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GENESIS (All Reviews)

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Amazon Customer
September 29, 2016
A great read with deep underlying themes.
A wonderful blend of philosophy, spirituality, and intrigue that covers a clash of cultures and religion. Jak is a hero of the modern age, unsure and yet ready to face the challenges that await him.

Amazon Customer
September 22, 2016
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and everything in between. Pacing was great and Wade seemed to have a unique idea told in a new voice. Loved it. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone interested in fantasy, especially you GrimDark fans.

September 9, 2016
If you loved Erikson you will love this! Garret's writing style reminded me so much of the first time i picked up Gardens of the Moon by Erikson, at first you're like come on explain some more but as you progress you get sucked into the story and you no longer care you just want more. This book belongs on all grimdark shelves

Author S.C. Hayden
April 8, 2016
A vast and wonderful book. The storyline is a little dense at times but never plodding. Layered and lovely, it kept me up late more than a few times. Epic Sci Fi is not dead. Huzzah.

Author C.T Phipps-
March 4, 2016
4/5 stars
A complex well-developed world. Genesis reminds me of the original Wheel of Time novel, The Eye of the World, in that it opens with a collection of references and description of a strange new world full of ideas as well as concepts which the reader is dumped head first into. It's a fascinating but frequently distracting tale which exists halfway between sci-fi and high fantasy. This is not going to be a book for everyone but I, personally, enjoyed it once I managed to immerse myself fully into the world. The beginning is a bit rough, though, I will state the perspective changes a few too many times. The breadth of the author's imagination is fascinating, though, and I'm envious as an author.
The character of Jak seems like a typical farmboy protagonist in an unusual world which combines Bronze Age city-states with supernatural phenomenon and technology. After a series of events push him from his home, he is joined by a cast of intriguing characters in the brainy Leia and Evangeline as well as the roguish Ruddiger. Events propel them forward on a road trip which takes them against a post-apocalypse world of science and religion gone wrong with mysteries and bizarre locales. The story follows their multiple perspectives on events and we get a sense of the alien far-future humanity has degenerated into. It can be a little overwhelming but very satisfying once it gets going.
I suggest readers stick with it until at least the Jak chapters to enjoy.

