Friday, May 1, 2020

The 6th Extinction by James Rollins

When a secret US military lab studying new types of nucleic acids malfunctions, rescuers arrive only to find that everything within fifty square miles is dead. Sigma Force's Commander Gray Pierce and his team are called in to research the "blight" and find out how to stop it- using clues from the past and current technology. Traveling across the world, Gray's team must find out more about this experimental nucleic acid. From ancient caverns under Antarctica harboring unknown life to Columbia's tepuis, where animals have lived undisturbed for thousands of years, they race to stop the sixth extinction- the annihilation of mankind.

I enjoyed reading this book for its nonstop action and suspense. Many of the ideas mentioned, such as gene editing and human influence on nature, were very interesting to read about. The book kept me on the edge of my seat. Although I don't really like Rollins' writing style, the book was still enthralling. I think people who have read Rollins' books in the past, especially his Sigma Force novels, would like reading this novel. More generally, people who enjoy action and adventure novels, or a novel with historical evidence, would like this book as well. I recommend this book if you want to read a good thriller.

Reviewed by NK, Grade 10
Montrose Library

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