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Runaway teenager Liz wants nothing more than an ordinary life. But when she’s abducted off the streets, Liz learns her government has other plans. In a future ruled by a ruthless dictator, there’s no place for the weak, and she’s spirited away to a facility deep in the Californian mountains. There, Liz wakes in a cage – and she’s not alone. Beside her, eighteen-year-old C Runaway teenager Liz wants nothing more than an ordinary life. But when she’s abducted off the streets, Liz learns her government has other plans. In a future ruled by a ruthless dictator, there’s no place for the weak, and she’s spirited away to a facility deep in the Californian mountains. There, Liz wakes in a cage – and she’s not alone. Beside her, eighteen-year-old Chris stands wrongfully accused of treason. The two are now volunteers in the Genome Project – an experimental program to enhance the human race. Stripped of their rights, they will soon learn the true depths of human cruelty. The two must work together to survive, but even then, their chances are slim. Of course, only the lucky get to die. Blending the dystopian Hunger Games with the powers and the insane experiments of Stranger Things, fans will love this new imagining of the not-so-distant future. Enter an all new world with New York Times Bestselling Author, Aaron Hodges.


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Runaway teenager Liz wants nothing more than an ordinary life. But when she’s abducted off the streets, Liz learns her government has other plans. In a future ruled by a ruthless dictator, there’s no place for the weak, and she’s spirited away to a facility deep in the Californian mountains. There, Liz wakes in a cage – and she’s not alone. Beside her, eighteen-year-old C Runaway teenager Liz wants nothing more than an ordinary life. But when she’s abducted off the streets, Liz learns her government has other plans. In a future ruled by a ruthless dictator, there’s no place for the weak, and she’s spirited away to a facility deep in the Californian mountains. There, Liz wakes in a cage – and she’s not alone. Beside her, eighteen-year-old Chris stands wrongfully accused of treason. The two are now volunteers in the Genome Project – an experimental program to enhance the human race. Stripped of their rights, they will soon learn the true depths of human cruelty. The two must work together to survive, but even then, their chances are slim. Of course, only the lucky get to die. Blending the dystopian Hunger Games with the powers and the insane experiments of Stranger Things, fans will love this new imagining of the not-so-distant future. Enter an all new world with New York Times Bestselling Author, Aaron Hodges.

59 review for Reborn: A Science Fiction Thriller

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie ~ The Biblioholic

    I don't know if it's because my mind was in the right place or if I was in the mood to be wowed, but this story, The Genome Project, it hit the right spot for me. It was intriguing and mysterious and horrific and wonderful! So here's what it's about: 💉 it's the year 2051, the United States is no more, and the characters live in the Western Allied States. 💉 the world seems to be overrun by creatures known as Chead, who seem to be altered humans. I'm sure more information about them will come as I don't know if it's because my mind was in the right place or if I was in the mood to be wowed, but this story, The Genome Project, it hit the right spot for me. It was intriguing and mysterious and horrific and wonderful! So here's what it's about: 💉 it's the year 2051, the United States is no more, and the characters live in the Western Allied States. 💉 the world seems to be overrun by creatures known as Chead, who seem to be altered humans. I'm sure more information about them will come as the series progresses. All I know so far is that they're extremely terrifying. 💉 right from the start, Chris became a leading star of this story. My heart broke for this character and the many obstacles he had to face. What is the government doing with his mom and all of the other moms out there??? 💉 in the beginning, Liz didn't come across as a sympathetic character. She grinned and smiled and smirked at the pain of others who happened to be in the same boat she was. Who does that??? However, by the end, she found an ally in me. 💉 the children of so-called traitors are 'saved from death' by being forced to act as lab rats. They are injected with an experimental serum and it seems that they will be used as weapons against the cheads. 💉 the kids are pitted against each other in a bid to see the strongest survive. I'm talking some seriously traumatic happenings here, people! 💉 and so much more! I enjoyed the introduction to this series so much. In fact, I'll be reading book two in just a minute. The author's writing kept me engaged, the story was fast-paced, and the characters have begun to chip away at my heart. What happened to Sam and Ashley? What truths will the next book reveal? And is there a real romance brewing between Liz and Chris or was that just isolation talking and doing? So yeah, book two in my hands is a must!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Harris

