Thursday, August 27, 2015

(R)Evolution by PJ Manney


(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.

Peter’s 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!

13 comments:

Erika Sorocco said...

I'm not usually a fan of science fiction myself, but the premise of this one sounds highly intriguing!

xx

Brandi Kosiner said...

Good to hear she did a good job of explaining the science aspects, I think that I would get frustrated though

Kindlemom said...

It is important to try new genres, I agree. It is how I have found so many great new series and authors to try and love!

So glad this worked for you, especially since it is so long! Wonderful review Lauren, it sounds like this was a really great read for you. :D

The Bibliophile Babe said...

Sci-fy isn't really my thing, but this sounds good!

Tracy Terry said...

Given that I have a family member suffering with a form of dementia any novels featuring the condition have become a must read for me. I was worried that I might become a bit bogged down with the science so I'm pleased to read that the author dealt well with this. Great review, thank you.

Faye M. said...

I actually don't mind 500 pages for a science fiction book! If it's less than that, I usually tend to be very grumpy because I'd think there needed more pages to make things clearer. Science isn't a thing to be taken lightly :P And since you're not an SF person and all and yet you still loved this, I think that's a testament to the author's storytelling skills. I'd love to read this!

Faye at The Social Potato

Diva Booknerd said...

Ooh, this reminds me a little of the cancelled TV series Revolution, where nanobots were developed and used in warfare, but ended up sucking all the electricity from the world, and we were plunged back into the dark ages. I'm a massive fan of science fiction and really excited to grab a copy Lauren. Awesome review, so glad you took a chance and really enjoyed it <3

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I acutally like science and I would appreciate this since it is well explained and detailed. I will keep it in mind.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This sounds like a really cool story!

Muna said...

This book seems intriguing and love the concept of it.I think its great that all the answers are not answered in the first book but being flushed out into the next book! Great post :)

Bec Reader said...

This sounds like such an interesting book! It has the potential to be really difficult to understand, like all science haha, so I'm glad it was all explained well!

Aylee said...

That cover really caught my eye as I was scrolling through my reader! But 500 pages!! It must've had to have been damn good to keep your attention like that then. And unlike you, I actually love science :) I'm thinking I definitely need to add this to my tbr because it has such a great hook, as well as a fantastic cover :)

Heather Duff said...

This sounds interesting, I do love a good, long sci fi! Thanks for sharing!