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Some of it was interesting and creepy, but the majority was just boring,
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This review is from: Perfect People (Kindle Edition)
I really struggled with this book. Reading it on my Kindle, I was able to keep track of what percentage of the book I had gotten through. I was quite amazed to find that for the first 10%, there is very little that actually happens. John and Naomi just seem to be going through a shopping list of what they may or may not want for their genetically engineered offspring. Whilst in some ways this raises interesting ideas, unfortunately it also means that the reading experience seems very sterile (no pun intended). I found that because I was bored with this process, I then found it quite difficult to engage with the characters.
Admittedly, after that first 10%, the book did pick up slightly. When John and Naomi discover that they may not have the whole picture, your attention is certainly grabbed again. But, what I soon found was that this is a recurring problem with the book. There are whole sections where you feel yourself getting bored and thinking, "Who cares?" only for your attention to then be grabbed again, making you persevere until the end. I didn't like any of the characters and this also made it difficult to continue reading - I didn't actually care all that much what happened to them.
What kept me going were the issues that PERFECT PEOPLE brought up. Designer babies are starting to get into the news, so the story here may not be all that unlikely in some years to come. There were also scientific arguments which can provoke a lot of debate - for example, the ethics of creating designer babies with super intelligence and what that may mean for the people who are not able to manufacture their children that way. Does it mean that there would be a 'super human' race with one which is subservient? There are also themes relating to human relationships, especially those between parents and their children. One aspect of this is the expectation that parents have for their kids and how this matches up to what the kids want (or hope) for themselves.
Howeevr, despite these themes and ideas running through this book, it was not enough for me to award more than 2 stars. The reason I have awarded such a low score is that, honestly, I would not recommend this to someone else. The writing was not convincing or engaging enough. So, although it had high ideas, it failed to live up to them.