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Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton – Book Review

I’m not going to lie.  I 100% requested this book on the basis of the synopsis…or should I say, one sentence in the synopsis: 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.  Are you sold yet? Because I definitely was.

The anthology takes place in the (terrifyingly) not-so-distant future, follows 6 independent yet interconnected stories with origin stories ranging from medical experimentation to life-saving procedures after a devastating accident to something else entirely. It was fascinating, thought-provoking, and one of the few books that I’ve read lately that I literally couldn’t put to rest. When I wasn’t reading it, I was talking to anyone that I possibly could about it (while trying to stay spoiler-free, which is much harder than you’d think!) It brings forth so many fantastic questions, mostly related to the quest for perfection and the definition of humanity, while also diving much deeper into a modern day parallel of human treatment.

In addition to developing a captivating topic itself, the author did such a fantastic job at providing each character with their own voice, distinctly unique to them. It never felt repetitive, and I felt that if I stopped in the middle of a chapter, I could still pop back in and know exactly who was speaking.

In short, this book was incredibly thought-provoking, entertaining, and just plain addictive and I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy.  Thank you so much to the publisher and Netgalley for providing my review copy.  All thoughts are my own.



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