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.
©2015 Jeremy Robinson (P)2015 Jeremy Robinson
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This was freaking ah-maz-ing!!!! I absolutely adored everything about this, I mean it has deadly rabbits in it!!! How can something like that not be all types of awesomeness. ;)
Well the summary pretty much says it all so I'm just going to get to my gushing about this wonderfully unique and scary book.
Right, character wise each of them were well written and developed. First we have Peter and his son Jakob, who are (as the summary says) "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." Both of these were strong capable characters. I liked Jakobs spirit and I liked how he knew his weaknesses too. He wasn't afraid to say that he knew he was slowing them down! It's a nice change from the gung ho type of character, that thinks he is invincible! Jakob knew his limits yet did everything he could to help.
Peter mean while, was more than capable. He was such a take charge, tough, smart and brave character, that it was hard not to like him. He had a relationship with Ella Masse but married someone else. He still mourns his wife but when Ella turns up, he can feel some of the old feelings still there. Being Ex-Military, he is definitely someone you want on your side, which is why Ella Masse turns up!
Speaking of Ella. Her team was the one that started all this. They created the GMO and pushed it into development without knowing the full scale of the side affects. She turns up at Peters door with her daughter and some unwelcome, deadly creatures chasing her. She is intent on undoing the wrong but can she make it to the lab in time??
Plot wise, it's extremely fast paced and intense! It's also quite scary and makes you think! The fact that so many artificial things are put into food, you could totally relate to what happened here. The GMOs caused animals and people to mutate!! It cause prey to become predator!!! It's scary to even think about still!!! Yet totally engrossing. I started listening to this and honestly couldn't stop. I needed to see what happened. It's definitely a book you don't want to start late at night though, because it will keep you up, both with the scary factor and the way it will grab you and not let go.
In all, this was an amazingly addictive read. It's one I can't recommend enough and one I hope to see everyone try! It's movie material!!!! In case you can't tell with all the exclamation points in my review, I loved this!!! It's a unique and brilliant post apocalyptic read, and one with man eating bunnies!!! ;) Bring on book 2!!
The audio was fantastic also. Jeffrey Kafer never fails to deliver with his performance! This isn't my first book read by him, and definitely won't be my last. He always knows how to tell the story, be it calmly, happily or in this case, tensely.
*I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
"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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"You are what you eat"
World hunger is over, plants grow anywhere there is open ground (not just soil, but sand and other porous surfaces). This sounds like a total dream, right? Well this dream may come with some consequences. Maybe it's not a dream at all. It's actually a nightmare when issues start to arise with anyone who has ever eaten food with this new gene/strain of GMO in it. A post-apocalyptic tale that will make you question what you had for dinner tonight and where it came from.
The narration done by Jeffrey Kafer is incredibly professional. Really high quality with no issues or faults. The pacing is really well done while still being completely understandable. He is another narrator that I am going to add my my (quickly growing) list of of narrators that add to a story instead of taking away from it.
This book had an air of familiarity to it. Partially because it was a similar (but at the same time totally different) story as Lisa von Biela's novel Broken Chain. With that said, this novel is unique. Part of the familiarty I was feeling was the author himself. I didn't know that Jeremiah Knight was a pseduonym for one of my favorite "monster" authors, Jeremy Robinson.
With that being said, there are some similarities between JR and JK (use of monsters), but there are some differences too. This world was really well hashed out. The world felt hopeless (hence the post-apocalyptic genre). The characters felt like they were going to die at any moment from any combination of fates.
The book really scared me, because the basic "we solved world hunger" bit of this book felt so good, but once you realize what happens (you find out VERY quickly) your hopes are dashed and your good feelings go, hide, and won't come back.
The book finishes on a somber note, but not a sad one. The epilogue adds some nice intro into the next book (that's about all I can say without giving anything away).
Now all I need to know is when the next one is coming out, because I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Now if I can survive the wave after wave of monsters coming after me until that happens... we'll see!
This book was given to me at no charge, in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobookblast dot com
"Bottom of the Food Chain"
Firstly, let me get my obligatory required disclaimer out of the way. "This book was given to me at no charge, in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobookblast dot com". I'd prefer to paraphrase that to something not quite as cold, but who knows.
Now that is out of the way, onto the review. I really enjoyed this story and performance, and will be signing up for the next one in the series. I do like when authors come up with a pretty unique story with some good ideas. Hunger was an utter bio apocalypse, worst case I think. It isn't just a scenario where there is one thing causing the end of civilization. It is everything. The food, animals, everything. One thing in its favor (as a break for the poor survivors) is the fact that insects fortunately didn't seem to be featured as a species affected by the insanity. Dealing with giant demented super evolved ants and spiders on top of all the other horrors would have been just too insurmountable. When you have the book starting off, and cows have gone carnivore, and human vegans are suddenly getting over their aversion to meat, you know things are going to get bad..
Jeffrey Kafer is a great narrator, and looking through my library, I've actually purchased a lot of books narrated by him, and quite a few in my wishlist. His narration was a good fit for the story, and in combination with the writing style, I didn't have any issues keeping track of the book, the story and characters.
