Stronger, Fast, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton is an intriguing read. It will leave you wondering how far we can and will take genetic engineering/human modification. Just because we can, does it mean we should?
Remainder of review and my personal thoughts below...
The book consists of six parts containing different stories that are related to the main idea (genetic engineering/modification). The beginning started a little slow for my taste but as the stories continued, I found I could not put the book down. Each story was unique. If you enjoy Sci-Fi stories that are focused on genetics or thought-provoking books, you will enjoy this one.
You will find yourself asking questions throughout the book such as: Do our genetic defects makes us who we are? Without modern medicine, how many of us would be here? Should we be prolonging life? Modification/genetic engineering is already happening, but at what point will it stop? Who says what is ethical in medicine and where the line is drawn? How will humans ruin this?
I hope there is a follow up book. This would make a wonderful TV mini-series/movie (if done right- meaning The Wachowski’s)
Trigger warnings/parental advisory: swearing, some sexual situations (making out, touching, pairing up to mate), religion (a reverend is tied in with the stories), death, some violent situations (accidents, slaves, killing).
Overall, I give the book 4 ½ stars and recommend it.
* I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this.
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This book hit me a little more deeply than most books I've read. As I read it, I couldn't help but wonder how long until my autoimmune disease, or the health problems my family members have, will be cured. I doubt it will happen in my lifetime, but maybe, just maybe, my niece's epilepsy will be cured in her lifetime. Or the rare blood disease my dad's cousin died from this year can be fixed and won't keep being handed down to each generation. But am I selfish or a horrible person for wanting these things to end for people? What if we finally cure cancer? Should we be fixing/curing these things? Will the genetic engineering/modification ever stop once we've begun curing diseases? Cue the vaccines and eradication of smallpox talk. This book will definitely have you thinking...