Books on Tape. Jul. 2022. 9:48 hrs. ISBN 9780593507193. $76. THRILLER
In a not-too-distant future, Logan Ramsey is a lot of things. He’s a husband and father. He’s the son of a woman whose gene-editing experiments ended up killing billions. He’s an agent responsible for apprehending geneticists who specialize in changing genes. And after his last raid, he’s the most advanced human being on the planet. When a virus changes his genome, upgrading his mind and body, Logan must run from the very agency he’s working for, trying to stop others from continuing his mother’s work of upgrading humanity. Crouch’s (Dark Matter) latest doesn’t skimp on the action and intrigue, which helps it have a clear moral about what we are currently doing to the planet and to humanity without seeming too pedantic. What also helps the book’s delivery of its message is the characterization of Logan through narrator Henry Levya’s voice, which strengthens Logan’s everyman-but-superintelligent persona. Levya expertly conveys Logan’s inner thoughts as he balances his ever-evolving consciousness with what fundamentally makes him human.
VERDICT This action-packed thriller has elements of science fiction, but is also a lesson for the present day. Fans of science fiction, thrillers, and climate fiction will be captivated.
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