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Genesis Alpha

Genesis Alpha

For Ages: 12 and up
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Josh worships his older brother, Max. They look alike, they talk alike, and they both have the same interests, including their favorite massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Genesis Alpha. But Josh and Max have an even deeper connection. Because Josh was born for a reason. It was Josh's stem cells, harvested when Josh was newly born, that saved his dying older brother's life.

Now that same beloved older brother is arrested, accused of the brutal murder of a teenage girl. Josh is bewildered. Is Max really a monster, or is all of this a terrible mistake? And if the worst is true and Max is guilty, does that mean Josh is guilty too? After all, Max wouldn't exist without him. But this is only the beginning. Before long, Josh will come to a number of searing revelations -- revelations that have dire implications not only for Max's future, but for Josh's as well.

Rune Michaels explodes onto the teen literature scene with this gripping, chilling debut -- a compelling picture of the intersection where science, family, and morality collide. 
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416965008 | 
  • April 2011 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
List Price $8.99
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Read an Excerpt

We were playing a computer game the day it happened.

Genesis Alpha. It’s the greatest game ever invented, and it’s huge, a whole universe filled with thousands of people from all over the world. It’s got everything: space battles and swordfights, aliens and elves, planets and cities and underground systems. I can play for hours every day, especially when my brother Max joins me.

I play at home after school, Max from a computer lab somewhere on campus. He’s older than me, and he’s away at college, so mostly we keep in touch through the game.

We fought Kreepz that day. They had enslaved the entire... see more

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Rune Michaels
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Rune Michaels

Rune Michaels studied psychology at the University of Iceland and at the University of Copenhagen. Her books include Genesis Alpha, The Reminder, and Nobel Genes. She lives with her family in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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