TLC Book Tours: The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette (My Review)
|The Forever Man|
A Near-Future Thriller
by Pierre Ouellette
Alibi, Random House
From the author of The Deus Machine and The Third Pandemic comes a fast-paced thriller about the power of harnessing life itself—and the deadly secrets it conceals.
Portland, Oregon, was once a beacon of promise and prosperity. Now it’s the epicenter of a world gone wrong, its streets overrun by victims and hustlers, drifters and gangsters. Lowly contract cop Lane Anslow struggles to keep afloat—and to watch out for his brilliant but bipolar brother, Johnny, a medical researcher. Lane soon discovers that Johnny is part of an experiment veiled in extraordinary secrecy. But he has no idea who’s behind it, how astronomical the stakes are, or how many lives might be destroyed to make it a reality.
Now Johnny’s gone missing. To find him, Lane follows a twisting trail into a billionaire’s hilltop urban fortress, a politician’s inner circle, a prison set in an aircraft graveyard, and a highly guarded community where people appear to be half their biological age. Hunted by dueling enemies, Lane meets a beautiful and enigmatic woman at the center of a vast web of political and criminal intrigue. And behind it all is a sinister, desperate race to claim the biggest scientific prize of all: eternal life.
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The Forever Man is unlike any book I've read. A combination of suspense, science fiction, mystery, and dystopian with a gumshoe detective sort of vibe, it's one of the most unique stories to grace my Kindle in a while. Lane Anslow is the antihero cop who's main concern becomes looking for his brother Johnny, a brilliant but tortured mind whose gotten in deep trouble with some powerful people. That story-line is one I've read before, but when combined with the dystopian setting and "science-y" themes and some really messed up people it made for a lot different story than what I'm used to reading as a fan of the uber popular YA fiction genre.
The Forever Man is NOT for the faint of heart. Recently, I've kind of become addicted to series' like Sleepy Hollow and I've watched a little of The Walking Dead, so the blood and guts...meh, but this story kind of has that psychological thriller edge to it that really creeps me out! That said it also has some adult themes, language, and mils sexual content so proceed with caution if you are a sensitive reader. I could have done without it, but I understand the need to have it in the story to lend that sort of seedy, gritty feel.
All in all The Forever Man, while not really my go to genre when I'm looking for a good story, was still intriguing and interesting. It's exciting (and scary!) to get peeks into what the world might look like in the future. The idea of living longer lives is certainly something that you think about the farther science and technology take us! The Forever Man is definitely a book to read if you enjoy a thrilling story!
~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~*I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*