Genre: Young Adult Sci-fi / Dystopian
In 2157, a mysterious gas known as Variant spreads across the globe, killing or mutating most organic life. The surviving humans take refuge in an underground city, determined to return home. But after generations of failures and botched attempts, hope is beginning to dwindle. That is, until a young scientist makes a unique discovery—and everything changes. Suddenly, there’s reason to hope again, and it rests within a group of genetically engineered children that are both human and Variant.
Terry is one of these children, modified and trained to endure the harsh conditions of a planet he cannot begin to understand. After years of preparation, Terry thinks he knows what to expect. But the reality is far stranger than anything he can imagine—and what he will become is far more dangerous.
Lindsey's Review 5 Stars
What a compelling start to an exciting new dystopian series by author JN Chaney!
Yup, I now hate JN Chaney because I'm going to have to buy all his books. Loved everything about it. He is a superb writer. Even if I didn't love dystopian, I would enjoy the book because the author created great characters and a very realistic world. Chaney does a great job describing the sci fi elements without bogging the reader down with too much detail. I did find it difficult to imagine what the underground city looked like and would have liked a little more description of the surroundings.
I always struggle in dystopian books to see the leaders as "bad", because sometimes they do things that really make sense overall for the population. The author has the burden to show how these leaders are willing to cross a line before I can see them as evil, and sometimes their descent into evil doesn't seem realistic to me; it seems forced or contrived to drive the plot. Chaney does this in a realistic way: (spoiler alert) I am glad he had Bishop try to assassinate the Matron, because until then I wasn't convinced he was the bad guy... he and Archer were on their way to saving the underground city, and their creations (aka the kids) did actually stop Variant (at least that is what you make us believe), so they are sort of heroes, albeit tarnished heroes, until they conspire to kill their adversaries.
Overall, this was a well-written, entertaining read I would definitely recommend! I'm looking forward to reading the next installment!
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