Dec 15, 2015
This was a great read from cover to cover. The depth of the world created by the Author left me feeling spellbound after the final chapter. In reading the story I found that I became caught up in the lives of the characters as well as in the imagery used to pull me into the world itself. I quite literally felt like I was inside their world, seeing everything as they saw it. I enjoyed the multiple characters POVs because it allowed me to see even deeper into the world created by Garrett. I will be looking forward to more installments in the series.
December 3, 2015
Slow burning, Subtle and Unique! Wade has written a considered and carefully crafted tale here, one that merges different genres not only well but in interesting and exciting ways.
He allows his characters to grow in the reader's mind, giving them to space and time to continuously define themselves, while also expanding and exploring the world they live in without dumping info on the reader or bogging down the narrative.
His tale also creates new cultures and magic while subtly twisting our own history, so don't be surprised if you read about something that sounds familiar.
My only issue is that the book is a slow read, but that may be because I'm used to reading fast paced tales - one thing is for sure: this is a novel that builds subtly and consistently, showing Wade to be a writer and storyteller who has great control and a vast imagination.
Looking forward to reading more from this author!
August 14, 2015
This was an epic tale! I really liked the main character Jak, and really started getting into the story when he was introduced. When he and his friends and family went through all these major events, the suspense of seeing what happens to them really carried me through this book. I can't say I understood everything in the book, but there was a surreal sense of time and place and reality that was compelling within it. Things were really interesting when attention was put on the Areht people and the way they lived. Anyway, events and people in the story grab the reader's attention, so it's worth a look if you want to go to a very different place. Thanks to the author for providing the free copy in exchange for an honest review.
July 8, 2015
Great read. A vast world rich with verbal imagery. This author has a writing style very similar to that of George R.R. Martin, and Robert Jordan. Throw in a little Frank Herbert, and you got Wade Garret. Looking forward to book 2.
June 12, 2015
Genesis, by Wade Garrett is a tremendous story, rich in diverse well developed characters that the reader can be completely consumed with! I applaud him for taking the risk to develop a story that is vast and complex, yet balancing prose enough to keep the reader hooked! The diversity of characters move the story through a variety of perspectives and lenses, which may be challenging for some readers, but Wade ties it all together nicely as protagonists battle antagonists and the plot continues to thicken throughout the chapters. For fans of futuristic science fiction, this is a great read! I would recommend prospective readers take it to the beach on vacation in an effort to absorb all the nuances of the story without distraction. Garrett is obviously teeing himself up for a series on the heel of the success of this book, and it will be interesting to find out where he goes next with this world he has created!
June 8, 2015
The book is well-written for the most part, although there are some confusing time-jumps in the story. The characters are relate-able and easy to understand (except the ones you're not supposed to understand). The mythos of the story fits the setting and draws you in, making you want to keep reading and find out more.
May 21, 2015
A book that demands your full attention.
When I was asked to review this book by the author, I accepted as it really sounded like my kind of book and the synopsis appeared promising.
From the very beginning, lots of different petiole and places you aren't familiar with are mentioned, which I found really confusing. I knew that all would probably become clear eventually, so I tried to keep track and persevered.
I've read lots of books where each chapter is told from a different person's perspective and quite enjoy that, but, in Genesis this happens every paragraph. I was completely lost after a few chapters in so decided to leave it there.
I think this is the kind of book that you need to read when you have lots of time to devote to it exclusively. Think log cabin, solitude and snow. There are several 5 star reviews on Amazon for this book, so people obviously enjoyed it. It just wasn't for me.
April 7, 2015
Well written and sucked you into the abyss of Sci-Fi. Each character is a character because of the detailed descriptive narrative. Entertaining and intriguing to say the least. Wade Garret caused a confusion here and there switching between characters and gracing us with each characters "going on," but he managed to keep me focus on the storyline and it was well worth it. A bulky book, not that I'm complaining. Hey I was happy to keep on reading a very tantalizing good read. Thank you, Darlene Cruz I won this book from Goodreads First Read Giveway.

March 27, 2015
Pretty Decent Read: Great Start For a Series. 
Pretty good book. A lot to wade through initially as the explanations are abound for what the Areht does. Some parts of it seemed a little complex for the average reader to follow. Once the action picks up, it us full throttle from there on. Then, you see how the characters interact and why. I found a few if the scenes jumbled but for the most part I found this book ocerall enjoyable
March 12, 2015
Unprecedented World Building
This is the kind of science fiction novel that you have to surrender yourself to completely. There is a ton of world building going on here, the author has clearly mapped out whole histories of a complex and fascinating world. When you don't know an author, it's difficult to commit fully to the task of learning everything that must be comprehended to enjoy a novel like this. In this case, however, it is worth it.
February 23, 2015
I really enjoyed the story and the world in which it takes place. The environment is intricately described and comes to life through the storytelling. One feels immersed into the world and the events are, to me, vividly displayed in my mind. There are multiple story threads going on that cross each other in interesting ways.
Am awaiting the next installment.

