I received this book at no cost from the publisherStronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton
Published by Delacorte Press on December 4, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL
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.
PRAISE FOR STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL
“Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful will send shivers down your spine.” —Teen Vogue
“Powerful, poignant, and action-packed, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is an exciting sci-fi adventure firmly rooted in the realities of our present day that fans of Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series will love.” —Bustle
★ “Part cautionary tale and part ode to the inventive human spirit, Dayton’s brilliant collection of stories is best described as a scientific Twilight Zone.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
★ “Compelling and terrifying, this volume is science fiction at its finest.”
—School Library Journal, Starred
★ “This speculative, thought-provoking novel will take readers on a frightening, remarkable journey through humanity’s past, present, and possible future.” —Booklist, Starred
★ “Imaginative and incisive.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“An alternately charming and horrifying exploration of what it means to be human and how far we’ll go in pursuit of personal and societal ‘perfection.’ Dayton’s newest is imagination at its best and most terrifying. I devoured this book.” —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken
“A work of unforgettable vision and imagination. This book is everything I love about science fiction.”
—Jay Kristoff, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Illuminae Files
“Haunting, challenging and provocative—this is an extraordinary book. I can’t stop thinking about it.”
—Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Illuminae Files
“A deep and suddenly necessary exploration of the beautiful and terrible futures we face.
Every story leaves you desperate for more.”
—Hank Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
“Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a remarkable book, visionary and very hard to put down.”
—Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Between the Stars
“Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful—fast-paced, tightly plotted, and engaging from the first page—puts a human face on the prosperity or catastrophe that is waiting just around the corner.”
—David Friedberg, founder of Climate Corporation
“Arwen Elys Dayton explores the next era of humanity with astonishing heart.”
—Peter H. Diamandis, MD, founder of XPRIZE and Singularity University and author of the New York Times bestsellers Abundance and Bold
This book of six, easy to read vignettes reminded me so much of Black Mirror. I am a huge fan of that television show and just like the show, this book creeped me out a bit. It is told in six parts from different narrators with different points of view but they are all from the same world, even if that world isn’t ours. Everything on the surface seems like the earth we know, but then some quirk occurs and you realize you are not in the same world as home. All of these stories would be at home on that show.
ARGHH – I don’t’ want to ruin any of the stories for anyone but they deal in some way or another with the manipulation of the human body, either through robotics, genetic mutation and the incorporation of genetically enhanced robotics into someone’s body. Here are a few examples: Evan must rely on his twin’s organs in order to survive and deal with this issues that she is going to die, so he might as well live. Cryotherapy saves a person’s body until their disease can be cured. And I think my favorite, which reminded me of Cinder by Marissa Meyer is Milla, who has her body rebuilt after a car accident and now is more machine than human and the consquences that come from that.
ARWEN ELYS DAYTON is the author of the Seeker series—Seeker, Traveler, and Disruptor and the e-novella The Young Dread—and the science-fiction thriller Resurrection. Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram.
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