The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) Literary Elements

The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) Literary Elements


Contemporary, science fiction, thriller

Setting and Context

Modern-day Indonesia, United States, Antarctica, and other places

Narrator and Point of View

The novel follows the twin perspectives of Dr. Katherine Warner, a geneticist, and David Vale, an ex-military mercenary/bodyguard.

Tone and Mood

Tense, anxious, thrilling

Protagonist and Antagonist

The protagonists of this novel are Dr. Katherine Walker, a geneticist, and David Vale, a freelance intelligence operative, who are racing against the clock to stop the Immari, the novel's antagonists, from wiping out most of the human race in the name of evolutionary progress.

Major Conflict

The Immari are obsessed with activating the Atlantis gene, a gene in the DNA of humans that is most promising in autistic people, and destroying the superhuman civilization of Atlantis that threatens them. Their plan is global destruction, and they have been behind such atrocities as the Holocaust and 9/11. Dr. Katharine Walker and David Vale must stop them from carrying out their evil schemes.


David and Katherine fight their way out of the old Nazi stronghold and rescue the children, but David is seriously wounded in the process. They have held back the Immari - for now.


The prologue exists for the purpose of foreshadowing. It depicts an innocent scientist who accidentally stumbles across something enormous and ancient before he is killed by plunging into an abyss. An associate nonchalantly calls her superiors about the incident, and the man in the shadowy organization ends the prologue with the terse words "We've found it."


“You said to call if we found anything interesting.” - Naomi (Prologue)


The novel alludes to many real-world places, people, and events, such as Jakarta, autism, the Nazis, the Holocaust, and 9/11, among others. The Holocaust and 9/11 are just a couple of the world atrocities the Immari are claimed to have committed in the name of their mission.


The steps of human evolution are an important theme of this novel, and the imagery used supports this fact. The premise that aliens spliced consciousness into humans and sparked the evolutionary process is a recurring motif, and the Immari's code of ethics is a Darwinian "survival of the fittest" crude system. The DNA and genetic potential of further human evolution into an Atlantean super-race is the primary issue in the novel.


The Immari wants to destroy the Atlantean civilization because it is stronger than the human race, but it also wants to discover the secret to unlocking the Atlantis gene so they themselves can become that powerful, making the entire mission of the Immari paradoxical.


The mission of the Immari to eradicate the majority of the population for genetically motivated reasons parallels the eugenically motivated tragedy of the Holocaust, which the Immari supposedly caused as well.

Metonymy and Synecdoche

In the prologue, the word "sub" is often used to refer to the Nazi submarine stuck in the iceberg.


“The spikes on the ends of his boots bit into the ice as he came to a halt." (Prologue)

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