Perfectible Animals by Thomas Norwood

perfectible animals



It’s 2065. Environmental and social chaos are poised to disrupt all life on Earth.

Michael Khan, a geneticist struggling to save his wife from a deadly virus, is recruited by a secret organization to engineer the next stage in the evolution of Homo sapiens: highly immune to disease and extremely cooperative.

When the military learns of his research, they force him to help create a bio-weapon to be used against invading forces.

Desperate to save humanity before they wipe themselves out, Michael genetically modifies over one hundred children. Ironically, they start to breed diseases that are deadly to Homo sapiens, and he is arrested for bio-terrorism.

Now, Michael isn’t only fighting for the life of his wife, but for himself, his modified children, and millions of civilians about to be wiped out by diseases he is responsible for creating.

The problem is — he can’t save them all.

Perfectible Animals is a character-driven work of post apocalyptic fiction, blending the science-fiction, medical-thriller and techno-thriller genres. It explores two timely and thought-provoking topics – global warming and genetic modification – as well as the question of whether humans are fundamentally cooperative or competitive. It will appeal to anyone who has concerns about epidemics, environmental meltdown, out-of-control scientific research, and/or all-seeing intelligence agencies. It’s a cross between Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and Prey by Michael Crichton.    

Review by Angela

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.  I like end of the world novels and this one sounded a little different. Michael Khan wants to protect humanity, the environment and most importantly, his wife.  When he finds out that he may be able to do the latter but he has to help the military with a bio-weapon project, he decides to use them to help him with his research.  What he doesn’t know is that he may be inadvertently creating diseases instead of destroying them.  Yet, he is the one that is arrested and charged with terrorism.

I really liked this story.  It took a hold of me from the very beginning and pretty much didn’t let me go until the end. At times I didn’t quite follow the scientific stuff, but I didn’t think that it detracted much from the story.  I do think that maybe if Michael had someone he could explain things to that wasn’t a smarty pants like him and the rest of his friends and family, it might be a little easier to follow.  I like the idea of what Michael was trying to do – create a race of people that aren’t susceptible to the rampant diseases that are highly fatal.  I also like the idea of making them more cooperative and caring at the same time.  It would be such a different world if we weren’t killing ourselves and each other and everything else at the same time.  I give this story 4 books.


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