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Regeneration X (Regeneration Chronicles, #1) by [Blackburn, Ellison]
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"Ellison Blackburn writes with the incisiveness of a clinician deeply informed by the sensibilities of a poet. This is rare and personally, I would place Regeneration X among the top ranks of the literature with which I am acquainted.

"Seen at extreme magnification, a butterfly's wing is a thing of remarkable beauty, but the tiny structures that make it so also allow it to fly. Regeneration X is like the wing of a red admiral. First, you have to notice it, then examine it very closely. Only then, will its beauty and power become accessible."  -Owen O'Neill, author

Product Details

  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Erstwhile Press; 1 edition (April 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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I am a huge fan of diversity within established genres, especially sci-fi. Regeneration X is a subtle yet welcome deviation from the realm of space ships, robots, and laser guns.

Set in the very near future, I do admit to raising an eyebrow at some of the author's predictions. I can accept that in ten years we might have the technology to regenerate ourselves on a cellular level and cybernetic implants are already in use as treatment for medical conditions,but I am not quite convinced that we as a nation will end poverty within the next century, let alone the next decade.

Charley was a fascinating character. On many levels, I related to her thoughts and concerns about growing complacent with life as middle age sets in and I've often had the same worries about making memories vs simply existing. I have to wonder which path I would choose if the option of regeneration was open to me. Honestly, I'd likely go for the cybernetics, and I think that's what I loved most about this story: it made me think.

I read often and I read almost exclusively for pleasure. While there are many intelligent sci-fi and fantasy books that have given me reason to pause and consider my worldviews, few have given me the same level of introspection as this tale. In a way, the ending (which I will not spoil) is brilliant in the manner in which it addresses the reader. Highly recommended to readers of any genre.
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Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.

An insightful novel about the lonely darkness that nostalgia can bring upon us. In our longing to know where things went wrong, we often hide our self-doubt and failures with rose colored glasses. And sometimes what we consider to be a failure wasn't a failure at all, it simply did not meet our contrived and specifically rigid definition of success. When we narrow our vision of what we are, what we should be, what we can be, and what we could have been, we often trap ourselves in a cage that can be nearly unbreakable. And when drastic measures are taken to shatter the bars, we often find ourselves in a lonelier, stranger place than before, where we realize that we weren't trapped at all.

I would recommend this book to anyone, the reason being that we are all miserable, hamstrung, joyless creatures for no other reason than we believe we are, and quite often through our own faults or perceptions. And this book exemplifies the adage, Look Before You Leap.
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"Regeneration X" is a unique sci-fi book. Set in the very near future--2024-2026, to be exact--it is the journal and experiences of Charley, a woman in her fifties (at the start of the novel) who feels trapped, bored, and ordinary in her comfortable middle-class existence. As an attempt to restart her life and start living in an exciting and authentic way, one that will allow her to create lasting memories, she decides to undergo the very new procedure of regeneration, which allows people to make their bodies younger or older. In the space of a few months after the procedure Charley's body changes from that of a 55-year-old to that of a 17-year-old, and Charley starts applying to colleges, wanting to restart her career from the ground up. Only it turns out it's not as easy to reinvent yourself as she had hoped...

The concept of gene/cell therapy is not unusual in sci-fi, but what sets Regeneration X apart is its focus on the inner lives of the characters rather than the accoutrements of the future. Things in 2026 are pretty much the same as they are in 2016, other than slightly more advanced medicine and communication possibilities. People, however, are pretty much the same, and Charley's struggles will probably ring a bell with most readers. She's always wanted to be unique and different and have exciting adventures, but it turns out that being unique is hard and exciting adventures are not that much fun when they're actually happening--her recurring dreams of a memory of hiking in the Alps and discovering that it's mostly about sweating and sore muscles, not glorious uplifting epiphanies, is a wonderful insight into her character and the characters of so, so many people. This is not an adventure novel in the classic sense, and the actual sci-fi aspect is understated: the main focus is always on Charley's journey and experiences, and as a detailed and in-depth character study it is well worth reading.
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Although I am at a very different place in my life than Charley, I was able to partially grasp and understand what she was going through in her life. I could empathize with her decisions and rationale with de-aging.

The world of the book felt like a believable future, with being mostly similar but with some sci-fi esque aspects. We don't get that much of a look at it because of the narrator, though. Which is okay, but I wish there was more detail.

The plot, or well, personal journey of Charley felt a little slow and tiresome at points, but her character is very wishy washy, so that makes sense in context. I was frustrated by her and happy for her at various moments in the novel.

I do not feel entirely satisfied by the ending, but once again that has to do with the personal nature of the story. Charley changed in subtle ways, rather than more epic ones.

Overall, it is a very interesting read and was insightful to how and why we make choices.
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