*Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers for the free copy, in exchange for an honest review
Coming from The Eye of God, I expected nothing less from James Rollins' The Sixth Extinction, and my expectations were met. This was a book I expressly requested from the publishers, and I was happy they granted my request. The Sixth Extinction was exciting, engaging, chock full of adventures, and mind-blowing -- elements I've come to expect from Rollins' crafty writing.
One of the things I like about books is that they make me aware of new things, like Antarctica's hidden secrets, and developments in science, which are both horrifying and fascinating to discover. (I'm glad Rollins was nice enough to separate fact from fiction at the end of the book!) What I especially liked about The Sixth Extinction is its relevance and timeliness to one of the world's current major issues: global warming, and that it may even be under way. What do you think of that?
Here, new Sigma members are brought to the forefront and highlighted. Two of them found new love, and I have a feeling Jason won't be staying in America for long. But while the Sigma men were strong and capable, it was the women who stood out for me. I loved the ranger, Jenna Beck, who felt more like a protagonist than simply one of the supporting characters. I also love Lisa, who stood firm and was so bad-ass even though she could possibly be severely sentenced for her behavior. Rollins, your women are outstanding.
We are taken through different locations, from the Mono Lake and its surrounds in the US, to Antarctica and its hidden secrets, to the breathtaking tepuis of Brazil. With one book, my adventure bucket list has just increased by three more places.
Admittedly, it was a little dizzying keeping up with all the characters in this book. There was a time I felt that there were too many characters and I had to recall which character was which. I wondered if some characters could be taken out, and if the story would be the same, but it didn't seem like it. I suppose the number is commensurate to the gravity of the story and situation.
The Sixth Extinction was written so well that when the book was finished, I didn't feel like I've been short-changed. Everything was resolutely wrapped, and I felt very satisfied from my reading experience. After having read over a thousand books, that's not something I can say for each one!
With The Sixth Extinction, Rollins has cemented his place in my must-read authors. I can't help but recommend his work to my sci-fi loving friend. And the best part is, I don't have to wait long because his next book, The Bone Labyrinth, is coming out this December. Friends, you know what to give me this December (book store coupons, like always).
How about you, what's the one thriller adventure/sci-fi book you've read that last made your heart race?