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Reviews for Genesis Alpha

"Skillfully interweaving science fiction and cyberspace into a murder mystery, Michaels gives readers a story that is not only difficult to put down but also poses questions that will linger long after the last page is turned. Stay tuned for more from this author."
- Voya

"It's a story that will stay with you long after the covers have been closed, and is worthy of classroom discussion in schools all over the world — and if there's any justice, there will be just that. Highest recommendation."
- R.J. Carter, The Trades

"...philosophical questions of free will, good and evil, and the ethics of reproductive science are at the core of this fascinating, troubling thriller."
- Booklist

"... a fascinating and realistic page-turner, and virtually impossible to put down."
- Kirkus

"... unforgettable protagonist.... terse and powerful sentences, realistic dialogue and gripping pace..."
- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"... a page-turner and fun to read, even with its dark and difficult themes..."
- Library Media Connection

"...Rune Michaels has written a chillingly good thriller with GENESIS ALPHA. With action that never stops, a storyline that is all too believable, and flawless writing, she has managed to write a story that will captivate you from the first page." (more...)"
- TeensReadToo.com

"An adrenaline-charged thriller that also takes a fascinating and unflinching look at some difficult ethical issues, including the origins of good and evil. Genesis Alpha is dark, dangerous, and utterly riveting."
- Kenneth Oppel, Michael L. Printz Honor-winning author of Airborn

"Genesis Alpha is an intriguing tale of one boy facing devastating revelations about his brother and himself. Grappling with age-old questions about good and evil — made even more complicated by modern technology — Josh has to come to terms with his own fate, intertwined with his brother's. Or does he?"
- Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of Among the Hidden
Genesis Alpha
His older brother's latest hobby: murder?
Josh worships his older brother, Max. They look alike, they sound alike, and they both have the same interests, including their favorite multiplayer online role-playing game, Genesis Alpha. But Josh and Max have an even deeper connection. When Max was sick with cancer, it was Josh's stem cells, harvested when Josh was just a baby, that saved Max's life.

Then, during a game of Genesis Alpha, Max is arrested in his college dorm room for the brutal murder of a young girl. As Josh tries to reconcile the brother he knew with the monster they talk about on television, he also has to deal with his own guilt: If his cells had not saved Max's life, would this girl still be alive? But this is only the beginning, and soon, Josh will come to a number of startling revelations—revelations that have dire implication not only for Max's future, but for Josh's as well...
Genesis Alpha was chosen for the NYPL Books for the Teen Age 2008 list. It also won the Prix Farniente prize in Belgium and the Gayant Lecture prize in France.
Foreign rights have sold to France, Germany, Korea and Portugal.
Young adult thriller, US edition, May 2007 / UK edition, October 2007, 208 pages
Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon & Schuster