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