Book Review – GENESIS


4.5 Stars

Genesis is an absolute thrill ride from start to finish. With mind blowing tension and a cast of entirely unpredictable characters, this book will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

After the explosive ending to Nemesis and the fascinating concepts we’d been introduced to as readers, I had high expectations going into this book, but in all honesty Genesis blew book one out of the water. Reichs has created a sci-fi world that is so smart and just plausible enough to make this story utterly captivating. The mysterious tone of book one carries over brilliantly into book two as the characters try to understand their new reality and figure out what it will take to progress into the next phase of their reality.

Reading this book was like watching a social experiment with extremely high stakes. The character’s reactions were fascinating, relatable, and believable. There is so much fodder for book club discussion throughout this story. Book club moderators everywhere should definitely be paying attention to this one.

This story is incredibly intense. There is such a depth of emotion. You can really feel the emotional connection between the characters. While there aren’t as many romantic scenes in this book, that emotion is so raw that I actually felt the romance between Min and Noah so much more.

This book ended in a way that is completely satisfying and a great way to wrap up the duology, but it also leaves readers thinking that Reichs could write another book in this world down the road, and we would be so there for it.

About the Book



Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him–hardened him–to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough.

Trapped in a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it’s tempting to lay back and let everyone else fight it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

And In Case You Missed It…



He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

About the Author


Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.

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