May 06, 2019

#BookReview for Red Genesis (Red Genesis #1) by Kailin Gow


Synopsis: ALA YALSA Award-winning Author Kailin Gow's newest Science Fiction Post-Apocalypse Thriller.

If you liked Bird Box and The Quiet Place, you will enjoy RED GENESIS.

Evie was born on a new Earth that had no oxygen. When she was only 13 years old, her mother had to step outside of their underground shelter for an errand. She had been missing ever since. But with her mother's careful instructions and training, Evie has been able to survive for the last 5 years.

She knows there are dangerous creatures outside of the underground shelter who travel with the wind and feeds on people's fear. They have killed many humans on the surface when they first appeared. Did her mother meet the same demise?

Now at 18 years old with the shelter deteriorating and in need of fresh supplies, Evie is about to embark on the same errand and face the deadly creatures above. What will she find and can she survive?
 
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About the Author:  
Kailin Gow is an internationally-recognized multi-award-winning multi-genres USA bestselling Asian American author and woman director/filmmaker who has written and published over 400 books under Kailin Gow and her pen names. Considered a digital publishing pioneer, her books have been downloaded over 10 Million times around the world. She is known as one of the most prolific authors internationally who not only writes novels but screenplays fast, but of world-class quality they win prestigious awards like the ALA YALSA Awards and Los Angeles Film Awards. Besides having gone to law school, she holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from USC and Drama/Film and Social Ecology Degrees from UC Irvine. She has also been a longtime member of TED Talks. She is the first Taiwanese American author to have sold over 1 million books and to be featured on Amazon.com's homepage as an indie Author Success Story. The first Asian American woman who is independently published to appear on Amazon's homepage as an Author Success Story, she has written many novels featuring authentic Asian American characters, especially Chinese historic figures, Chinese American women characters such as Amazon Lee and her family, and strong women characters. She also represented Amazon as an author spokesperson during Amazon's Kindle Family Launch press conference in Santa Monica and at Book Expo America where she was an invited speaker. A digital publishing pioneer, she was one of the first authors and publisher to publish digitally back in 2001. 


Prior to becoming a full-time author and filmmaker, she worked as an Exec in charge of Legal and Production at Walt Disney Company, a writer/producer for Cable Television, an Exec at high tech start ups, and Exec at Fortune 100 Hotel and Travel Corporations where she has managed and trained hundreds of employees on world-class service and operations. She has also been a professional model, a tour director, journalist, re-organization consultant, a secret mystery shopper/consultant for top brands, and professional speaker who has been an invited speaker at Book Expo America, Girl Scouts, and Asian America Heritage Week, and more! 

Her family has also been influential in promoting culture. They helped financially supported the Crazy Rich Asian movement that help brought the film to #1 in the box office. Kailin Gow has also pledged as a producer, writer, and director to cast at least 1 Asian American man in each of her productions because of their lack of representation on screen. In 2018, she established an imprint called Sparklesoup Diverse Books to published books of diversity in the U.S. and globally.

Rating: 🌟
My Review: I was so excited to get a copy of this title when it came out.  But sadly that excitement was short lived.  This book suffers from the same thing a lot of indie and self pub books suffer from....bad editing.  The book starts out with weird word choices and bad formatting. And it just doesn't get any better.  It reminded me of an episode of Fallout Shelter to start with.  With a girl being left alone in some kind of vault her mother leaves her there and now she's all alone.  So this 13 year old who was left alone is now 18. 


The story felt very choppy with leaning about how her mother disappeared and then another girl shows up all of sudden.  I did like the idea of the monsters and yes if you have seen Bird Box and shows of its kind this is totally like those creatures in those movies.  

The romance was very odd as very convenient. Parts this story reminded me of another one called Under the Never Sky.  Which was a very good story.  But where that one felt like it knew where it wanted to go and how to get there.  This one felt like it had lost its map.  

In the end I am glad that I had the opportunity to check this one out but sadly I think it needed a little more work to be a great story. 






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