This book is comprised of 6 different short stories that all take place in the same world. I wasn’t a huge fan of this, as there wasn’t as much time to get to know the characters and connect with them. Then, by the time you do, it changes to someone else’s story. How aggravating.
If you read the synopsis carefully (which I apparently failed to do), you’ll notice that it doesn’t actually say what the story is about. It sure makes it sound cool, but no description of an actual story. Well friends, that’s because there is no story. I mean, to be fair, there are 6 teeny tiny stories, but they are barely stories. Only a couple were developed enough for me to become attached to the characters or even care what was going on in their world.
Really, it’s just showcasing a few characters in this futuristic world that are in some way connected to these bodily manipulations that keep people alive and such. As the synopsis says, this book is “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.'” But that’s all it is. There is no depth to the stories.
I found the world-building was lacking as well. We get to read about 6 different scenarios in this world, but we never really find out much about the world itself.
I just found most things to be under-developed. I was able to connect with and enjoy a couple of the stories, but most left me underwhelmed.
I appreciate the book’s vision into the future and the possibilities it brings forward. I’m rating this book a 3/5 merely because it is okay for what it is. I, personally, didn’t enjoy much of it, but that’s my own fault I guess for reading more into the synopsis than was actually there. Just don’t go into this book expecting it to be a novel. In my opinion, it’s not a novel. It’s a collection of short stories set in the same world through different perspectives.
Best Aspect: Creativity
Worst Aspect: Story
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About the book
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.
“Compelling and terrifying, this volume is science fiction at its finest.”
—School Library Journal, Starred
“Imaginative and incisive.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“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
About the Author
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.