(R)Evolution by PJ Manney
Review by Lauren
Source: copy sent for review; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Scientist Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his
life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic
scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of
revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will
make certain degenerative diseases become a thing of the past. But after
his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die
in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. No one is more horrified than
Peter, as this catastrophe sets in motion events that will forever
change not only his life but also the course of human evolution.
company is torn from his grasp as the public clamors for his blood.
Desperate, he turns to an old friend, who introduces him to the Phoenix
Club, a cabal of the most powerful people in the world. To make himself
more valuable to his new colleagues, Peter infuses his brain with
experimental technology, exponentially upgrading his mental prowess and
transforming him irrevocably.
As he’s exposed to unimaginable
wealth and influence, Peter’s sense of reality begins to unravel. Do the
club members want to help him, or do they just want to claim his
technology? What will they do to him once they have their prize? And
while he’s already evolved beyond mere humanity, is he advanced enough
to take on such formidable enemies and win?
Review: This book is a little over 500 pages long, so it’s not something I can really help summarize beyond what the official summary tells you. I will say, however, that it was fantastic and I really loved practically every minute. I don’t read a lot of science fiction, but I think it’s important to branch out sometimes and try new genres, and I’m glad that I took this interesting summary and went with it, because it definitely paid off.
Peter Bernhardt is a scientist who wants to use nanotechnology to help people like his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and lives in a nursing home. However, this same technology can also be used by terrorists and they do, killing thousands of people. Peter and his company are soon seen as suspects and Peter has to use the help of his college friend, Carter, in order to not only stay out of prison for something he didn’t even do, but to also find a way to continue working with nanotechnology to create something else that will still help people.
(R)Evolution is very scientific, but for someone like me, who hates science and is really bad it, Manney does a phenomenal job explaining everything. Peter works with some intricate technology and scientific information, so it’s important that Manney can hold the average reader’s attention. What I also really loved is that everything Peter works with and created felt realistic. Nanotechnology is a real thing, and while Manney makes everything come “to life” so to speak for Peter in today’s day and age, this is also based around real ideas and research. It’s important for certain science fiction books to feel real and (R)Evolution definitely did! I also didn’t realize that this was the first book in a series, but it is, and I can’t wait for the second novel to be released.
Regardless of (R)Evolution not being a standalone, it still ends in a really good place, so you won’t feel like you have to wait a long time for big answers!