    I found it interesting that the story is based primarily from the perspective of the subjects of the experiment. Many stories are based around the scientist/doctor who is trying to solve some kind of problem, but this point of view gives a different look at it. There are also interesting characters who are not overly cartoonish, although they often fit into common tropes. I struggled to accept the premise and some of the science/history behind the plot, but after suspending my disbelief I was ab I found it interesting that the story is based primarily from the perspective of the subjects of the experiment. Many stories are based around the scientist/doctor who is trying to solve some kind of problem, but this point of view gives a different look at it. There are also interesting characters who are not overly cartoonish, although they often fit into common tropes. I struggled to accept the premise and some of the science/history behind the plot, but after suspending my disbelief I was able to enjoy this quick read. It does feel like only the beginning, so I might continue with the second book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Utterly Excellent When the author states that this book may not be "everyone's cup of tea" I believe you have truly underestimated yourself !! This book is an amalgamation of free thinking characters that seem to individually evolve into each of their own unique personalities. In addition to being brutalized into becoming new "tools" or "weapons" for the government, this group of PEOPLE discover a new found strength from within that not only redefine their very nature, but which also forces other Utterly Excellent When the author states that this book may not be "everyone's cup of tea" I believe you have truly underestimated yourself !! This book is an amalgamation of free thinking characters that seem to individually evolve into each of their own unique personalities. In addition to being brutalized into becoming new "tools" or "weapons" for the government, this group of PEOPLE discover a new found strength from within that not only redefine their very nature, but which also forces others to redefine themselves as a result. Capable of empathy and compassion, they also discover that the term of "humanity" itself is not some singular, static definition of restricting characteristics, but rather, it is a term - even a concept - that expresses a fluid and forever changing dynamic expression that continuously manifests expansive and inclusive traits found in all forms of life. And still it remains true to the science fiction story telling flow of this generation's long-reaching accomplishments. A worthy read to say the least.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. Kids being kidnapped by an authoritarian government to be medical test subjects and front-line soldiers in the fight against crazed super-fast cannibalistic humans? Shattered United States? I'm normally here for it. However, the writing style was just not for me, and definitely broke my suspension of disbelief around the second injection. (view spoiler)[ Making them faster and stronger by messing with their genetic code? Absolutely. This is believable. I wanted to like this book more than I did. Kids being kidnapped by an authoritarian government to be medical test subjects and front-line soldiers in the fight against crazed super-fast cannibalistic humans? Shattered United States? I'm normally here for it. However, the writing style was just not for me, and definitely broke my suspension of disbelief around the second injection. (view spoiler)[ Making them faster and stronger by messing with their genetic code? Absolutely. This is believable. The DNA-meddling suddenly making them sprout functioning wings complete with feathers that coordinate with their hair? Nah, son. Nah. At least in Jurassic Park they were splicing in other reptiles, not a completely different class of animals. (hide spoiler)] From then on, it was basically a free-fall, and I'm not sure I'm invested enough to read the sequel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Holly Mavigliano

    Creepy Well told story of a possible near future. Weird science, a split America, human greed. The doctors\scientists only want to save the children of the traitors who were sentenced to death, right? Wrong....... they want to use them - to change them. This is the first in a series, but can be read as a standalone. Very well written, the story flows, and you get a good sense of who the characters are. Recommended

  6. 5 out of 5

    Khoward50

    I really enjoy this type of writing. Will definitely try to read this series. However, it seemed so familiar to me so wondering if I saw a movie similar to this story. If you are a fan of dystopian books, you will enjoy this story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicky Webber

    Set thirty years in the future this story is rich with action and emotional tension. Some states in USA have gained independence before a greater threat impacts their lives. Well written with totally believable and all absorbing characters take you on their roller coaster ride.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kira Thurgood

    *I received a free e-copy of this book via BookBub.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Fairless

