Hunt, a former pharma executive, uses her vast knowledge of drugs and genetic advances to write in detail about CRISPR, the science of gene editing, and nanotechnology. She doesn’t shy away from including horrific descriptions of animal testing and of the terrible and frightening things that happen to the humans who aren’t chosen to become superhumans. Throughout, she makes it clear that she views human avarice as the primary threat to ethical science.
Hunt employs occasional wry wit (“sipping his urn coffee and admiring his view of the parking lot”) and moves the story along with rapid-fire discoveries, not lingering on the nitty-gritty of the protagonists’ quests for answers. Even secondary characters are fleshed out with quirks such as man buns and statement T-shirts. The plot builds up to a shocking finale that even jaded readers won’t see coming. This science fiction thriller entertains readers while raising powerful questions about medical ethics and the role of money in science.
Takeaway: Any fan of medical thrillers, ethical quagmires, and surprise endings will relish this gripping cautionary tale.
Great for fans of: Robin Cook’s Coma, the film Extreme Measures.
Design and typography: B
Marketing copy: A
"Hunt has succeeded in spades to put together a fast-paced yarn with twists and stunning revelations. Every action and utterance is well thought out and works to advance the plot." --Booktrib