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BLOG TOUR --- Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton [Review + Giveaway]

Title: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
Authors(s): Arwen Elys Dayton
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Edition: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook; 384 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - AudibleBarnes & 
Noble - iBooksThe Book Depository

Tour Schedule

Week One:
12/3/2018- Kait Plus BooksReview
12/4/2018- Novel NoviceExcerpt
12/5/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview
12/6/2018- Sifa Elizabeth WritesReview
12/7/2018- The Pages In-Between- Review

Week Two:
12/10/2018- Dani Reviews ThingsReview
12/11/2018- Book-KeepingReview
12/12/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview
12/13/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
12/14/2018- Rainy Day ReviewsExcerpt

Week Three:
12/17/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview
12/18/2018- Always Me - Review
12/19/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo BlogExcerpt
12/20/2018- Devouring BooksReview
12/21/2018- BookHounds YAReview

Week Four:
12/24/2018- My Books-My WorldExcerpt
12/25/2018- Books of TeacupsReview
12/26/2018- Lifestyle of MeReview
12/27/2018- Wishful EndingsExcerpt
12/28/2018- Eli to the nthReview

Week Five:
12/31/2018- Oh Hey! Books.

The Summary

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of "human."

This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton's Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance.

My Review

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton poses the question: what makes us human and how far will we go for perfection?  A major theme in a lot of sci-fi, I think this questions will never get old, and Dayton does an amazing job exploring the question through her book.  The book contains six individual, but connected stories, all stemming from one thing: human modification.  Modification in multiple ways: organ transplant, DNA tampering, body amalgamations, etc. all leading to the final story.

This collection, because I feel, that while the stories all work together, they can also be read individually from each other, is unforgettable.  Dayton explores big questions in a way that shows the layers of humanity: our compassion, our intellect, and our hubris.  Each contains characters that are developed and vivid, and are often juxtaposed with a bigger "institution", be it private or public.

Overall, this is a strong sci-fi book, one that will entice not just teen readers, but adult readers.  I can't say more about the plot of the book without giving it away, but the summary above doesn't lie: if you like Westworld and Black Mirror, then you will really love Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton.

Final Rating

About the Author

ARWEN ELYS DAYTON is the author of the Seeker series—Seeker, Traveler, and Disruptor and the e-novella The Young Dread—and the science-fiction thriller Resurrection. Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram.

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