Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Blog Tour: The Borealis Genome

YA Sci Fi
Date Published: 6/4/2013

New novel The Borealis Genome addresses the issue of increased moral ambiguity as scientific technology advances and removes our sense of individuality. The married authors throw engaged characters Tim and Nora into a scientific nightmare where mind-uploading and a weaponized virus allow the minds of the few to control those of the masses. As the population starts turning into mental zombies can Tim and Nora find the source of this mayhem? And can their love persevere through these harrowing times?

My Review:

 This was quite a unique take on the "zombie genre." The story starts off with wonderfully descriptive scenes that caught my attention right away. I loved how this was a collaboration between a couple, yet I couldn't tell one bit. Sadly, when I read a book that is co-written by two people I can tell when the "styles" switch. This time I did not! Fluid writing and a cohesive story is what I found! 

This book was a great but also scary read into what could potentially be the future. The type of zombie described within this book is the most terrifying sort there could ever really be! It's a bold take, a great story, and wonderful characters. Tim and Nora are well written and have a great presence on the page. 

A great, engaging, and chilling read!

Thomas & Nancy Wise
Thomas and Nancy come from very different backgrounds.  Thomas was raised in a military family and lived through the separations of war and the challenges that a family faces when coming back together. Challenges such as injuries and the frailty of the body and shifts in the personality that war bring to a family can force everyone to redefine how they see the themselves and the world around them. Nancy was raised in a family challenged by severe injuries.  Her father was paralyzed and could no longer work causing the family to reform around a new breadwinner when their mother had to take over. 
We chose to write a book shaped around these realities and the challenges that new technologies will force societies all over the world to deal with very soon. Mind uploading, neural networks, and human gene manipulation combined with new medical discoveries may become a new reality that we must all understand and learn what it means to our lives. These are realities today that were only science fiction just a few years ago that will soon have a real and direct affect on our lives.
Tom earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management in 2012 and has other books including “Trust in Virtual Teams,” and “Agile Readiness.”


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