“Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful” by Arwen Elys Dayton

Thanks to Harper Voyager and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was approved for this ages after the publication date, so please don’t think I was being super flaky with this review.

Sci-fi isn’t normally my thing. I’m really interested in Space, real Space that is, but I’ve never really been able to get into Sci-fi unless it’s got a specific angle to it. I recently read Illuminae and it so thought I’d check this out while I was still in the mood.

The book is made up of 6 different stories, each following a different set of young people as they experience a rapidly changing world. In this reality, the ability to modify the human body has become possible and through the characters featured we follow the events and implications of these new modifications.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was how well-written it was. I know that should be a pretty fundamental requirement to enjoy a book, but I felt the writing was of a higher quality than similar books of this genre.

The book explores some of the moral dilemmas and philosophical questions associated with human ‘enhancement’ – what makes us human? Should we play God? What dangers might lie in biology-altering technology but similarly, what opportunities might there be?

Overall, an enjoyable and thought provoking foray into an area of literature I don’t often dip my toe into.

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