The Atlantis Plague (The Origin Mystery #2) By: A.G. Riddle

The Atlantis Plague (The Origin Mystery #2) By: A.G. Riddle

Plot:

In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead–and those the Atlantis Plague doesn’t kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never cures the disease. Immari International offers a different approach: do nothing. Let the plague run its course. The Immari envision a world populated by the genetically superior survivors–a new human race, ready to fulfill its destiny. With control of the world population hanging in the balance, the Orchid Alliance and the Immari descend into open warfare. Now humanity’s last hope is to find a cure, and Kate alone holds the key to unraveling the mystery surrounding the Atlantis Plague. The answer may lie in understanding pivotal events in human history–events when the human genome mysteriously changed. Kate’s journey takes her across the barren wastelands of Europe and northern Africa, but it’s her research into the past that takes her where she never expected to go. She soon discovers that the history of human evolution is not what it seems–and setting it right may require a sacrifice she never imagined.

Review:

Ugh, I did not like this book. I ended up skipping a lot because it just got so boring. There was too much “science” and even lots of history thrown in. I like science and history, but there was just way too much for this to be fun.

The bad guy is still pretty over the top evil. Last time he would occasionally out of the blue have sex and there was more of that in this one. It doesn’t really make sense, to me, it’s just out of nowhere. I don’t know what it’s supposed to make me think of the character cause it’s kind of just random.

Two protagonists are fairly boring. Really dislike the female lead because she’s just sort of there when action happens. I don’t need her to kick butt, but she feels like a door mat. On the other side is the male lead who is all kick butt, bossy, alpha male. He’s also, apparently a history buff.

You found out more about the Atlanteans but it was sprinkled throughout and came about in a roundabout weird way.

Honestly, I just really did not like this book and won’t be reading the next. I don’t even care that I missing out on the rest of the story.

2/5

Sense 8

Recently I watched and loved the second season of Sense 8, almost as soon as I’d finished Netflix announced that it had been canceled. I felt so betrayed. It’s been some time since I heard their decision and I can safely say that I’m still pissed off. I’ve actually gone so far as to cancel Netflix. While, I’m sure I’ll be back, for the first time in about ten years I won’t have Netflix. When I do inevitably re-subscribe I don’t see myself keeping it going indefinitely. I’ll probably just watch what I want then cancel it again.

I thought they were going to be different from networks and at least give me closure on their shows, but Sense 8 season 2 had a massive cliffhanger and now we’ll never know what happened. The Wachowskis told them from the beginning that they planned on five seasons, they knew that it was going to be a large cast and filmed all over the world. None of this was news and yet Netflix decided not to continue.

I understand that they weren’t getting the kind of viewer numbers they expected, but that’s the beauty of the Netflix model, the show is going nowhere. It will always be there for people to discover and love, only now they will find it and be let down. It will be the next Firefly, a vocal fanbase that feels forever slighted. If we could only get a movie to wrap it up that might make things better.

I don’t normally write stuff like this, I write reviews, but it bothered me so much I felt like I had to share something. For now, I’m going to wrap up watching the few things in my Netflix queue that aren’t available anywhere else, and then probably end up buying more seasons of things on Amazon. Because, honestly, fuck you Netflix.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Director:

James Gunn

Starring:

Chris Pratt

Zoe Saldana

Dave Bautista

Plot:

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Review:

I was very lucky to have my parents visit us last week and while they were here my husband and I were able to go on a date. Naturally, we went to see a movie and thank goodness this was still in theaters.

I loved the first Guardians of the Galaxy and everything I saw trailer wise told me this one was going to be as good as the last. Thankfully, we were not disappointed.

I laughed more with this movie than the last, Drax, Bautista, is freaking hilarious. I did think a couple of the more emotional scenes went on too long and I actually cried at the ending.

Honestly, I really liked this movie and I’m looking forward to buying it when it comes out so I can watch it again.

Also, I need a baby Groot.

5/5

The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Myster #1) By: A.G. Riddle

The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery #1) By: A.G. Riddle

Plot:

The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they have hidden the truth about human evolution. And they’ve searched for an ancient enemy — a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over. Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel has discovered a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It’s been there for thousands of years, and it isn’t man made. The Immari think they know what it is, but they aren’t taking any chances. The time has come to execute their master plan: humanity must evolve or perish. In a lab in Indonesia, a brilliant geneticist may have just discovered the key to their plan. Four years ago, Dr. Kate Warner left California for Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She hasn’t recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible discovery: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she’s found is actually far more dangerous. Her research could rewrite human history and unleash the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it. One man has seen pieces of the Immari conspiracy: Agent David Vale. But he’s out of time to stop it. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when he receives a cryptic code from an anonymous source, he risks everything to save the only person that can solve it: Dr. Kate Warner. Now Kate and David must race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the Atlantis Gene… and human origins. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the globe and into the secrets of their pasts. The Immari are close on their heels and will stop at nothing to find the Atlantis Gene and force the next stage of human evolution — even if it means killing 99.9% of the world’s population. David and Kate can stop them… if they can trust each other. And stay alive.

Review:

I downloaded this book not so much because I was interested in the story, I mean it sounds interesting, but only about 70% so(using Netflix new, stupid thumbs up ratings thingie), I downloaded the book because I was searching for a sci-fi book that painted a positive light of the future and this was on every Amazon Sci-Fi best seller list there was. Apparently it’s got everything, except a positive outlook on the future. Oddly enough, I was 70% into the story before I started to like it. It took me two weeks to get there, but when I finally did I finished the story fast.

It’s borderline too hard sci-fi for me. There’s a lot of talk about genetics and evolution and I understand the basics so I wasn’t lost, but sometimes it got tedious. It also jumped around between a lot of people in the beginning and between time periods, around the 70% mark is actually where things settled down and it focused on just three people.

There was a ton of world building and by the end you basically know the last one hundred years of two families histories, which was a bit much for me. It was not what I would call action packed, even though a lot of people were killed with guns.

Honestly, if the last 30% wasn’t so interesting I wouldn’t bother with the next, as is I’m actually not looking forward to it as much as I would normally, but I do still want to read it, mainly because I want to see why so many people like it so much.

3/5

Supernatural Season 12 (2005-?)

Supernatural Season 12 (2005-?)

Network:

CW

Creator:

Eric Kripke

Starring:

Jensen Ackles

Jared Padalecki

Plot:

Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as “hunters” fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Review:

Oh my god that ending. The whole damn season had a pretty high body count, but that season finale gutted half the cast. I was honestly shocked, even though I know that not everyone will stay dead.

Really enjoyed this season. Dean, Jensen Ackles, got to kill Hitler, I wish they’d brought that up more through the season actually cause it was funny. I liked the addition of the British Men of Letters, especially since they were assholes. I also liked that their mom was there, even though she wasn’t in many episodes. The fact that they were finally captured and unable to escape from the government was funny.

I’m not one of the fans that keeps asking for a return to the monster of the week format. I like those episodes, but I enjoy the world and character growth more. Love that the brothers aren’t constantly at each other and distrusting and lying anymore, though, Dean still has that with Castiel, Misha Collins.

Really liked this season and it made me want to go back and rewatch the entire series, which is almost becoming a yearly thing. It’s gotten so long that I almost have to start as soon as I finish.

4.5/5