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Off Target by Eve Smith
About The Book
In an all-too-possible near future, when genetic engineering has become the norm for humans, parents are prepared to take incalculable risks to ensure that their babies are perfect – altering genes that may cause illness, and more…
Susan has been trying for a baby for years, and when an impulsive one-night stand makes her dream come true, she’ll do anything to keep her daughter and ensure her husband doesn’t find out … including the unthinkable. She believes her secret is safe. For now.
But as governments embark on a perilous genetic arms race and children around the globe start experiencing a host of distressing symptoms – even taking their own lives – something truly horrendous is unleashed. Because those children have only one thing in common, and people are starting to ask questions…
Some books are written to make you enjoy the ride, some others to make you think and challenge your thoughts and ideas. “Off Target” is a book to put you in a difficult spot, to show you how the world is not always black and white. How something you could think being impartial is horrible but once your own skin is at risk, you wouldn’t be so straight with your decisions.
This is a futuristic story, possibly in the near future, where you could change the DNA of your sons before getting pregnant; to repair some genetic illness… This can be a very important step forward, but as always, when is the moment to stop the changes? Only the death sentence genetic illness is worth the change or the simple details like the eyes, hair or skin colour deserve to be changed too? When is the moment to stop?
This is the story of Susan, she wants to be a mother, and almost needs it, so when after a night out she discovers that is pregnant, and is ready to do anything to keep this baby. ANYTHING.
I don’t think I can say there was anything I didn’t like about this book; maybe Susan’s husband? I didn’t like it but it’s part of the story, how Susan feels alone in the marriage and her husband ignores her. Maybe if he would be straight and helpful the situation would have been different? Possibly, but as I said it’s all Susan’s surroundings that push her to take the decisions she took.
This is a fiction story; gripping but real, scaring but eye opening. A story I would challenge everyone to read, we need debate about this topic, not a decision that scientist should take nor the radicals, it has to be the citizens. Our life, our babies, our choice.
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About The Author
Eve Smith writes speculative fiction – mainly about the things that scare her – which she attributes to a childhood watching Tales of the Unexpected and black-and-white Edgar Allen Poe double bills. Previously COO of an environmental charity, she has an ongoing passion for wild creatures, wild science and far-flung places.