Review: 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.
I really wanted to love this book. I love anthologies and I love sci-fi books and books that showcase a dystopian world. So what went wrong? – Half of the stories lacked elements that kept me engrossed - they lacked character, suspense and the thrilling, enticing and intriguing nature of sci-fi. I stuck it out with this book and told myself that I’d finish it, even though it took me a week to get through it. Each story was unique from the other but had a connecting thread. The first story in the book was intriguing enough and I really enjoyed the second one as well. The third and fourth stories, about the reverend’s daughter and dolphin boy, I could have done without, honestly. The fifth story with the Russian slaves was a step up from the previous two, but still, I just didn’t care for it. And the last one, in my opinion, was the best one due to the buildup of this world I’ve been learning about for 5 chapters/stories and characters that were actually relatable in a sense. Overall, it was a decent read but I just wish there was more.
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.