My Thoughts

The God Gene, by Jaymie Simmon – A Review

indexCancer researcher Rosalind Evans discovers a message in our DNA. The genetic code at the centre of the second chromosome spells out the ten commandments.

The characters in this book are beautifully drawn, and three dimensional. The transformation of the protagonist is entirely believable. There’s a great deal of scientific information in this book, but it’s delivered in a natural way. I never felt like scenes were contrived in order to convey information. The pace is fast, intense at times, making for an exciting read.

Given the title of this book, and the description, I knew going in there was going to be a fair bit of religious content. However, given its billing as literary fiction (the category in which it won at the Indie Excellence Awards), and the reviews that list it as science fiction, I expected the science to dominate over religion. I was disappointed to discover the reverse is true. It comes across as preachy almost from the beginning. It’s based on the premise that everyone in the world either follows an Abrahamic religion and reads the old testament, or is wrong. As one who is wrong, according to the narrative, I couldn’t buy into the conclusion, so for me it ended with a fizzle instead of a bang.

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