Synopsis (adapted from amazon)
As the world’s population approaches 10 billion people, and severe weather extremes impact crop and livestock production, the demand for and price of food is rising. The American government, as well as other powerful individuals, find themselves looking for intelligent, albeit unlikely heroes in the world of academia. Jarod Farra, a professor of agriculture at Cornell University, quickly finds himself at the forefront of both his longstanding dreams, and perhaps, some of his worst fears. Out of the turmoil and fear of an impending international food shortage, a range of characters come together to perform an experiment that will forever change the world as we know it, and provide new hope for generations to come.
Seeds of Transition is the first book of The Genesis Project series. It’s set in a future world which could be possible. Because of climate change weather is becoming increasingly severe, and more and more crops are failing causing wide spread food shortages and a rise is food prices. The government in America are trying to come up with a solution, and that’s where the Genesis project come in. A carefully managed farm in a controlled environment, a sort of giant greenhouse with every type of gadgetry you could think of to create the perfect environment to grow plants and support animal life.
When I found out this was the first in series I couldn’t quite get my head around the idea that it could make enough of a plot to be more than one book. At least not without minute detail which might be a bit tedious.
In a way I was right. There was quite a lot more to the plot than the central theme of transforming farming to cope with a new need. There were a fair few little sub-plots which weren’t terribly related. As we saw the Genesis Project through Jarod’s eyes we did see a lot of his life in general, and that would have been unrealistic if it was all about work and nothing more personal. Maybe the personal took up a bit too much of the plot, but at the same time it was a nice plot in itself, and provided some light relief. There was one of these extra plot lines that I didn’t really understand the inclusion of, however, especially as it came at a time when other parts of the plot were really grabbing my attention.
The chapters were split up into two stories (generally speaking) that of the president, and that of Jarod. These two storylines both held my interest pretty well, although Jarod’s storyline was a bit slower starting, but probably overtook the president’s storyline. In a way it was frustrating to finish a chapter and not continue along a storyline I was interested in. Even so I quickly got back into the other storyline. At first however it felt like there were several storylines going on at once which was a little difficult to follow, I found it easier later on when the early storylines melded, having said that one of the original storylines resurfaced (the plot line I spoke of earlier) in a place where it seemed unnecessary, and I had to keep flicking back and forth between the pages to actually get a grip on what had happened.
By the end I was thinking I’d like to know what happened next, and not just because of the cliff hanger at the end, but also because I wanted to know what happened in other plot lines and how the Genesis Project worked.
Worth a read although the beginning may be a struggle.
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