Steve S. Grant's The Dreamer Genome was self-published in November 2012. It's Steve S. Grant's debut book.
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Information about The Dreamer Genome:
In 2020, a passionate scientist conducts secret genetic manipulations to give human fetuses the ability to survive long periods of hibernation. He is supported by a pharmaceutical tycoon who believes in his genius and realizes the implications of his work: Cryogenics... to prolong life... a one-way time machine to the future... unlimited financial potential to the company who develops and markets such a long coveted dream.
When the clandestine lab is voluntarily destroyed to avoid discovery, test subjects are scattered and raised in extremely different conditions. Unfortunately for them, their corporate parent is expecting a high return on its initial investment. Greed and personal ambition eventually overthrow the last remaining shreds of common decency and the experiment spirals down a dark path.
The Dreamer Genome is a realistic sci-fi thriller exploiting untested scientific theories in the tradition of Michael Crichton. Readers are taken on a wild ride to the near future and confronted with a definite possibility of the new century.
A REVIEW OF STEVE S. GRANT'S THE DREAMER GENOME
The Dreamer Genome is an entertaining and accessible near future science fiction thriller.
I don't normally read this kind of realistic science fiction thrillers, so I'm not on expert on this kind of fiction, but I found myself liking The Dreamer Genome. Because this book is Steve S. Grant's debut book, there are a couple of rough spots, but on the whole this book is a relatively enjoyable and interesting reading experience. It's a surprisingly interesting story about genetic research and its dangers, and space exploration.
In this book's case I think it's best not to write too much about the plot, because it would probably ruin the reading of pleasure of several readers. I'll only mention that the test subjects who were raised in different environments and conditions had interesting lives. It was nice to read about them and their lives and what happened to them.
Steve S. Grant uses an interesting narrative technique, because the story often jumps a few years forward in time. This may be a bit confusing to some readers, but in my opinion it works pretty well, because the readers get to see what has happened during the jumps and how things have evolved. The author also uses newsflashes to tell his readers about scientific discoveries and news.
The story moves fast forward and the author spends time on making sure that the readers are hooked on the story. The story is surprisingly good and entertaining, which is nice, because there are several sci-fi thrillers which aren't very good plot wise. (By the way, according to the end of the book, the author will continue the story in a book called Orbiting Sins.)
The character development in this book is in my opinion similar to the character development in other sci-fi thrillers. I liked the way the author wrote about the technological and scientific discoveries and the characters involved in them. One of the best moments in this book is when the test subjects discuss their origins, because it reveals how the they feel about being genetically engineered humans and how they react to the lies they were told.
The Dreamer Genome shows how immoral and questionable the actions of the big companies and individuals can be when they want to make profit. A lot has been written about this subject already, but Steve S. Grant's approach to it feels entertaining.
On his website, the author mentions that his favourite ingredients are genetics, science and space projects. In my opinion he uses all these elements vigorously and satisfyingly to create a potent sci-fi thriller. (Steve S. Grant clearly has potential and I think that he will continue to develop as an author.)
This book reminded me a bit of the books written by Michael Crichton and other similar authors, so I think that fans of Michael Crichton might be interested in it.
The Dreamer Genome can be recommended for readers, who are interested in sci-fi thrillers. It's a fast read, so it's a bit like a tasty snack between larger meals - in other words, it's good and harmless fun for sci-fi readers and fans of sci-fi thrillers.