February 23, 2015
A Great Science Fiction Book
I received a free copy of the book through goodreads first reads.
3.5/5 stars. A good book filled with interesting characters and a rich, full world that is massive in scope. It was a little hard to get into the book in earlier chapters because of all of the references to places/words/events/etc. that you have no real knowledge of what, where, or who it is talking about. Once you get farther in the book, however, all of it begins to come together and you have a better understanding of how deep and complex the world in this series actually is.
Another thing that was difficult in the beginning was how the perspective kept changing between the characters, told from one characters perspective in one paragraph, a different character in the next, and back again to the first character in a third paragraph. Once you get used to it, however, this approach was actually fairly interesting as it allows you to see events from each of the characters perspectives.
All in all it was a good book that I enjoyed reading and I look forward to reading more books from this series. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in science fiction, and while it is a bit difficult in the beginning, if you stick with it you will be rewarded with an impressively detailed and rich world with a great story to go along with it.
February 17, 2015
I absolutely loved the hook and writing style.
This has been a very difficult book to read and review.
To begin with, I absolutely loved the hook and the writing style. From the characters dialogue to the quotes at the beginning of chapters, I very much enjoyed the author's skill at constructing a complicated world with interesting people.
The downside is that there's little or no explanation or back-story given for anything. Right from the beginning, we are told it is the “third age”. OK, the third age of what? Why is this the third age? What happened to the second age? These questions and more are never answered.
This author has great potential and is probably a terrific lecturer or essay writer. This book has everything it needs to make it a great story except the story itself. It lacks both narrative and description. I finished reading it because I enjoyed the style.
The reader is left to wonder if this world is a future Earth or a completely different universe. The narrative is often hard to follow because the POV switches from one character at one time to another in possibly a different time, right in the middle of chapters with no warning. This makes it difficult to keep track of who is doing what where and when.
This story is about continuing war. The enemy seems some kind of giant cyborg bug, which was thought to have been defeated and or destroyed at some unknown time in the past. The story centers around a small group of people, one of whom has discovered his father's mysterious sword. The sword seems to grant or awaken some kind of power within our hero, but it's unclear if his power is purely mental or some kind of man machine hybrid.
That said, I look forward to seeing how Wade's writing grows from here!
November 6, 2014
Impressive Debut Work.
Though I enjoy fantasy it is not a genre I usually default to. Genesis was recommended to me by a friend because of our mutual like of Dune. I was very impressed with this debut work! The worlds and characters are richly developed and Garret does a great job of drawing the reader in. I am excited to read the next installment!

November 6, 2014
Great Book!
Wow! Didn't expect this. Not normally one for fantasy stuff but REALLY enjoyed this. This is a first time author? I was hooked from the opening pages. Eagerly anticipating Book Two!
November 6, 2014
Don't even try to put this one down because you won't be able to! You'll long for the next sentence!
This book was phenomenal! I am eagerly anticipating the next volume of this series! Wade, hurry it up!!!The characters are so full of depth, deep dialog, and detail that in reading, I felt I could hear them next to me if I had closed my eyes with their gruff voices. Smell their skin, feel the worn edges of their clothing even. Garret has such a powerful way with description. It really pulls you in, making you ready to turn the pages as fast as you can to get to the next part of the adventure. The prologue almost lost my attention, but I'm so thankful that I continued to read. It wasn't that the prologue wasn't good, it's that it contained so many facts that my brain was swirling. Almost as if I needed to make a flow chart to keep up. Once I began reading the meat of the book, it all made sense. Be prepared to be engulfed in this book. Once you start reading, you won’t want to put it book down. You too will crave to know more! My poor Kindle Fire almost couldn’t keep up with me turning pages so quickly!
September 20, 2014
Complex and compelling. Diving into this book is diving into a complete world already served and delivered. The world in which Wade Garret has built is not one that is constructed as you go. It’s hard not to get sucked into the rich and developed story as well as the elaborate and well fleshed out characters. As we follow the main character Jak, the story chugs along, building up momentum and makes it hard to put down
In the beginning you feel a little bombarded with all the little details, but the farther you get those details help guide you through and make it all the more real.
This isn’t a book to expect to read quickly and move on. It’s a fantastic tome of sci-fi/fantasy immersion.
August 26, 2014
Genesis is a great book, Its a little long but it grabs you and once it does you can not put it down till the end. The detail Wade put in the book about all the characters and the world they live in made me feel as if i was there. I hear Wade Garret is working on part two, if so I cant wait for it to come out. GREAT READ for anyone!!!
July 26, 2014
An Awesome Book!
Wade Garret's Genesis: Book One of the Kingdom Come is one of the most epic sci-fi books I've read this year. The characters are so realistic that they almost feel tangible. Although I feel that the dialogue can be improved (I think it's just me not being used to dialogue written like this), the characters' personalities are something I can actually associate with, which is great.

