I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Genesi Code by Tristen Willis
Published by Australian eBook Publisher on September 1st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Luka was only eight years old when her father, Christopher Foster, was murdered.
Christopher had been working on a cure for the Genesi Code, which has plagued the human race since the government began experimenting on human DNA in an attempt to create a genetically-advanced army.
Luka has spent the last ten years training for the military’s elite taskforce, known as Delta Force, so she can uncover the truth surrounding her father’s murder. But along the way, she uncovers a truth about herself that she is not yet ready to face.
Could the truth surrounding Luka’s past be the key to curing the Genesi and ending the war? In the end, is revenge all that matters?
When I saw that Tristen was looking for reviewers for this book, I immediately threw my name in the ring. The premise sounded absolutely fantastic and I was very intrigued. While the book was a little on the short side, this was overall a strong debut to a promising series. I will definitely be reading the next book, particularly after the way this one ended.
The story begins with a prologue, as Luka’s father lives out his last minutes. The transition afterward was a bit jarring but this prologue set the scene really well and had me hooked from page one. After the prologue, the book skips ahead in time and goes to the day when Luka and Harvey receive their acceptance letters to Delta Force, the elite military branch that they’ve both worked their whole lives to join. This part is a bit of an info dump but it wasn’t too distracting. From there, the book becomes part spy-thriller, part heist story, and all around fun.
I had some trouble connecting to Luka at first but as the book progressed, I came to really admire her. She works single-mindedly and lets absolutely nothing stand in her way. Plus she’s incredibly talented in martial arts and extremely intelligent. It was interesting to see how she slowly began to lower her walls and let people in. I can’t wait to see how her character develops in the future. While I may have initially had trouble connecting with her, I absolutely loved most of the other characters. Ren and Harvey were both adorable and I was so happy that a love triangle didn’t develop. The villains could have been fleshed out a bit more but, given the length of this novel, they were still pretty good.
The pacing was slightly slow at first as the author introduces the reader to the world. However, it quickly picks up after the initial introduction. I really liked that there was such a focus on their training, it gave me a lot of insight into the various characters. In a word, the world building was cool. I loved the premise of genetically engineered humans and where the storyline went. I’m very intrigued to see how the revelation at the end of this book will play out in the next one!
Overall, this was a promising debut that I think will turn into a great series. While definitely a bit on the short side, it’s a quick, easy, and fun read that will nevertheless give you something to think about. There was sometimes a tendency to tell instead of show but that diminished toward the end of the book. Definitely recommend if you’re a fan of YA science fiction!