Heart transplants. Body modification. Harvesting spleens from other animals. Steel/plastic/synthskin… How far can and will science go to help the human body fix itself? Or even create new? What are the religious and ethical ramifications of these practices?
Arwen Elys Dayton pushes these questions further and further in each of the six connected stories in Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. It is populated with thought-provoking voices that are brimming with dark humor, eternal hope, and still others with stark, religious furor. The best part of this collection is the way Dayton seamlessly intertwines technology and the human desire for perfection in each narrative. Each subsequent step seems plausible in light of the previous machination.
Every story is a bittersweet satisfaction. A try for perfection, yet a dash towards a possible cliff.
Highly recommended for high school students and beyond. The speculative and dystopian fan will jump to this book.
5 out of 5 stars.
Releases on December 4th.
Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Childrens/ Delacorte Press, and Arwen Elys Dayton for the advanced copy for review.