Blog Tour Review: Genesis by Brendan Reichs

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Project Nemesis #3

Brendan Reichs

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: March 6th 2018

Format: Physical ARC




Goodreads Synopsis

The blistering sequel to the instant New York Times bestselling Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. 

Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive. 

The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him-hardened him-to lead the strongest into the future … whatever that may be. And at any cost. 

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough. 

In a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it’s tempting to lay back and let everyone else battle it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.


Possible Spoilers For: Nemesis

Trigger Warning





Death, Graphic Murder/Violence, Mass Suicides

This book is intimidating. After my… feelings on the first one, I was skeptical about this. However, unlike the first one, I’m liking all of the characters instead of just some and instead of 50% rage reading it and 50% interested in the story, I’m way more invested.

Genesis picks up right after the chaotic cliffhanger in Nemesis, following Min, Noah, and the other sixty-two members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class. Trying to get through Phase Two, our main characters adapt to the harsh circumstances they’re put in to survive.

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This one was definitely better than the first undoubtedly, the pop culture references are semi-gone thank goodness and the plot twist? Did not see that coming. I mentioned that this series gives me major Matrix vibes; I haven’t read Lord of the Flies so I can’t find a reference to that.

I was concerned about the romance aspect, considering what happened in the last book it was quite rushed and ended in a similar fashion. It was clear they still had feelings for each other, but Noah’s I found a purpose and you’re not with the program mentality as well as other things made me question how this was going to work out.

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There’s just something about Noah… even though he starts off the book as a psychopath, I can’t help but grow to like him. Don’t get me wrong, in the beginning, I did not like this guy. But as the book went on, seeing his feelings and how much he cared about Min’s well being just… got to me. Min’s still my favorite, though. The voice of reason and morality, she has a backbone and wants answers like the reader does. I can’t talk much about the world-building as we’re stuck in the same small town, but their’s potential for the third book.

This is kind of spoilery… so click here is you want to see my voice my questions on the ending… if not just ignore this 🙂

It is mentioned that this project has been going on for years, you’d think the higher ups would take all of the precautions to make sure the world succeeded in its second chance right? BUT NO. YOU TRAINED THESE 15/16 YEAR OLDS TO LITERALLY KILL EACH OTHER. THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO PLANT FOOD OR BUILD A HOUSE OR… ANYTHING. HOW THE HELL ARE YOU DEPENDING ON THEM TO COLONIZE AND CIVILIZE THE WORLD?!

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One thing I found quite funny was one of the main characters compared the situation they were in to Lord of the Flies and The Matrix, which I found so meta— the book is already being promoted as such, having your characters mention it was like breaking a fourth wall. It didn’t bother me, but I did have to put the book down and laugh. This was a whole new level of pop culture references that I wasn’t expecting.

My biggest issue besides what I put in the spoilery tag above is the love triangle. At this point I can’t even feel bad for Tack… why’d you do him like this? I definitely am anticipating the finale, that ending conjured up so many questions.


Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He is the author of Nemesis, and co-author of the Virals series, written with Kathy Reichs. Brendan lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.

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