A science fiction thriller by the author of Night Watch, the hit novel that inspired two major motion pictures.
Five months after the horrific accident that left him near death and worried that he'd never fly again, master-pilot Alex Romanov lands a new job: captaining the sleek passenger vessel Mirror. Alex is a spesh - a human who has been genetically modified to perform particular tasks. As a captain and pilot, Alex has a genetic imperative to care for passengers and crew - no matter what the cost.
His first mission aboard Mirror is to ferry two representatives of the alien race Zzygou on a tour of human worlds. His task will not be an easy one, for aboard the craft are several speshes who have reason to hate the Others. Dark pasts, deadly secrets, and a stolen gel-crystal worth more than Alex's entire ship combine to challenge him at every turn. And as the tension escalates, it becomes apparent that greater forces are at work to bring the captain's world crashing down.
Great start but really disappointed in the book as a whole. I love The Watch series and having read the very different premise for this book I was really looking forward to Lukyanenko bringing something new to the science fiction genre. The narration is good and I was pulled into the story from the start but was left wondering why I bothered. There's a lot of ick factors and there's no real pay off to the listener for going through them. The whole thing felt slightly heavy handed and misogynistic (which was a real surprise after the Watch had such strong female characters in it ). Great concept but the three rating is purely because the first half had so much potential. If this had been written by another writer I don't think I'd have bothered staying with it. It's always difficult to make sweeping generalizations but I really think this story will appeal most to heterosexual men, as the female and gay character/s are just stereotypical window dressing. Far too many trite concepts and cliches and without giving to much away, it fizzles out just where the characters could have become really interesting.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
it was okay. certainly not what I was expecting. was slower than I thought it would be. I would consider another book if this were a series
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What would have made The Genome better?
Not eligible for return .. too bad
Has The Genome turned you off from other books in this genre?
Lukyanenko, having Ukrainian ancestry himself, threatens authors who support the Euromaidan that he will make every effort to prevent their books being published in Russia. He also forbade the translation of his books into Ukrainian.
He welcomed the accession of the Crimea to the Russian Federation.
What didn’t you like about Scott Aiello’s performance?
Aiello is OK
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Any additional comments?
No more Lukyanenko ever
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