Unknown9: Genesis – Book Review

Unknown 9: Genesis: Book One of the Genesis Trilogy by Layton Green

Strange hallucinations have plagued PhD student Andie Robertson throughout her life. After years of consulting doctors, she decided the visions were a glitch in her own mind—until her mentor, the famous physicist Dr. James Corwin, is murdered in Italy, and Andie finds a stack of ink drawings in his office that bear a remarkable resemblance to her hallucinations.

Shocked, Andie digs deeper and learns that Dr. Corwin developed a device that might shed light on the very nature of reality. She is even more stunned to discover that her mother, an academic who disappeared when Andie was a young girl, might also be involved.

Determined to find answers, Andie follows a trail of clues placed by Dr. Corwin, for reasons unknown, in museums and cultural sites around the world, highlighting human achievement as well as a tapestry of secret knowledge woven into the threads of history.

Yet Andie is not the only one searching. Powerful forces know of her mentor’s invention, including a mysterious elite society that spans borders and will stop at nothing to find the device. Now a target herself, Andie and a disgraced journalist embark on a perilous journey that might hold the key to a new frontier of knowledge—and which also promises to unlock the doors of her past.

Andie is left with a cryptic message from her mentor and father-figure that leads her on a globe-trotting adventure.

Unknown 9: Genesis is told from several points of view, though it’s easy to catch up an follow the vastly different characters. This first installment in the series is a pulse-pounding thriller. The origins of the secret society following Andie is told from flashbacks throughout the novel, as well as a mysterious scientific breakthrough.

This is a fast-paced and exciting novel. With fun clues to follow and danger always lingering, I found it hard to put down. It’s difficult to trust anyone Andie comes into contact with. And there are several surprises along the way. I’m eager to learn more about the science elements as well as secret societies in the next installment.

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