‘Will send shivers down your spine’
‘A work of unforgettable vision and imagination. This book is everything I love about science fiction’
Are you ready for the future?
Black Mirror with a touch of Westworld re-wiring, STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL is a novel in six interconnected parts about what it means to be human – and where those boundaries lie.
Set in our world, spanning the near to distant future, the author, Arwen Elys Dayton, explores the possible consequences of advanced medical breakthroughs and how they may shape and reshape humanity. From organ donation to plastic surgery to full bodily reconstruction, these stories take you by your (for now, organic) hand and lead you into a future where the line between person and machine becomes increasingly blurred.
Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, this novel strikes new ground while also seeming so strangely… likely.
Just try to disconnect.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Firstly I have to say that I love this book cover as it matches the stories inside perfectly. Set a few years from now human’s are evolving faster than natural evolution with the help of advanced science techniques. The whole story is made up from 6 smaller segments that fit together at different times in the book. I won’t say they are chapters because each one has its own worth and can stand on its own.
The stories are really based on how far will humans push for perfection. Will it end when every part of the human body, inside and out, can be replaced with genetic engineering to extend life indefinitely? When then do we stop being human and are just machines or a combination of both? When plastic surgery was first under taken I believe that it was to repair the horrific damage and disfigured features of war victims that had terrible injuries to try to give them some sort of quality of life back. Now it is used to give its patients younger and more beautiful bodies and faces.
The stories range from life or death situations to transformations of beings that are a combination of organic and machine creations through choice. It isn’t just a matter of extending life, it is the quality or lack of it too. The first and last stories seem to come full circle on each other. The decision to sacrifice one life to save another, very clever, one that plays with your mind. Like everything else too it is different to make judgement on people when you aren’t emotionally involved but as the priest in this story knows it isn’t that easy when it is personal.
One of the most heart breaking stories for me was what do you do with the ones that go wrong? We trust governments and doctors when we are told this will give your child the chance of a better life, go ahead and have this vaccine. How many children and families have suffered from the times when the ones to be trusted have got it wrong? Would you trust them to put it right?
The stories revolve round people who are sort of pioneers for this technology to begin with but it just doesn’t centre on the genetic changes, the stories are how it affects them emotionally and socially. This book would make a brilliant discussion debate for schools, book clubs and such like. A brilliant read for YA or adult.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Arwen Elys Dayton is best known for her 2012 novel Resurrection and the YA Seeker trilogy. She began her career as a teenage staff writer at a foundation that produced Peabody Award-winning educational shows for PBS. Soon afterward, she began writing novels.
She spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, lots of ruined castles in Scotland, and the cold cities around the Baltic Sea. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.
Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at arwenelysdayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Instagram, or reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is represented by Jodi Reamer at Writers House.