    Book One of a continuing story Pageturning adventure thriller with romance and violence. Each book has one main villain to kill. Book One has the doctor who oversaw the transformation of the 7 to winged teenagers. They escape with two of them recaptured. The story continues. There is some sex.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Boheman

    Interesting! At first, it felt like the premise of that James Patterson book. But I loved the writing so I kept going. Very current, very in depth character development. I really enjoyed it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    michael fultz

    old king style Fast gripping old style nail biter that will grab ahold of you a dark foreboding definitely this will not end with skipping thru the flowers and sunshine but it will grip you tight

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teri Ruscak

    Aaron Hodges Reborn: A Science Fiction Thriller (The Evolution Gene Book 1) ARC REVIEW Chris I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would when I started it. This dystopian book involves a cruel government that captures Chris and others as enemies of the state, and secrets them away to a facility hidden in the mountains, where experiments are performed on them, as well as making them fight each other to the death. In the end they escape, however I won't spoil HOW they escape, lol. Aaron Hodges Reborn: A Science Fiction Thriller (The Evolution Gene Book 1) ARC REVIEW Chris I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would when I started it. This dystopian book involves a cruel government that captures Chris and others as enemies of the state, and secrets them away to a facility hidden in the mountains, where experiments are performed on them, as well as making them fight each other to the death. In the end they escape, however I won't spoil HOW they escape, lol.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Book one of a 3-book series. This review applies to all three of the books. Tedious to the nth degree! Teenagers are tortured and experimented on to turn them into mutants who can overwhelm earlier mutants that the government created. After pages and pages of gruesome physical and emotional pain, the new mutants have to fight, fight, and, you guessed it, fight against their creators, the previous mutants, and the general public. The author also throws in cheap plot twists, like the death of chara Book one of a 3-book series. This review applies to all three of the books. Tedious to the nth degree! Teenagers are tortured and experimented on to turn them into mutants who can overwhelm earlier mutants that the government created. After pages and pages of gruesome physical and emotional pain, the new mutants have to fight, fight, and, you guessed it, fight against their creators, the previous mutants, and the general public. The author also throws in cheap plot twists, like the death of characters who later reappear with unbelievable tales of survival and the spontaneous acquisition of new talents whenever necessary. This went on for 1200 pages!!!! I would never have kept reading it if I had not been trapped in a 16-hour car trip with nothing else to read. Don't waste your time!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Mckenzie

    This has got to be one of the most surprising nooks that I have ever read. It's one I have been meaning to read for a long time and I am so glad that I finally got round to reading it! I loved it that much that I have already borrowed the next two books on kindle unlimited. This book had so many surprises and twists and turns to it that it actually surprised me! I am now a huge fan of this author's work and how he writes! The character development is simply amazing and I adored each character an This has got to be one of the most surprising nooks that I have ever read. It's one I have been meaning to read for a long time and I am so glad that I finally got round to reading it! I loved it that much that I have already borrowed the next two books on kindle unlimited. This book had so many surprises and twists and turns to it that it actually surprised me! I am now a huge fan of this author's work and how he writes! The character development is simply amazing and I adored each character and how different they all are from each other. I simply can't wait to find out more about the characters in the next books. I highly recommend this book and this author and it's well worth the 5*!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth✨

    I do not know how accurate my review will be for people, because my review might just be a personal preference. Anyway... I think the story idea is interesting and not too bad. HOWEVER, I don’t like how this is written. I prefer more of a POV from the characters themselves, not a narrator. It was hard for me to follow the story, who was talking, and what was going on because there was a lot of things happening. If they would have focused on one or two characters POV, I think I would have been ab I do not know how accurate my review will be for people, because my review might just be a personal preference. Anyway... I think the story idea is interesting and not too bad. HOWEVER, I don’t like how this is written. I prefer more of a POV from the characters themselves, not a narrator. It was hard for me to follow the story, who was talking, and what was going on because there was a lot of things happening. If they would have focused on one or two characters POV, I think I would have been able to read it better and enjoy it. I honestly didn’t even get through the whole book, it was just too annoying for me to try and remember who the narrator was referring to along with what was happening in the story. Not my thing, I will NOT be trying to read this one again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann M. Shepard

