The Darwin Variant
Kenneth Johnson plunges readers into a day-after-tomorrow thriller about an imminent global catastrophe and explores how ordinary people respond to extraordinary circumstances.
When the icy shards of a rogue comet fall to Earth, they bring an unknown virus that accelerates evolution to extremes. Suddenly, infected plants grow stronger, choking out those uninfected. Animal...more
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Mr. Johnson has chosen to tell his tale in a documentary form, with the characters relating the story after the fact. Additional details are filled in with security cameras, voice and flight data recorders, television footage, and unclassified communications wit ...more
The Darwin Variant is described as a ‘day-after-tomorrow thriller’ full of catastrophe and danger. I found it to be reminiscent of a lot of science fiction already out there, which can be considered good or bad depending on your opinion on the matter. The earlier parts reminded me of half a dozen space collision stories out there, while the latter half reminded me very much of Annihilation.
Publishing Date: June 2018
Publisher’s Description: When the icy shards of a rogue comet fall to Earth, they bring an unknown virus that accelerates evolution to extremes. Suddenly, infected plants grow stronger, choking out those uninfected. Animals turn aggressive and deadly. The eyes of loved ones go cold, and infected neighbors begin exhibiting signs of brutal domination.
Review: Honestly I did not give this novel ...more
This was the first "oral history" style book that I've read, so I should preface the review with the fact that I didn't really enjoy that perspective. The story was a little bit "Armageddon" coupled with a helping of "The Andromeda Strain". The constant shifting of accounts, without any real character depth, made it hard for me to really care about the story. I didn't really feel committed to the plot. Without compelling ...more
I was iffy on the structure of the story; ...more
This book is written as a documentary of a past event.
We begin this book with the discovery of a meteor in a direct collision course with Earth. Global cooperation is needed to find a solution to stop the meteor from destroying Earth and all of humanity. Working together the nations of the world succeed in saving Earth with only a few fragments of the meteor crashing to the surface. This is wher ...more
The Darwin Variant is a blend of sci fi, horror, and thriller that re imagines a world where the Earth has a close call with a comet and believes themselves to be in the clear only to be found that it is infected with some kind of alien virus that turns the population encountering it into what amounts to a bunch of doped up, super intelligent, horny, power hungry humans. Disclaimer up front for anyone interested in this book - i ...more
I have only one big and one smaller issue with this part. The big one is a clichéd, unrealistic description of the main protagonist's autistic sister. She is more "Rain Man" than real life autist. The small one is that the reports being used to tell parts of the story, did not survive very well the move to Kindle format: The des ...more
This has to be one of the best books I've read in years! The characters are well developed - you feel like this could be people you kn ...more
A new type of dystopian novel. A comet headed for Earth is blasted before it strikes, but a path of meteorites leave changes to plants, animals, and humans. Can the aggression be stopped or are we headed for a new world?
Scary book with a lot of science involved and scientists.
I loved the characters...well, most of them. That will make sense when you read the book. It will definitely keep you entertained and make you think about...life.
Applaud the author’s attempt to use multiple first person POV characters. Good story, but the ambitious effort to bring a unique approach created some pacing issues and a distracting and sometimes inconsistent transitions. Overall it was OK, but not a strong recommendation.
As a lover of Science Fiction I at first found the concept interesting but it really didn't settle well for me, but then it was different, i love to read so I worked my way through it.
Of some interest, others may like the style and substance but a little slow for me.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from NetGalley and 47North in exchange for ...more
Discovering that a meteor is on a collision course with Earth, nations must work together to survive. They are successful in destroying the meteor, but fragments crash to the Earth's surface. Something in those fragments begins to alter human, animal, and plant life. They begin to change and become aggressive; some have a deadly agenda.
There are people immune to the fragments and the changes they brought about. They must find a cure and stop ...more
Emmy Award Winning shows.
Director of numerous TV movies and the feature films Short Circuit 2, and Steel.
Winner of the prestigious Viewers for Quality Television Award, multiple Saturn
Awards, The Sci-Fi Universe Life Achievement Award, plus nominations for
Writers Guild and Mystery Writers of America Awards, among others.