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More than Human review
on 13 July 2016
The basic premise of this book is a potential evolution of the human species. It starts with 6 characters, who over time merge into a single more advanced consciousness / being, while still maintaining some of their individuality.
I liked this book because I found the overall concept interesting, however sometimes books can simply be harder to get into due to the way they are written. After the first chapter it was definitely an effort to follow, thus I am giving only 3 stars, however I persevered.
The idea that each human is a cell that is part of a larger collective is now not a new concept, since we see it regularly in TV science fiction (the borg in Star Trek) and films, possibly when this book was written it was much more original. (It was written in the 1953s)
You can tell how dated the book is now, as there are some elements that are racist, but I think mostly this is simple due to the era it was written.
The main characters roles (for most of the book) are played out by an Idiot, a baby, a set of twin girls and a young woman. The book starts by introducing us to the difficulties that each individual has faced in their lives, possibly explaining that their situations have caused some of them to gain these powers.
One of the the more interesting aspects is towards the end, where you get to see the struggles and inner dynamics of the new organism, and how it thinks it will, or can, fit into the world.
Overall if you like science fiction, I think this book is a recommended read.