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More like four and a half stars
on January 8, 2010
Hmm. My Kindle edition of this book was just fine, without any editing issues. (Maybe Amazon fixed it?) Not only that, but I rather enjoyed this story about a relentless quest for immortality and its legal and ethical implications. This really does seem like a great book for middle schoolers and early high schoolers thanks to its timely topics, as well as those of us who still enjoy young adult books. The dialogue did seem a bit "off" in a few places (the reason why I can't give it five stars) but that's a minor quibble. And as others have noted, there are several scenes that are absolutely riveting and really pull you in. Doctor Dorning seemed possessed the way Captain Ahab was in his quest for the Great White Whale, and Professor Marlowe goes through a personal transformation that's far more than just physical. The pawn in the middle of this story is the homeless boy Miguel, who's horribly naive about life on the streets and yet has something important to teach the old professor, who up to the end of his first life thought he had all the answers. And what Marlowe does at the end finally elevates him to the greatness he assumed he had but didn't his first time around. This is a thoughtful book with both a heart and a soul.