Exodus 2022 Review


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Title:  Exodus 2022

Author:  Kenneth G. Bennett

Published:  2014 by Booktrope Publishing

Genre:  Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy

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Joe Stanton wakes up in a panic.  Something is terribly wrong.  His daughter, Lorna Gwin, is missing.  He runs out of the hotel room that he and his girlfriend Ella are vacationing at, in a rampage screaming for his daughter, causing chaos and a huge scene.  The issue is that Joe doesn’t have a daughter.  He doesn’t have any children.  Joe’s worried he’s either going crazy or has a brain tumor that caused this hallucination; his girlfriend, Ella, who’s a nurse, has similar worries.  However, Joe’s not the first person that this has happened to.  The others who were affected didn’t live long.  Will Joe survive long enough to find the answers?

I love that I couldn’t guess what was going to happen or even why it was happening to begin with.  It’s kind of hard to write a review without giving anything away, but I definitely don’t want to leak any spoilers because it’s awesome when you figure out what’s going on.    Sometimes science fiction novels are hard for me to follow, but that wasn’t the case in this story.  And although it is a science fiction book, it felt relatable, as though it could be classified as urban fantasy as well.  I think this book will appeal to readers who like both genres.

There were twists and turns in every chapter.  The characters were relatable, and the villain was hate-able.  Every time I tried to put the book down to go to bed, I told myself, read just one more chapter, and then it would be 2am.  I didn’t want this story to end, and I’m wondering if there will be a sequel?

Romance, suspense, fantasy, drama; Exodus 2022 has it all.  So if you like science fiction, and even if you don’t; I highly recommend this book.


My Rating:  5 out of 5 stars



***I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Also, while I am professionally associated with Booktrope, I am not being compensated in any way for this review.***       

Alpha Gene Review


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Title:  Alpha Gene

Author:  Angel M. Huerta

Published:  2013 by White Goblin

Genre:  Science Fiction, Fantasy

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Imagine being able to lift a car, move objects with your mind, and become invisible at a moment’s notice.  Doctor Lucas McKenna had been researching a gene that would make this possible for years.  He was just about to make a presentation on this gene when his research partner is murdered, and Dr. McKenna is to blame.  He is found not guilty and relocates to a small town, where the alpha gene that he had researched and imagined for so long is shown to him through children, right before his very eyes.  These almost teenagers feel alone with their powers, but Dr. McKenna takes them in under his wing, and helps them learn to control their abilities.  And with each other these kids find confidence, fight bullies, and learn to accept themselves.

The story starts out with Dr. McKenna as the main character, and it’s told through his point of view.  But then it shifts to the children’s stories, mostly Peter.  I think it would have been helpful if it then switched to Peter’s point of view instead of third character because I always felt that first person pov made the story more ‘real’ if you will.

One other thing that would make me stop the story in my tracks was all the spelling and grammar mistakes.  Some words are spelled right, but just in the wrong form, for instance, “Go take a sit, kid, any seat,” (p. 58).

And then, there was the constant age change.

For young Peter, the road trip had been torture.  A twelve-year-old kid, confined to the back seat of a car for six hours, that’s almost like prison time.  Peter was a smart kid, not grades smart but street smart.  The ten year old was kind of tall for his age, had black hair, and sported a few freckle here and there. (pgs.49- 50)

See what I’m saying?  I had to not think about their age and just assumed they were somewhere in between 10-12 years old.

One last bothersome thing was the fish, Merlin.  Peter was still getting used to his powers, and Merlin the fish ended up on the floor.  Peter’s mom came up when she heard the ruckus and “by the time she pulled it out of the back of the desk, the poor little creature was breathing no more.” (p. 124).  Of course it wasn’t breathing, it’s a fish!  They breathe in water.  Yes, maybe the fish was dead from suffocation or from the force of being thrown out of an exploding fish tank, but we don’t know for sure because they didn’t try to put it back in water.  (I’m just saying, cause my fish once jumped out of the tank before I knew to put a cover on top.  When my husband found it we thought it was dead, but we put it in the water and it lived another year!)

Okay, on to the positives.  It was a good story!  This is Mr. Huerta’s first book, and I think he did an amazing job.  If it wasn’t for the grammar errors, the age change, and point of view issues, I probably would have rated it higher than I did.  But for what it’s worth 3 ½ stars is still a good rating.


My Rating:  3 1/2 out of 5 stars



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