In all, a nice new unique vision of an apocalypse.
"Very scary plot. Original and believable."
This kind of reminded me of some of Michael Creighton's work. It is the first in a series and started out pretty strong. Seems like it was pretty well researched. Hope the next in the series is as good as this one. I will be picking it up when it comes out. Jeffrey Kafer did an awesome job with the narration. He helped make the story come alive with just the right amount of emotional inflection. He also does male, female, and children's voices equally well. Hope to hear more from him.
Note that I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast.
"An excellent sci-fi/horror thriller. Fantastic Fun"
Hunger is an excellent sci-fi/horror thriller read superbly by Jeffry Kafer. The book details a road trip taken across America in a post-Apocalyptic world dominated by monsters of every shape and form, all eager to consume what few humans remain.
World hunger and the desire to design GM crops to combat it is what leads to the world's demise in this novel. Plants are designed that can grow everywhere, and this is what they do. Hunger does not exist anymore, but the plants change one's genetic makeup, turning them into predators hungry for meat, and changes their appearance beyond recognition. Humans and animals turn into monsters and hunt each other.
Only a handful of humans remain, those that hadn't eaten any of the GM foods. Now it is up to a group of them, to get to a special lab near Boston where the scientist who first developed these crops wishes to undo the damage and save the world.
The book is fast, exciting, and very well-written. The narration was spot on. I will look forward to book 2.
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"Frightening Parable Illustrates GMO Nightmares"
Part One of Knight's "Hunger" series dramatizes the potential nightmare of ignorant tinkering with the code of life. Of course this is a logical extreme for plot purposes, but I hope it will nudge the less imaginative into taking a personal stand on the GMO debate. Every time we try broadscale alterations of nature we make horrendous mistakes we can't eradicate: consider the importation of various insects and animals to "solve" pest problems, experimentation with powerful drugs without informed consent, even South Africa's admission that scientists were attempting to create a virus to curtail the black population during the apartheid era.
Jeremiah Knight highlights the GMO crop controversy in glowing, gruesome detail. While he attempts to individuate his characters, they are brought to life more effectively by Jeffrey Kater's memsmerizing narration than by literary detail. At times I had the sense they were interesting but non-essential vehicles to carry the plot. Where the narrative truly stands out is in the creation of exogenic monsters: the creatures who develop from the super-fast mutations ("unlocked" by the super gene theoretically designed to end hunger) are amazing feats of imagination. Birds reverting to predatory versions of their dinosaur ancestors, human beings fast-forwarding to herd-hunting ever-hungry cannibal creatures (I liked the "rattle-tail" nomenclature developed by the grunts), a bat larger than a man existing as an apex predator, and a gigantic pig not even recognizable as such due to its super-sizing and adaptive deformations--allowing all to prey effectively on other predators--are just a few of the nightmarish creatures encountered by one small family in its attempt to escape following the destruction of the comparative safety of their biodome. Each plot point pivots on another act of destruction by the same woman who was ultimately responsible for the release of the devastating gene change that is now destroying humanity.
The "love story" between this geneticist, Ella, and Peter the super soldier/father/farmer/lover is unfortunately not terribly convincing, especially when you consider that Ella was responsible for Peter's wife turning into a monster who tried to eat her own son (among other genetic abuses I won't reveal). But the adventure story does move along at a frenetic pace with plenty of military spin for readers who enjoy gun/bomb/knife battles and hand-to-hand combat. And I will keep an eye out for Part Two ... as long as it is narrated by Jeffrey Kater.
"Best Apocalypse Book Ever!!!"
Wow what can I say? Other than this audiobook is awesome. The writing is extremely well done, the story starts off fast and never slows down. It's suspenseful, scary and action packed. The way the author described the mutants, you could totally visualize them. The narrator was the perfect pick for this story, buy or credit you won't be disappointed! I looked for other audiobooks by this author but nothing so far, but I did the research he has other books and I'm sure they're coming soon. Hurry up!
"Clever and Unique"
There are plenty of post-apocalyptic novels but this one stands unique among them. There are no zombies, no viral pandemic, no overwhelming force of nature. Rather, genetic engineering is the cause, and humanity is to blame.
Jeremiah Knight has concocted a tale of humanity's struggle to survive, much like other stories of this sub-genre, and the human element is the essence of the plot. While this leads to some inevitably predictable directions, there are enough unexpected twists to set it apart from its contemporaries. This book is a thrilling take that simply must be experienced. Think Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and C.H.U.D. and you'll be in the right range.
Jeffrey Kafer's early works are not particularly good. He was a bit too gruff and hadn't yet developed enough "voice" for the characters. Consequently I have been avoiding many of his readings. However, he has demonstrated distinct improvement. I found his narration pleasing to listen to for this book. He still does not rank among my top five narrators (Marsters, Brick, Porter, Wheaton, Auberjonois) but I will not hesitate to listen to his upcoming works.
"Amazing Story and Narration"
I couldn't stop listening to this book. It started out strong and fast and stayed that way through the entire book. The characters were likable and I was totally invested in their futures. The only downside, for me, is that it's only 8 hours. Hopefully, it's the beginning of a new series.
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