Desperate to solve a global food shortage, ExoGen scientist Dr. Ella Masse oversees the creation and release of RC-714, a gene that unlocks millions of years of adaptation and evolution, allowing crops to use long dormant junk DNA to rapidly adapt to any environment. The world's food supply grows aggressively, occupying every inch of earth, no matter how inhospitable. World hunger is averted. Humanity flourishes. RC-714 is digested, absorbed and passed on.
The Change affects small, fast breeding mammals first. They multiply with the same aggressive speed as the ExoGen plants, but a new, insatiable hunger drives them to violence. War between species breaks out. And then RC-714 reaches humanity, along with every other large creature on the planet. Civilization implodes, as every living thing that consumed the ExoGen crops begins to adapt to a world full of predators, accessing genes dating back to the beginning of life itself.
Peter Crane and his son Jakob survive the Change, living in their family farmhouse and eating non-ExoGen food from a biodome, one of many provided by Ella Masse, who discovered the ramifications of her breakthrough too late. The pair ekes out a living in a world full of monsters, surviving until Ella shows up on their doorstep with her daughter, pursued by desperate predators and men alike.
As the farmhouse falls under attack, Crane learns that the end of humanity, of life on Earth, can still be averted: if Ella Crane and her daughter survive, and if they make it to the other side of the country without being captured...or consumed.
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife
Zombie Free Apocalypse
In the top 90%. Well done with fairly believable science.
Most of the zombie genre, but without zombies.
Solid performance without the narrator being a distraction.
It took me a bit to get into the story line, but once engaged, it held my attention. The basic premise is a cautionary tale of GMO and genetic engineering as it gets away from researchers and impacts all life from plant to human. The story picks up the pace rapidly after some groundwork is laid. The main characters are fleeing from both mutated humans and the evil corporate minions responsible for the disaster. Lots of blood, bullets and monsters that build to a climax and a coming sequel.
If you like dystopia, apocalypse scenarios and monsters (but no zombies), this is your book series. Looking forward to the sequel.
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- S Atherton "Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds."