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“Biopunk has been waiting for its William Gibson, to bring a whole new vision of the future as Mr. Gibson did for cyberpunk, and Daniel Suarez has done it...Exhilarating, alarming—Daniel Suarez plays the two great thrills of sci-fi against each other, and not just for fun. He thinks this is coming, and he means it. Read it and wonder.”—Wall Street Journal
“Besides being a rockin’ thriller, Change Agent is a vivid depiction of where ubiquitous gene editing might take us. I came away believing I'll be less surprised by the future.”—Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for Wired and New York Times bestselling author of The Inevitable
“The depth and sophistication of Suarez’s dystopian world—not to mention his facility at making complex science intelligible to the nonexpert—rivals anything Michael Crichton ever did.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The action scenes are plenty lively, [but] the best thing about the book is its depiction of a troublesome future in which people can change physical identities the way they change clothes...A natural at making future shocks seem perfectly believable, Suarez delivers his most entertaining high-tech thriller yet.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The ultimate form of identity theft is just a genetic edit away in Suarez’s newest fast-paced, speculative thriller...Offer this to Michael Crichton and science fiction-suspense fans.”—Booklist
About the Author
- ASIN : B01J2SU2YO
- Publisher : Dutton (April 18, 2017)
- Publication date : April 18, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 941 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 412 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #219,009 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My engagement with Suarez novels is very similar to how I've felt reading Michael Crichton - so if you're a fan of MC I recommend giving these a look-see.
I can't in good conscience deduct stars for this whack-o new amazon review BS - I have to describe the plot before I can do a review? Wisconsin Tourism Foundation?!? I want to share my thoughts in my own words, I don't want to have to pick your dumb category first. PLEASE change that to be optional or you're going to have far fewer reviews. First time I've been unhappy with amazon :(
The not-so-good: (***SPOILERS***) the writing isn't Suarez's best work. A lot of the dialog sounds like it came from a direct-to-video action potboiler. If Kenneth Durand is supposed to be smart and resourceful, yet continuously makes decisions that really don't seem that smart. And the UNIPOL agents seem to ready to jump to easy conclusions even when they have clear reasons to have doubts. Plus stupid overwrought nonsense - at the end Durand could clearly see his body had changed - why all the fuss about looking in a mirror. You'd think that would be the first thing he'd ask for. Lastly, while the book explores where CRISPR technology might go, some of the things (like someone with achondroplasia being restored to full height) are more on the order of fantasy; it ignores the fact that a lot is established during morphogenesis that can't be simply redone. But it makes for a good plot device.
I wasn't so entralled by the rambling route from the fascinating first genetic re-identity to the anticlimactic confrontation with the change maker. I'd have preferred a crisper pace with more focus on biotampering rather than meandering journey through disposable have-nothing hoards and hedonistically excessive techie havens. And the implausibly contrived invitation to the bioediting facility stretched credulity.
Sure the writing is smooth and the cautionary fictionalizing is philosophically spot on, but desultory aimlessness of the plot makes the point as disquietingly vague as Otto's "counterwound" DNA. I'm all for social commentary as SciFi or fantasy, but dystopian ethos gets lost when too much focus lands lightly on the perks while skipping negligently over the ubiquitous detriments.
Still, the story kept me engaged, and I appreciated the decent proofing enough to round up from 3½☆. But I'd rate it better as an exciting movie than a deeply engaging book.
Top reviews from other countries
Whereas Suarez's previous books have had multiple characters of interest and a variety of points of view, Change Agent is almost entirely from Durand's monotonous point of view.
The storyline is also pretty thin and the world drawn by Suarez is far less convincing than in previous books.
It does feel much more "filmable" than previous books - perhaps that what the author was going for.
I'd be very surprised if this isn't a film at some point in the near future, but unlike anything by Dan Brown it's actually a readable book too.