Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful blog tour!!! I know I don’t usually post reviews on Mondays, but I’m REALLY excited about this book! So read on to find my review, information about the author and the tour, and a giveaway!
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton
Published on December 4, 2018 by Penguin Random House, Delacorte Press
Genres: Futuristic, Science Fiction, YA
Format: ARC, eARC
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For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.
Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of "human."
This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton's Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance.
The Good, The Bad, and The GIF
The Good: I loved all the stories! My favorite by far, however, was Part Four, Eight Waded. This was the story of Alexios, who read as autistic, which I really appreciated. There’s this feeling I get when I’m reading and there’s a character who’s like me in some way- fat, ace, autistic, chronically ill- it’s like (and I know this is super cliche but stay with me) I’m letting out a breath I didn’t know I was holding. It feels good, like I’m being SEEN. And that’s what this story did, so kudos to Arwen because this was great. The other stories were also really good! The first and last parts were my other favorites, because it showed the full spectrum of what you can do with a little bit of information, and what happens when you have too much. There’s an Einstein quote I’m thinking of here (although research to source it says it may not be Einstein’s at all…) “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot.” Which is a good quote I think to sum up this book!
The Bad: Tad Tadd. I can’t tell you why without having there be spoilers, but other than who he is as a character, I’m also really annoyed at his name. It’s a stupid name that makes me irrationally angry when I see it. Ugh.
Judging a Book by its Cover
This cover is intriguing, but honestly not my favorite. I do like the UK cover, though! 6/10 stars.
For more robots and teen girls, read Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
For more end of the world scifi, read At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Huchinson
For more soft autistic boys, read The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews
Spoilers SweetieView Spoiler »OH MY GOD I HATE TAD TADD! I understand why he was the thread that pulled everything together, but hot damn I dislike every iteration of his character. It was… easy? to hate him in the first few stories, where he was obviously the ~bad guy~ because he was directly opposed to our protagonists. But then he changed and somehow got worse??!?! And I’m still not entirely sure what happened in Elsie’s story. Part of it could be because I was tired (I stayed up until 2 in the morning to finish this- it was that good!), but I understood the rest of it, so… « Hide Spoiler
What was the last book you read that made you feel seen? I’ve read a few lately, but the one that affected me the most was Meet Me in Outer Space by Melinda Grace. Let me know your answer in the comments!
About the Author
Arwen Elys Dayton 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 screenplays and novels, including Sovereign’s Hold and Resurrection, the #1 Amazon bestseller in Sci-Fi in both the US and the UK (and the #2 book on all of Amazon, behind The Hunger Games). Her Seeker series for Penguin Random House is published all over the world. Arwen 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, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire. Arwen lives with her husband and their three children in both sunny Southern California and the rainy Pacific Northwest. You can visit her at arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram, or reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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