REVIEW: The Atlantis Plague by A.G. Riddle
SYNOPSIS: In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead--and those the Atlantis Plague doesn't kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never actually cures the disease. Immari International offers a different approach: do nothing. Let the plague run its course. The Immari envision a world populated by the genetically superior survivors--a new human race, ready to fulfill its destiny. With control of the world population hanging in the balance, the Orchid Alliance and the Immari descend into open warfare. Now humanity's last hope is to find a cure, and Kate alone holds the key to unraveling the mystery surrounding the Atlantis Plague. The answer may lie in understanding pivotal events in human history--events when the human genome mysteriously changed. Kate's journey takes her across the barren wastelands of Europe and northern Africa, but it's her research into the past that takes her where she never expected to go. She soon discovers that the history of human evolution is not what it seems--and setting it right may require a sacrifice she never imagined.
GENRE: Sci-Fi / Thriller
SERIES: The Origin Myster Book #2
RATING: 4/5 Very Enthusiastic Stars
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Yes, it’s a lie, but the media repeated it, and a lie repeated becomes perception, and perception is reality. Perception is also very hard to change.”
Let me start with a note on audiobooks (because I did in fact listen to this book through headphones while driving to work and doing necessities around the the house). I have never found an audiobook before this series that I liked. Through trial and error I simply assumed that audiobooks just weren't my thing. I now stand corrected! The further story of me and audiobooks will be explored at a future time, for now, I won't go to off topic....on to the review!
If you haven't read the first book in this series, do not continue! Otherwise, no major spoilers unless noted.
When we last left our two heroes of the story, they were seperated, in different hemispheres, crazy things were happening, and one was probably/though-this-is-sci-fi-so-probably-not dead. The time warping nature of the underground spaceship or bell generator means that time has passed upstairs on earth and things are getting pretty bad because the Atlantis Plague is running wild. Also, there are some Atlantian aliens just waiting in the wings, maybe good, maybe bad, probably both.
Okay, we're all caught up.
A.G. Riddle's writing is a mix of Dan Brown, Michael Crichton (oh how I miss you MC), and something that is clearly all his own. There is action, history, science & mathematics, politics and just a touch of fantasy that equals one big whopper of a story. It's complicated, not too complicated, but there are definitely points where I had to stop, rewind, and go over a plot point or some jargon again. He makes you think. This is not an easy thriller, this is the information station and that train is coming in fast. I liken it to an ice cream brain freeze, there is so much information coming at you that your head feels like it might explode, but it's just too good to stop.
If you liked or loved book one, then I don't think you will be dissappointed with where book two takes you. It effortlessly builds from book one, adding perfect twists and logical turns. In the beginning of the story, I was anxious for Kate to start moving, to try and find out what happened to David, as well as other characters to gain forward momentum, and perhaps for this reason I personally felt that it started slow. There were multiple points when the information being given, though necessary, did interrupt the flow of the story and made it drag. The action sequences brought the story back up to speed though and the ending was an adrenaline rush.
On a small spoiler, and just something I have to add, because I did shout and grin so wide when it happened...MILO!!! I am team Milo all the way, and even though he's a small supporting character, I was so excited when he wasn't dead and popped back in to the plot.
Since I listened to the audiobook, a note and review on the narrator, Stephen Bel Davies: Bravo! You, combined with the author's work, have made me a believer in audiobooks. Davies did a fantastic job with his narration. Eloquent, great timing, and the voices were perfect.
I am excited to get to the final book of this trilogy. There was a nice stopping point at the end of the book with obvious questions lingering, but nothing that was a big cliffhanger. So I can look forward to the next book without losing sleep!