#Review: Seeds of Transition, by Carolyn Holland and Kef Hollenbach

Title: Seeds of Transition (The Genesis Project Book One)
Author(s): Carolyn Holland & Kef Hollenbach
Rating: 4/5 stars

“Seeds Of Transition: Book One – The Genesis Project is full of gripping adventure, psychological thrills, and emotional conflict from start to finish. 

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.” (description from Goodreads)

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Seeds of Transition was an enjoyable book. Despite some issues I found in the writing and formatting, I’m awaiting the next book in The Genesis Project series.

This books takes on many of the issues that plague our ever-changing and ever-growing world, and shows readers some possible ways for our future generations to cope and adapt. I’m not knowledgeable about agricultural advancements in today’s world, but if some of the technology in place in this book is in development it’d be great to see it in use. I found the idea behind The Genesis Project (the actual project in the book, not the series name) intriguing and as it’s the driving force behind the novel, I’m anxious to see what becomes of it in future books.

What I also liked about this book were the characters and the extent that the authors built up global relationships, events, and the possible future history of our world. Most of what happens in the book doesn’t seem too far-fetched in terms of where our world is heading. i found the characters to be interesting. Though at times the story the characters were leading and the broader events taking place in the country often pushed each other out of the way to get attention.

To expand a little on that, I felt that this could have been a full-length novel just with Dr. Farra’s story alone. Added into this was the global crisis of extreme weather and food shortages, the President’s struggles, and those of a few characters. Most of the time all this played out well, and they are indeed all linked, just at times I felt it wasn’t presented as a fully meshed story.

A few more minor issues I had while reading were the lack of smooth transitions inside the chapters. It wasn’t until the later half that chapter breaks were in place to show transitions of time or character points of view. Before this, I found myself rereading a few paragraphs to find where the POV switched characters, place, or time. To go along with this issue, there was a total format change once I got to chapter 13. The format went from the text being justified to it being left-aligned for the rest of the book. This struck me as odd and took me a little bit to get my reading flow back because of the way the right side of the page is jagged. It might sound harsh, but when reading a paperback justified for half the book, then it changing, it can mess up a reader.

I’m sure those issues won’t be much of a problem when the next book comes along, as it seems that as the book went along (aside from the alignment of the text) the editing (misplaced or forgotten quotation marks, misspelled words, etc) improved. As I said when I started this review, I’m looking forward to book 2. This story has intrigued me from the start, and I’m expecting that the authors will not disappoint their readers when this story continues.

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You can purchase a copy of Seeds of Transition from:

Amazon | Smashwords | KoboB&N

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About the Authors:

Carolyn Holland grew up during the 70’s in the coastal wetlands of North Carolina in a small, rural fishing village near Topsail Island. Her love of books developed at a very young age, keeping her up late in the night reading about faraway places and distant times. In summer, every other Thursday would find her waiting on the front porch of their little house for the Book Mobile, as the closest library was 20 miles away. Her favorite genre was historical fiction and in the summer of her tenth year, she checked out Margaret Mitchells Gone With The Wind. Even as a small child she dreamed of being an author someday.

Kef Hollenbach was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1925, Karl F. Hollenbach graduated from a local public high school in 1943 as a major in the junior ROTC. Entering the army on Christmas Eve that same year, he served as a sergeant in World War II with the U.S. Engineers. Assigned to the Seventh Army he crossed the Rhine River into Germany, ending up in Austria at the end of the European war.

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