Genesis dives straight back in where Nemesis left off. Nemesis was one of my favourite reads last year, so I have been eagerly anticipating this sequel for some time. If you haven’t read Nemesis yet, then check out my review and consider reading that before you read this review.
In this sequel Min is more carefully considering the implications of the ending to Nemesis, where she discovered the reason for her being murdered every other birthday and that she, and those who survived with her, were nothing more than computer codes in a programme designed to save humanity.
“Did time mean anything now? Did it exist in the program?”
Noah is taking a different approach: he is determined to win at all costs, even if he’s not completely sure what game he’s playing. It seems any budding romance they had in Nemesis is well and truly behind them. Noah is prepared to shoot Min, to kill her, if that’s what it takes to make the Program proud. This second book sees Noah and Min take opposite sides. Min tries to remain loyal and true to herself, whilst Noah is prepared to sacrifice anything that will help him win. The two give us an indication of the polarised sides that could be taken in this situation and an opportunity to examine the merits of each approach.
Min feels that they are starting to lose parts of their selves:
“the fact that death was no longer frightening made me unaccountably sad. It felt alien. Like a vital part of my humanity had been stripped away.”
The book is, in part at least, an examination of what it is that makes us human. Every time they are “reset” a little more of what makes them is eroded. We soon learn that the resets are not endless though. At some point, all those involved can and will die. As the participants start to realise this, and work out how and why this is happening, more of Project Nemesis’s intentions and experiments are revealed and Min might finally find out what the point of all this is.
Sarah becomes a really interesting character in this story. I found her more intriguing than Min at times. She is clever, deliciously vicious and she works out quickly what is going on, but she has a strong sense of self-preservation and isn’t going to sacrifice herself to help anyone else. The methods she resorts to are extremely clever and well-thought through.
I found this sequel quite slow going and lacking in some of the tension and excitement that I so loved in Nemesis. Overall, it was a good conclusion to the Project Nemesis story and did give the reader a lot to think about.