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Monday, November 26, 2012

Review: Perfection Unleashed

Posted by Charlene // Tags: , ,
Perfection Unleashed (Double Helix #1)
by Jade Kerrion

Plot Summary:

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.


This novel had everything I am looking for in a story.  Fantastic characters, writing and plot.  It's also full of suspense and thought-provoking ideas about genetic research and what it means to be human.  Add to that mutant powers and an intriguing puzzle of a man in Danyael Sabre, and I had a hard time putting this novel down.  It starts off with a mystery into why two men share the same face and the mystery of Danyael's tragic past.  As pieces of the puzzle are revealed, the ragtag team of characters who are involved come together to fight against the pro-humanity zealots, the genetically unsound abominations who have super strength and no mercy, and the government officials who want to control both Galahad and Danyael.  It's an awesome combination of plot and character development, because I felt like all of these people were my friends and we were in a lot of trouble here.  (I usually can tell the difference between fiction and reality, thanks very much.)

There are times when this novel can get very scientific and some jargon is used that may not be generally familiar, but it doesn't confuse the storyline, and it can give people an opportunity to learn a little more about genetic science.  With so many different characters introduced in the beginning, it took awhile to realize that Danyael is indeed the main character, and his inner struggles and need to shield his powers created a constant tension in the story that was hard to bear sometimes.  It was almost comical how little rest he got and how much he went through while so many characters in the story hated him and could not see him for who he really was.  I loved the many character conflicts as well as plot conflicts that keeps this story continually engaging.  I was really impressed by this author's imaginative and complex story, and I highly recommend it for fans of science fiction and for readers interested in tortured heroes and a whole new mythology behind mutant powers.

review copy kindly provided by the author

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