It is really hard for me to review this book. I know that authors put so much hard work into their books. And it truly breaks my heart when I give a bad rating, especially to an indie author. But in the end, this is all about my personal opinion and I just have to be honest.
Dark Genesis is about Alyssa, a young woman who wakes up in a world full of magic. She knows that she originally stems from the Earth as we know it because she has memories of cars, technology and so on. Yet, she doesn't remember anything concerning her own life. Soon, she finds out that when she kills one of the monsters that this world seems to hold many of with a pentagramm engraved somewhere on its body, she will retrieve one precious memory from her past.
So, Alyssa sets out on a mission to retrieve her memories and subsequently free the world of witches from its baddest monsters. Because in the alternate world, everyone is born with some kind of magic. The different coven of witches have produced numerous kinds of monsters in their pursuit of power. Alyssa quickly finds friends even though some of them seem to keep turning out to be traitors. I thought the plot was quite predictable most of the times (there was one surprise in the end that I didn't see coming).
There's a lot of potential in this world-building and it could have been a wonderful novel. But, I couldn't really get into it, not into the story, the characters, the world, anything. I also wasn't a big fan of the writing either. Here an example:
"The hardship that they'd shared had obviously had the adverse effect of bringing them closer in the end, however. Something good could come out of something as awful as what they'd experienced."
Ehm, alright. Like I'm so dumb that I can't figure this out myself and it has to be spelled out right into my face. I don't like to be treated as a stupid reader. Emotions, deductions, all this should be between the lines and up to the reader's interpretation while reading. I couldn't feel anything for the characters. Especially Alyssa wasn't very authentic, I just didn't believe her. Whenever she said she felt bad or happy, I couldn't believe it.
I was also a bit confused with the world-building. If this was a completely alternate version of the Earth, why would the witches call Japan also Japan? I mean why do they come up with the same name for it? And that was just one of many questions.
So, even though it sounded promising I didn't like the novel very much. I can still see why others might like it though which is why I still give it a 2.5 fairy rating. The author has an extremely creative mind and the story never slows down and moves with speed and action.
At the end, there are still questions left unanswered. But unfortunately, this doesn't leave me curious for the next part in what is supposed to be a trilogy (which should definitely be marked as such on Goodreads).
*I received this book by Dave Ferraro to read and review for the Read It & Reap programm of the Goodreads group Shut Up & Read.*
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)