Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller by A.G. Riddle

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.


70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct.
We survived, but no one knows how.
Until now.
The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity may not survive this time." 

Okay, the Atlantis Gene is a thriller about the legendary Atlantis with a scientist that sounds similar to Dr. Temperance Brennan from Bones. And the Clocktower operative, David Vale/Andrew Reed have parallel characteristics with FBI Agent Seeley Booth. If you like books by Kathy Reichs like Virals or you like the tv show Bones, you'll like this book. 

The beginning of The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller is thrilling. (See what I did there?) It's exciting and interesting. I love it and I couldn't get enough of it. I kept on reading and reading until the end. It's so good and the scientific facts in the beginning are actually real (other than the Atlantis Gene theory). The Toba Catastrophe is real. Human population did indeed decrease severely at that time (70,000 years ago).   

Now we are at the ending. The ending of The Atlantis Gene is nowhere close as good as the beginning. I admit it, the beginning is as good as Divergent or The Hunger Games, but the ending? It's horrible. I feel as if the author, A.G. Riddle, rush a bit at the end. He didn't really answer our questions at the end.

Which brings us to plot holes. Yes, this eight hundred pages or so book has plot holes. Most of my questions are asking, "So how did _________ (fill in the character's name) get from point A to point B?" I hate plot holes. Anyway, the plot is pretty good although some corrections and edits will do The Atlantis Gene some good. If you are thinking about reading this book anyway, you should know that twist and turns are everywhere. 

The science in The Atlantis Gene is easily understood. It doesn't take a physics whiz to know what exactly is Kate Warner talking about. She usually explains it for the dimwitted characters, usually David Vale. 

If you are sensitive about characters dying, don't read it. A lot of people die in The Atlantis Gene, mostly in the end. 


One Complaint about Characters: Too many characters! I couldn't keep track of them all. It didn't help that they had alias. 

Kate Warner is the twin to Bones. Well, not exactly a twin in biology but more in psychology. They are both cold or have emotionless faces. They are both scientists. They are both intelligent in their field. Kate Warner, however, is a blond unlike Dr. Temperance Brennan who is a brunette. 

David Vale/ Andrew Reed. Everything you need to know about David Vale is that he's a similar counterpart to FBI Agent Seeley Booth. Except he works for a different agency with a dangerous agenda that can affect the entire human race. 

And many others. Please stop using alias or else I will go insane over them.

Rating: Four out of Five

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