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Genes by Mary Ting | Book Review

May 23, 2021
Genes Mary Ting Book Review

Good morning and happy Sunday, bookies! Today, I’m sharing with you my review of Genes by Mary Ting. This is the third book in the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) series and it grabs your attention, refusing to let go! If you’re a fan of YA Dystopian novels, this book is the one for you. Although, as LeVar Burton always said … “you don’t have to take MY word for it.”

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This book may contain mild spoilers if you haven’t read ISAN and Helix first.

Genes … Third Installment in a Thrilling YA Dystopian Series!

I read the first book in the ISAN series early in the spring of 2020 and the second shortly after. As with Helix, I loved Rhett and Ava! Their connection is such an intense one.

I loved Ava’s character in Genes. She’s back with Rhett, finally starting to branch out from the world she had known as an ISAN assassin. At the very start of the book, she’s about to find out who her twin is and let me tell you, it isn’t who I thought it would be. While she’s disappointed and seriously frustrated by who her twin ends up being, she takes most of it in stride. With the revelation she got, I’m not so sure I would have been able to contain my anger. I mean her twin … what a let-down.

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Then there’s Gene. At the end of Helix, Tamara (one of the members of Ava’s old team) kidnaps him and takes him with the Rebels. I didn’t think much of Gene in the second book, but by the time we got to book three, he was one of those characters you have no choice but to hate. I don’t think I could find one redeeming quality about him if I spent the next year trying.

Ozzie’s character blossomed in this book (how silly does that sound!). He was more of a “sidekick” character in the last book but, now that Ava is firmly back with the Rebels, Ozzie became more of a key player. I definitely liked the little twist his personal development took ❤️

It’s War.

One thing that becomes crystal clear in Genes is that there is a war going on between ISAN and the Rebels. ISAN is very clearly the “bad guy” and they’re set on taking out anyone who doesn’t join them. After all, it’s war.

That Ending!

This isn’t the final book in the series so the semi-cliffhanger-y ending was to be expected. But, the WAY IT ENDED … I did not, in a MILLION YEARS see that one coming!

Genes Mary Ting June 2021 TBR

GENES by Mary Ting
Series: International Sensory Assassin Network #3
Published: June 30, 2020 by Vesuvian Books
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Length: 352 pages
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Reviewed by: Megan
Source: I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my thoughts on it.



While searching for the HelixB88 anti-serum on the black market, Ava uncovers valuable intel that may help the rebels in their fight to bring down ISAN – the location of a hidden facility. But first, the insurgents must find the female citizens unexpectedly displaying powers without use of the Helix serum before ISAN captures them.

As the rebels join forces with other sectors, ISAN plans their destruction by using someone they don’t suspect at the rebel home base. A traitor within.

Now, Ava must make a dangerous decision, one that could risk their capture – or worse.

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Final Answer for Genes?

As with ISAN and Helix before it, I absolutely loved Genes. It’s the perfect mix of YA, Dystopia, and even a little romance. If you’re looking for a book that brings you dangerously close to our own reality, this is it! I highly recommend this entire series.

If you’re looking for a star rating, go ahead and check out our 5-star review on Goodreads!

In a battle for power between ISAN and the Rebels, which side will you choose?

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1 Comment

  • Reply DJ Sakata June 13, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Not my genres but glad you enjoyed them. They sound quite lively.

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