|"Kenneth Johnson has written another engaging novel"
Amazon bestselling author Kenneth Johnson
plunges readers into a day-after-tomorrow
thriller about an imminent global catastrophe
and explores how ordinary people respond to
When the icy shards of a rogue comet fall to
Earth, they bring an unknown virus that
accelerates evolution to extremes. Suddenly,
infected plants grow stronger, choking out
those uninfected. Animals turn aggressive
and deadly. The eyes of loved ones go cold,
and infected neighbors begin exhibiting signs
of brutal domination.
In a small Georgia town, fourteen-year-old
Katie McLane sees her neighbors changing,
one by one.
Dr. Susan Perry, an epidemiologist at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
uncovers the frightening scope of the
menace. The infected aren’t just evolving.
They’re conspiring to alter the very nature of
what it means to be human.
Katie and Susan become fugitives because of
what they know, encountering bitter betrayals
and lethal dangers, but also loves ignited and
inspiring camaraderie, as they fight to prevent
a viral conspiracy from creating a terrifying
brave new world.
|The Washington Post & Associated Press - Jeff Ayers
"Johnson channels Stephen King with this thriller about the aftermath of a
near-collision of the Comet Avery and Earth told in a first-person, documentary
style. A small sampling of people is infected by debris from the comet that makes
them super-intelligent at the cost of their humanity. ...The Darwin Variant divides
families, lovers, and colleagues working toward the same goals in a
nerve-wracking race to an unexpected conclusion."
“When scientists calculate that a comet will impact Earth, chaos reigns, but the worst is yet
to come in Kenneth Johnson’s sci-fi thriller, The Darwin Variant. -- The vast cast of
characters ranges from scientists to high-school students, and all of them have a stake in the
world-changing possibilities if the celestial body strikes Earth. -- Each character tells his or
her individual story, providing depth in all of the players.
"Johnson takes the scenario of fear of collision with a rogue object from space and turns it
on its head by making things worse after everything seems resolved. -- This approach turns
the narrative into a contemporary version of the paranoid classic film 'Invasion of the Body
Snatchers' ...alluding to the seeds of a new master race. Fans of Johnson will also see
echoes of “V,” his television miniseries from the 1980s. -- Johnson has written another
--- Jeff Ayers, Associated Press & The Washington Post
"It’s a timely and terrifying concept. Johnson weaves it into a tight science fiction thriller
offering hope among the horror, and a fascinating duel between the ethos of the Survival of
the Fittest and the evolution of humanity toward a better humanity, not merely a smarter
one...with Johnson’s characteristic warmth and humanism emerging in even the darkest
"The Darwin Variant is a good deal of adventurous fun as well. A story of resistance
fighters on the run, chases and escapes, aerial pursuits through swamps, and — well, you
remember how much fun V: The Original Miniseries was, don’t you? Kenneth Johnson
knows how to tell a damn exciting story.
"As with V, Johnson executes a superb drawing together of the threads of his narrators
toward a fascinating resolution to the thorny questions of The Darwin Variant."
--- Ryan Harvey, Blackgate