis takes off and the reader can only hold on for a wild ride. GeneSis by Matt Maciejewski and Nick Marcela is a great Young Adult science fiction novel. It explores that gray area where cutting-edge science, national interest, and billion-dollar profit collide. GeneSis is filled with interesting quirky characters that leap off the printed page.
Matt Maciejewski and Nick Marcela have created a well written, believable tale of the near future here. This is one of the few novels I’ve read that recognizes the ascending importance of China and how America and China will struggle for supremacy, especially in the area of research. GeneSis unfolds at a fast, but logical pace and at times it is difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys. This is just one of the things about it that keeps the reader captivated. There are a lot of Young Adult novels exploring the potential of the human genome. This is one of the best I’ve read so far. A great novel for young readers.