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15 September 2012

Book Review: Perfect People by Peter James


John and Naomi Klaesson are grieving the death of their four year old son from a rare genetic disorder. It is only after the boy’s death that they discover they are both bearers of a rogue gene, therefore the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high. Desperate for another child, they consult a geneticist at his floating clinic, and that is where the nightmare begins.

They are given a list of options: do they want their son to be a blue eyed, 6 ft tall, amiable, character, with supreme sporting abilities? If so, they tick the boxes and the geneticist does the rest. In other words, create a designer baby.

But things go very wrong.

Reporters get hold of the story and the couple are pursued by press and fanatics known as Disciples of the Third Millennium. The boy they crave turns out to be twins, one of each sex, with inbuilt problems, and the tension rises, making the book hard to put down. 

Some say this is a book about things to come... and I can well believe it with all the delving into genes and things.

The end of this riveting story was unexpected yet emotional in a weird way. It left me feeling I wanted to read the story a second time which, for me, is an unexpected reaction. 

I was glad that Peter James wrote this with shorter chapters... it gave me a chance to draw breath from the story’s high tension. I am very strict with my reading time but was often tempted to stick with it until the book was finished.

A line beneath the book title reads Be careful what you ask for ... a worrying thought for our future.

Praise for Perfect People

Front Row, Radio 4, said ‘The emotional credibility of the characters is as good as it gets. There is a movie in this book.’

The Guardian: As ever James writes beautifully, maintaining the pace with short punchy chapters. But it’s his firm grasp of the moral issues surrounding designer babies that makes Perfect People so satisfying – and so unsettling.

The Times: Peter James’s clever page-turner Perfect People focuses not on the past but risks for the future.

Mirror: Now, his first stand alone novel since the extraordinary, though completely deserved, success of the Roy Grace series features all James’ strengths, including his ability to capture a sense of real horror in a very real world ... This is very much a novel about the preciousness of life, the randomness of survival and, ultimately, humanity as we’ve always known it.

Shots Mag describes the book as a surreal journey of ethics, science and religion....

oOo

There are plenty more comments but I think you will get the gist that Peter James’ writing is as gripping as ever and his research ability knows no bounds. 

11 comments:

Brian Miller said...

huh sounds like an interesting book for sure....

Valerie said...

It certainly was, Brian.

Ron said...

Valerie, this book sounds WAY awesome!

And I have to say that the way in which you wrote this review makes me want to get the book and read it.

"I was glad that Peter James wrote this with shorter chapters... it gave me a chance to draw breath from the story’s high tension. I am very strict with my reading time but was often tempted to stick with it until the book was finished."

That there says it all!

And like you, I can well believe it with all the delving into genes and things.

This line gave me the chills...

" Be careful what you ask for ..."

Oooooo!

Wonderfully written book review, dear lady. Thanks for sharing!

Have a great Saturday!
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Valerie said...

Hi Ron. The subject was certainly worrying, yet I am certain it will happen one day. Scary!

Lea said...

That's very interesting! I'm from the field that do similar things in the laboratory so now I am wondering about the genetic engineering involved. But don't worry, I don't interfere with human genes. :)

Valerie, you posted a really good book review! Now I wanted to have a copy of that. I wonder if there is Part II.

Jimmy said...

I love a good book and this one sounds like one that will make you think, the possibilities of things like this is real and it sounds like this one will put you on the edge of your seat.

Valerie said...

Lea, it would be awful if genetic engineering went too far. I like our species as it is!

Valerie said...

Jimmy, I was often on the edge of my seat during yhis reading. It certainly was a gripping story.

Ranita Sinha said...

I will love to read this book and certainly will..

Mel said...

UH oh....I might have to find this one. NOT that I need another one on the pile, but gosh--it sounds like a hard to put it down type and I like those muchly!

Pat said...

This sounds like a page turner! I will definitely add it to my ever-increasing reading list!