    A New Beginning I really enjoyed this book. Lost a lot of sleep since l couldn't stop reading. Definitely not a boring book.lm looking forward to the next one in the series. A New Beginning I really enjoyed this book. Lost a lot of sleep since l couldn't stop reading. Definitely not a boring book.lm looking forward to the next one in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    CASSANDRA M Cantrill

    Human genome experiments, is scifi at its finest. In desperation, the shattered united states seize children and genetically mutate them, to fight a genetically mutated threat. It is only after declaring their families traitors, that they are able to subjugate the children without society being aware, and experiment upon them to their hearts desire.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura Steinert

    Okay, there is one major flaw in the "science" of this science fiction story, but I just accept it--after all, I can enjoy were-coyotes and vampires, so why not. Great read. VERY hard to put down. I'm looking forward to the next two installments. VERY glad I found this author. Tons of fun. Okay, there is one major flaw in the "science" of this science fiction story, but I just accept it--after all, I can enjoy were-coyotes and vampires, so why not. Great read. VERY hard to put down. I'm looking forward to the next two installments. VERY glad I found this author. Tons of fun.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrew J.

    This was a good book as far as the writing goes. The characters are rather incompetent. I guess this was to reflect their young age but I found it frustrating. They never once took any weapons from the defeat soldiers.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Nice writing style and a fast pace. The dystopian future doesn't sound completely unreal, although it progresses quickly. Nice writing style and a fast pace. The dystopian future doesn't sound completely unreal, although it progresses quickly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    Too violent so stopped at beginning

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    An excellent start to this series! I really enjoyed it! Really looking forward to the next!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jane Balke Andersen

    It wasn’t terrible, it was okay. I’ve read similar stories and it didn’t grab me enough to really care. I won’t be going on with the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Laing

    Really enjoyed this book! The hardships they endured unbearable, but they remained strong and survive. Can't wait to read to start Renegades. Really enjoyed this book! The hardships they endured unbearable, but they remained strong and survive. Can't wait to read to start Renegades.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hmr28

    DNF

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    I really enjoyed this read. I went dark with several twist. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nan

    Enjoyable, face paced read. This is the 1st book I have read by this author, but it won't be the last. Great intro to a series. Looking forward to the next book. Enjoyable, face paced read. This is the 1st book I have read by this author, but it won't be the last. Great intro to a series. Looking forward to the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book had so much potential. I was intrigued by the fact they were genetically modifying humans, but when it came down to it, it missed the mark.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte Frantz

    Awesome Read I loved this book. The characters are great. I read many genres but this one is such a "pull you in" type. I can't wait to get the next one. Awesome Read I loved this book. The characters are great. I read many genres but this one is such a "pull you in" type. I can't wait to get the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charles Luckraft

  31. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  32. 5 out of 5

    Angee Bartlett

  33. 5 out of 5

    Seoirse Dunbar

  34. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte A. Sund

  35. 5 out of 5

    Julie Hunt

  36. 5 out of 5

    Rene

  37. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  38. 4 out of 5

    Danny Wilkerson

  39. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  40. 5 out of 5

    InexactEarth

  41. 4 out of 5

    Christine Bell

  42. 4 out of 5

    Mary L.

  43. 4 out of 5

    Guy Venturi

  44. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

  45. 4 out of 5

    Misty Morphew hinson

  46. 5 out of 5

    Amy Watson

  47. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  48. 4 out of 5

    Tara Finn

  49. 5 out of 5

    Thomas C

  50. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Davis

  51. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  52. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Gallagher

  53. 5 out of 5

    Christina Korosec

  54. 4 out of 5

    eva mcelmurry

  55. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

  56. 4 out of 5

    diane adams

  57. 5 out of 5

    Mr M

  58. 4 out of 5

    Helen

  59. 4 out of 5

    Thomas G

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