Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

Hi Everyone!  It’s Becky.  I decided I had to listen to Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful because of the it’s unusual description and cover.  This book was definitely different but in an entirely good way.

39182380Title: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
Author: Arewn Elys Dayton
Note: I listened to the audio book.

Summary: Technology is changing how humans live, their minds and bodies have been enhanced.  Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful follows the stories of people who are changed for better and worse because of technical advancements from surgery to correct a weak heart, to being modified to live in the ocean, to creating a separate race based on these modifications.

What’s Good: Dayton created a book about the pitfalls of technology that feels both original and believable.  The path that society takes when adapting to the changes we make to ourselves felt as if it could be coming from real news reports especially the stories at the beginning of the novel.  It’s completely plausible that we could find away to modify a sick child’s organs or rebuild someone after an accident.  This book explores what’s possible and whether it should be possible which makes it a great book for the classroom or a discussion group.

What’s Not So Good: I have to admit that after the first couple stories this book began to lose me.  There were interesting concepts but the stories began to feel more science fiction than anything else and lost the human aspect which made the beginning of the book so compelling.

Bottom Line: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is definitely not a book for every reader however if your looking for a thought provoking book for your next book discussion it’s perfect.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5

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