Though the novel is quite long, Garret's talent made me flip through my e-reader like a steam engine, almost non-stop, and I finished the book in a few days. However, the prologue with Black didn’t really catch my attention as much as the actual first chapter did, but I’m pretty glad that I didn’t drop the novel as the chapters after the prologue makes up for it.
With each scene painted in full colours and vividness, I can imagine each event happening in my head. If you like books with great detail, you will like how Garret explained his world from how the buildings line up on the road to how some characters choose to wear their clothing.
Even though I'm not usually a fan of past tense and third-person in writing, I was still astounded by the amount of detail and effort put in the making of this novel. The different point of views of the characters were confusing at first, when views switched from character to character, but I got used to it, and truth be told, I actually liked it.
All in all, this is one novel sci-fi fans shouldn't miss. Thanks Garret for sharing your story with us and I'm looking forward to the second book.
March 2, 2014
Fantastic Debut
Genesis is a magnificent debut and something Wade Garret should be proud of. The scope is reminiscent of some of the epic series of the 70s and 80s, and will draw comparisons to Dune and the Wheel of Time. Garret has created a grand example of world building, full of a fascinating landscape, people and technology that should serve him well in the future as he returns to it in future installments. His characters are rich and well-developed, and their motivations are clear and reasonable. The combination of setting and characters creates an enjoyable and exciting tale that draws the reader in and won't let them go.
However, in the interest of balance there are some sections of the book that drag, and it could use a good editor to deal with some grammatical and structural issues, but these are minor and really do not detract from the book. Wade Garret should be pleased with himself and readers of SF should watch for his future releases.
December 30, 2013
I started reading this book and haven't been able to put it down.
Going to recommend this one to anyone who appreciates this genre!
December 8, 2013
Wonderful world you can sink your teeth into. Story telling executed in a fantastic style that makes you want to keep reading. The characters jump off the page and make you believe in their journey. Good till then end. When is the next one?
November 1, 2013
Long book, worth the read.
I am not usually one for reading the longer Sci-Fi novels, but Genesis was definitely worth time. Garret really does a great job providing the physical and social landscape of this world. Fantastic imagination went into the different classes of people, especially of the Arete. The characters and relationships in this book are another great strength. I give the book 4 stars because Garret has created a compelling and complex story that will leave you wanting more, but there are some editorial issues that keep it from perfect. I am certainly waiting for the next book in this series.
November 1, 2013
Converted Science-Fiction/Fantasy reader
Ok so I have to say I'm not a huge science-fiction/fantasy person, but this book definitely has made me think twice about my reading list. One of the best books I've read in a long time! It took me some time to get thru it because I'm not use to the flow of a fantasy story but I loved the overall story. This writer has a way of making the reader feel very invested in the characters. The heroes you will absolutely love and find yourself shouting out loud when they come upon misfortune and the villains you will love as well with their extreme complexity nothing is quite what it seems. A very involved and in-depth story from start to finish, I was so sad when I reached the end but I'm so excited for the second book to come out. I can't wait to see where this story goes. Not a book for the faint of heart, but I have no doubt that most geeks out there will love this book. I have been converted, so glad I picked this one up!!! Happy reading!
September 18, 2013
Fantastic characters, dark plot
This is his first book published? I am impressed! A lot of action and an entire list characters that bring emotion to a fantastic and dark plot. Looking forward to more from Jak and company.
September 18, 2013
Garret's characters are memorable and compelling, and his creativity and originality within the fantasy genre makes him a remarkable storyteller. This one is a keeper. Wade Garret delivers the key elements of great science fiction: an authentic and detailed future-world; realistic, relatable characters to live in it; and a taut, thoughtful story. Garret's supple, muscular writing is the icing on the cake.

The scene setting and storytelling are so detailed that I felt like I woke up after dreaming in the beginning of the story and walked alongside the characters. I love how the story unfolds like an elaborate piece of origami. If you are looking for a story you can really get lost in with characters you feel like you know then buy this book now. You won't be sorry


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