Upgrade Soul

Lion Forge. Sept. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781549302923. pap. $19.99. FaNTASY
An aging sf novelist and his research scientist wife agree to help fund an impetuous scientific wunderkind's attempts to provide patients with a longer life span and enhanced endurance and intelligence through an experimental gene therapy with the caveat that they themselves serve as the procedure's first human subjects. But things don't go as planned, and soon the couple are both physically diminished and face-to-face with horribly malformed clones of themselves. The foursome's predicament is complicated by the reveal that the clones share a strange psychic dependency upon their genetic source material. Daniels (The Changers) delivers a skillfully told, beautifully illustrated tale that is all at once a love story; thought-provoking sf; a meditation on aging, identity, and race; as well as a terrifying, visceral thriller.
VERDICT Originally serialized as an iOS app, and winner of the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, this work arrives already internationally acclaimed and poised to be one of the most discussed releases of the year.

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