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The Darwin Variant

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  158 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 458 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by 47North
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Dee Arr
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, sci-fi
Author Kenneth Johnson’s book begins as an apocalyptic sci-fi story which quickly morphs into a horror novel before concluding with a sci-fi thriller ending. This book is a fast and entertaining ride, though not without a few speed bumps.

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
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story. Could easily explain the current political/societal stupidity, minus the novel's happy ending. So compelling, I might have finished it in a day but for the kindle's need to recharge.
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I received a copy of The Darwin Variant through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

Publishing Date: June 2018


Genre: SciFi

Rating: DNF

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
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and I can really see this being turned into a series on tv. I would definitely be watching.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was given this book for free with Netgalley for a fair and honest review.

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
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-won
There’s an old Cherokee parable that says we all have two wolves inside us: one is evil (anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, ego) and the other is good (joy, love, hope, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion). Which wolf wins? The one we feed. Johnson has crafted a story that shows how science is neither good nor evil; it’s all in how people apply that science, or which wolf we choose to feed. It’s an interesting scenario.

I was iffy on the structure of the story;
Lisa Henderson-Farr
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to 47North and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

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
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The first 90% of this book is a page turner. Light, good entertainment. The documentary style of telling the story – through multiple characters and reports – works well.

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
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
There were times when I wondered where this was going. What starts out as a comet heading to Earth turns into a race to find a cure for a infection brought by the comet. The story line is very complex. The list of characters is very diverse and the story often changes points of view using all in the plot line. The world building and backstory are very well done. This is a tension filled story with danger at every corner. The solution and the person who finds it are both a surprise. More a thrill ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Earth-destroying meteor headed to earth. Earth tries to destroy meteor but succeeds only into blowing it into fragments. These fragments each contain the 'Darwin Variant'. Areas where each land find plants suddenly growing fruit and vegetables 10 times normal size. Each person partaking of these new items is changed in a major way - not necessarily for the better.
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
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A New World?

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
Deb Doboszenski
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great premise, needs better character development

Pretty good premise for a book, but too many perspectives some of them only a paragraph long. It was hard to get too know the characters. Would have been a 5 star with better character development. The idea of a virus coming from space via a comet was interesting. Would have liked to know about the origin of the virus.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this through a book give away. It is an apocalyptic sci-fi story about a comet on a collision course with Earth and how ordinary people respond to extraordinary circumstances. Mr. Johnson makes the idea of the story very real and possible. But I found the ending a sappy for my taste. Over all it is a very good book.
Bob Oakley
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting story, distracting execution

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.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley, who provided an advance copy of this novel, in exchange for an honest book review.

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.
Charmaine Burns
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Kenneth Johnson delivers another mind-blowing story!
I couldn't wait to read this after devouring his Man of Legends last year. Hope both stories are made into films ... please!
Denise Fountain
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unique story telling.

This book was written entirely in an interview manner. Each character tells his or her experience to a documentarian. Very unique. Sometimes slow moving, but overall worth the read.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

Good book. I liked how the story developed from each character's point of view. If Preston & Child and Dan Brown are your style, you are sure to like this book.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Read for NetGalley
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just lovely

While the story may have wandered a bit, the path led the reader along a compelling trail. One of the best endings I've read in a long time .
Lane B Wooten
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

Good read. Has some unexpected twists and turns. I enjoyed it. Didn’t know this guy produced the six million dollar man.
Michael Hays
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow...i did not see that coming

I absolutely love Man of Legend, so I was really pumped for this book.
Johnson does not disappoint. This book weaves one hell of a tale
doris garritt
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Fast paced novel, which was truly novel( new). All of the characters were fleshed out and engaging. Best by this author imho
Kimberley B Pinzon
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting Read

I liked the narrative framework - using supposed emails, texts, etc. to tell the story. The ending was a little too idealistic for me.
Melissa Miles
Jun 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this. The plot is a rehash of The Food of the Gods, and the writing is awful.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

A well paced tale, complete with angels, demons, and tweeners. The ending was well intentioned, no doubt. Just not balanced, not well considered.
SA Schlueter
The core of the story is there: at some times brilliant, other times in need of some more serious editorial feedback and control. Some content after the situational setup will cause some, if not many, to put the book aside due to explicit and disturbing behaviors. Good tension for opening setup, then wandering between intense story-telling interspersed with sections that should have been removed with more prudent editing

I received an Advance Reader Copy from NetGalley and 47North in exchange for
Italia Gandolfo
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Part sci-fi, part horror, part thriller--ALL suspense!

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
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Around the Year i...: The Darwin Variant, by Kenneth C.Johnson 1 6 May 20, 2018 08:43PM  
Creator of V, The Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation, The Bionic Woman and other
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.
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