- Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
- Publisher: Jove Books; 1 edition (25 July 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515141984
- ISBN-13: 978-0515141986
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.7 x 17.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,123,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Second Genesis Mass Market Paperback – 25 Jul 2006
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About half way through the book a major character is killed off and it goes pear shape from then. The author fails to develop the characters in the story beyond their immediate role. There's no real indication of the objective of the 'badies' only that they are working on a genetic engineering project that is highly questionable from a moral perspective and may even be illegal.
It all goes 'ape' soon after and finally loses the plot completely at the end which could not have been worse than if the author had written "and they all lived happily ever after..."
Avoid this book, reading it will waste a chunk of your life.
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There are multiple things to laud in the premiere effort by Dr. Anderson, including the believability and the well-documented research.
And there are things to laud in this novel as well, particularly a website that was set up for readers to follow a presentation that takes place in the book. Since it is largely beyond the ken of his readers (and he is savvy enough to realize this), he removed it from the book...but not from access. Well done, sir.
That said, it is one of tragically few things to commend his sophomore effort. Things that really do damn this book include the pacing and the rather grated plot. While his first book is also a bit choppy and feels over before it is done, it is much clearer in this one, although I can't honestly say why. In addition, the characters who were as bright and vibrant in his first novel as the people that you know at work and at school fall flat in this book. The lead protagonist has a somewhat mysterious infatuation with a field guide. The relationship develops over the course of the book, but the development of the characters happens in a fairly black box fashion: we see what the characters are doing and we see how they react, but we cannot see why in the world they make the decisions that they do. It is almost as if half of the dialogue is missing, and we are left wondering what the rest of what is going on is.
In addition to that, I will warn the readers that there is little or nothing in the way of resolution in this book. I doubt sincerely that the intent was to leave room for a sequel; rather it seems that the author simply got too wrapped up in his descriptions of how the ape was made (which is interesting to me as a scientist) and fell down on describing the ramifications of this (which is damning to my enjoyment as a reader).
If the characters had been more believable, the ending more complete, the development of the characters somewhat predictable (or at least understandable), and the moral implications noted by other reviewers actually discussed in more than a cursory fashion in the book, this would have easily netted a four. If any two of these were present, it would have gotten a three from me.
The strengths of this book noted in other reviews make me question whether the book was actually even read. The chase through the forest after the escaped apes was not "vivid". It was described, certainly, but nothing about it was vivid. Instead, we are treated to a loosely connected series of miniature vignettes where supplies are missing, people are get sick, and then finally a confrontation with the apes, followed by a climax that is both silly and unresolved.
In short, it really isn't worth the time. If you are looking for a book about apes that are completely out of control, read Congo by Michael Crichton. If you are looking for something about the misapplication of genetic manipulation of primates, keep looking. Read his first book, but pass on this one.
The dialogue is forced and cheesy. Characters lecture each other at random points, and the narrative lectures the reader equally. The morality play of mad-scientist-playing-god and sentience and souls is so heavy-handed it felt like a sledgehammer hitting the reader over and over. Plot points are introduced at random and then forgotten again equally at random: at one point the scientists discover the altered chimps are having epileptic seizures, but this entire line of inquiry is then never raised or used again.
There are phrases and bits of description in this book that make no sense. You can tell the author put them in because he thought they sounded cool, but they're ultimately meaningless or self-contradictory. The pacing is off; only a few supposedly tense moments actually come across that way, and much of the book plods along off-kilter, rarely pulling the reader in for more than a page or two at most.
There are some vaguely interesting ideas in here. In particular, the end of the book hints at potentially interesting material for a later book. Unfortunately, I can't stand the idea of reading the mess that would be made of those one or two good ideas, so I certainly wouldn't read any follow-on.
Written with suspense and plenty of action, this book will capture the eye of those who love the science thriller genre. For those into current events, the issues surrounding embryonic stem cell research can certainly make for some heated debates. Jurassic Park with chimps instead of dinosaurs - that's the thought that kept running through my mind as I read, and, yes, I do consider that a compliment because I loved Crichton's dinosaur thriller. Like Crichton, Anderson does a phenomenal job of portraying the recklessness and arrogance of the human race in its attempt to control and manipulate nature, which was a central theme of this story. Although the flow was at times choppy, mostly due to the intricate scientific details that threaten to leave behind many readers, overall the story did not suffer.
Entertaining and thought-provoking, this is a science thriller that depicts a scenario with the potential of becoming reality, making it a worthwhile and intriguing read.