My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Burrows Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book reminded me greatly of a scientific theory I once read on the internet. It was called the Zoo Theory and it talks about how some scientists believe that a superior and more advanced alien species came to earth and helped boost our evolutionary status, by playing around with our genetics and theirs – therefore creating the humanoids through a mixture of native biology (maybe apes) and alien biology (theirs). Some also theorise that the Garden of Eden was in fact a laboratory and the many exotic animals in the garden were a result of experimentation. William Dietrich obviously has a rich history with science and this book is the first one I met that uses at least an element of that theory (which is my favourite) – hence the 4 star. He does well combining romance and science, yet it seems to lack something. The book is a first point of view by the main character Nick; and that seemed to restrict the plot of the story. If William Dietrich had used both Nick’s and Ellie’s point of views, the story would have had much more romance, tension, anticipation, etc. all the things that make a great book. Yet his description of the prehistoric times is very vivid and clear. His description of our ancestors and their society probably quite accurate. The animals he describes are too current in my opinion, such as the vultures, lions and wildebeest. I would recommend this book to all the science nerds and geeks out in the world. All in all, I would have given this book a 5 star if not for its few comebacks. Congratulations to William Dietrich for yet another successfully published book!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!