Life without Genes
The central part of the book takes us back to proto-genes, and then to the pre-gene era when life consisted of chemical reactions without the ability to store information about itself. I have to say I found these chapters somewhat difficult to read - I'm sure that the average word length shot up at this point. This seems to be a common failing of books on this subject.
The final chapter is entitled 'The future of life', but is really a summary of the evolution of life from its beginnings to the present and possible futures, both near and distant. This chapter is much more readable, and could well be read on its own, separately from the rest of the book.