What would you do if you came face-to-face with perfection, and it looked just like you? Two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, the other to escape it.
Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted—a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.
When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives—the in vitros, clones, and mutants—collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.
Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.
I have no idea how to start this review. The only thing that I can say for sure is that I like this novel. A lot. And here’s why:
In the future, the world is populated with humans (both naturally and in vitro derived), clones, and mutants. Humans are imperfect in many ways compared to the others, but they still try to control the superior races as best they can. The mutants and clones do their best to keep their heads down and do as they are told, though they know that they could easily overtake control of the government at any given time.
What I love about this is that there’s enough science in it to make it believable, but not so much science that it reads and feels clunky. Sometimes I feel that the enemy of science fiction is science itself. One doesn’t need to fill up their books with science jargon in order to make a believable science fiction novel. But this novel was done in a way that anyone could understand it without any fuss or confusion.
Jade Kerrion’s writing is pitch perfect. Every chapter ends on some sort of a cliff hanger that makes you want to keep reading well past your bedtime. And I know I have. It was just too difficult to keep the book down for long. And once the book was finished, I was left wondering when the sequel was coming out (It won’t be out until December, unfortunately).
Absolutely fresh, always keeping you on the edge of your seat, Perfection Unleashed will leave you begging for more.
Fans of X-Men should like this novel, despite the mutants lack of “cool” powers like control of the weather and eye lasers. Plenty of telepaths, though!
I don’t know if it’s because most of the science fiction I’ve been reading has been military or not, but I’ve been having problems really getting through them as of late. But this was the first science fiction novel that I really enjoyed. Be sure to check out the interview I conducted with Jade Kerrion, too!