(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Genetic engineering is something that’s becoming more common now. Designer babies and everything. Having said that, this book is more about the main character – at least in my opinion.
Michael was an easy character to relate to. I could really get behind his desire to make humanity better and the fact that his wife was the main driving force behind it just made the character even more likable.
The skipping back in time was a bit confusing and, in a way, I think it was unnecessary. Although it serves to set the scene a bit, it did throw me a little.
I particularly liked Michael’s relationship with Annie. It came across as really sweet and realistic, even though there were some problems. (That actually made the relationship better – that it wasn’t all sunshine and roses).
I did find the science parts a bit confusing at times, but I did particularly like the bits with the monkeys. It was sweet how they each seemed to have their own personality and how different they were because of the new cells that had been introduced.
When the children came into it, I would have liked to see more of them, rather than being told what they were like. They didn’t actually appear in any scene properly.
The technology in this book was pretty good and it was interesting to see how things had developed – and under-developed. I could actually see a lot of how the world ended up happening in the future of this world.
The attitude of the government and their decisions about what to do was sad, but really not that surprising. Michael’s reactions to that was one of the things that endeared him to me.
The writing in this book was really good, though I did notice one or two errors. I hope there will be a sequel to this, because I’d really like to read it.