Sunday, June 2, 2013

Perfect People by Peter James

Introduction: This was originally picked up by my hubby in a public library. I was by then looking for inspirational books as I miss reading such topics. At first I didn't give this book a second look (because my dear husband have a habit of picking up a book and end up not reading it anyway. But really, he tries - at least for the first 10 pages (or less). Lol. But one day, I was intrigued to read the summary, and so from then on, I held on to the book like I was glued to it or something.

John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high.

Then they hear about geneticist Dr Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease.

At his clinic is where their nightmare begins.

They should have realized something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye colour, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child. Now it's too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant and already something is badly wrong . .

My Opinion: I like the concept of this story, to me its very ambitious and futuristic. The story is very intriguing, and I guess that is what kept me from simply giving up during the times when I just cannot grasp the characters anymore. I don't get how a scientist can actually get drunk and reveal a secret that they have spent so much money upon. I don't get how as a mother who knew from the start that your kids will be special - find it hard to accept this fact. And I still find it so overwhelming to believe that 3 year olds can be so bloody independent, not to mention creepy. 
But overall, this book gives me something more - am emotional ride towards the end, not to mention a totally unexpected ending. I honestly didn't expect the conclusion of this novel. And that's a really good thing. 
I recommend this book to those who love reading about science-based fiction, specifically altering genetics. I could say, it'll take patience to get through this book - but somehow its worth a read.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Sentimental Traitor by Michael Dobbs

Introduction: I had always been drawn to stories that not only depicts real life situations, but also something that is about crime-solving and deceit and characters outsmarting each other. I think this book didn't fail to give a very mind-blowing opening and each turn of events just kept getting interesting.

A missile tears a passenger plane from the skies over London. Everyone on board is killed, including thirty-seven exceptional children. As terror turns to international chaos, can the government survive?
Who would have killed them? And why? 

When Harry Jones starts searching for answers, he stumbles into the middle of a plot that stretches from Russia to the Islamic revolution in Egypt, from the shores of the Caspian Sea to an ancient church in rural Wiltshire.

Yet every lead he pursues finds its way back to the secret corners of Brussels and a British woman named Patricia Vaine.

She and Harry are doomed to fight their battle to the death. Their own lives, and the future of an entire continent, are at stake in what develops into the greatest political power game since the end of the Second World War.

For this is a plot not just to take over one country but the whole of Europe.
And in this deadly game, the victors will claim total victory – unless Harry Jones can stop them…
My Opinion: Once I started reading this book I just cannot put it down. I want to know what will happen next and it has kept me wanting to keep turning the page so I can find out how it will end. This book has given me a good ride with its element of suspense and shocking turn of event.
The characters are very alive, with their own set of strengths and flaws. They represent real life people - people who are after power; people who wants to manipulate situations or other people.

The story is very nicely told in each page. Although to be honest, I find the ending a bit unappealing. But maybe its just me. 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Bar Code Rebellion by Suzanne Weyn

Introduction: After reading the summary on the back of this book. I told myself this might be a good read for those moments when you want to get back to the game. I didn’t read any book for quite some time now because of my pregnancy symptoms (nausea and over-sleeping), so I was looking for something that I can just simply enjoy reading.

They want your identity. They want your freedom. They can't have them.

The bar code rebellion.

Kayla has resisted getting the bar code tattoo, even though it's meant forfeiting a "normal" life. Without the tattoo, she's an exile. But she can't stay an exile for long....
For reasons she doesn't completely understand--but will soon discover--Kayla is at the center of a lethan conspiracy that will soon threaten the very notion of freedom. Kayla can either give in to the bar code, or she can join the resistance and fight it. The choice, to her, is clear: It's time to fight.

They want your identity.
They want your freedom.
They can't have them.
My Opinion: I finished reading the book and barely noticed that there should actually be a first part to this story. I think it’s good though, because interesting stories, even if they are related, should be independent of each other.

I kind of like the concept of this book, very futuristic and interestingly plausible. I can just imagine what if we are all identifiable by a tattoo that contains all our genetic information, financial and professional standing. We don’t have to carry Identification cards, credit cards or something of that sort – all that we have is recorded in that ink staining a part of our body. It’s promising really but at the same time scary.

But going back to the execution of the book, I just find that the characters lack, well… character. I cannot identify them, they seem so monotonous. The story is a little too convenient – when Kayla kept bumping into people who just like her, are rebelling against this bar code tattoo. The idea of cloning people and altering their genetic makeup is cool, but lacks a little “wow” factor in the book. I find that the story is too rushed, and it doesn’t build any momentum at all.

I personally don’t like the ending – I find it a little too easy. I feel that there should have been more to the story, especially in the character of KM-6. And there’s just too many questions left unanswered, like, why is Kayla a threat to the society? Why is she being pursued? Oh well, maybe all this is in the third book. I just don’t know if I’m reading it.

Overall, this book has served its purpose. It entertained me because I don’t have to think - It’s shallow, it’s short, and very easy to read. I’ll recommend this to those boring afternoon moments when you have nothing else to do but relax over a cup of coffee. 

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