About the Book:
“You are the next step in human evolution.”
This is a very thought provoking novel taking place in the not too distant future. It focuses on the possibilities and evils of genetic manipulation. It raises many ethical issues, such as being willing to kill the few to save the many. Another issue is what we can and should do to save the world for the next generation. In that sense, this novel is very timely. The plot development is good and reading the novel goes well. The extrapolation of current DNA manipulation makes for a thrilling read. There are many exciting scenes and twists.
I felt the science aspect of the novel was mixed. I enjoyed the future aspect with electric vehicles and other innovative technology. There was a great deal of technical genetic information, with many references to DNA sequences and gene sections. I have to admit, some of it was overwhelming and I skimmed through it. Some of the suspenseful scenes almost had a screen play feel to them, they were so expansive. And I had trouble liking any of the characters. All were deeply flawed, giving a dystopian feel to the novel.
This is a novel for readers who like a thought provoking and engaging novel exploring a possible future. Be ready for a good deal of bio-technology and scenes full of suspense. While there were aspects of the novel that did not grab me, I did like it in general and think it is worth reading.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His novels include Recursion, Dark Matter, and the Wayward Pines trilogy, which was adapted into a television series for FOX. Crouch also co-created the TNT show Good Behavior, based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He lives in Colorado. Photo by Matthew Staver.
Ballantine Books, 352 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)