Perfection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion
Double Helix #1
Publication Date: June 11th, 2012
Format: Paperback, 202 pages
Source: From the author
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Science Fiction. It’s the road less traveled on my quest to devour as many books as I can in this lifetime. Genetics. It’s a topic untouched, unread, unloved. Actually, I shouldn’t say unloved. I’d say, more…undecided. I know nothing of the subject and feel even less inclined to read about them. But this book sure did its best to change my mind.
The gist of the novel is this: Humans playing god; humans acting less humane and monsters seemingly more humane than humans. Don’t worry, it’s not that complicated. It starts with a group of highly ambitious scientists who thought that since technology had pretty much gone where it needed to go, the next giant step for mankind is to create perfection. Galahad is the product of this daring experiment: a human with the perfect genes. But it’s a process of trial and error and in those experiments come abominations.
In a world where mutants co-exist with humans – telepaths, empath, and mutants with telekinesis abilities – the battle for supremacy is about to come to a head. And amidst the carnage is one Danyael Sabre; an alpha empath who has the power to heal and absorb emotions, dark or otherwise. He’s a reluctant hero whose self-sacrificing tendencies put him in the running for sainthood. His powers to manipulate the emotions of those around him gave him a very troubled childhood. His parents wanted nothing to do with him; so much so that he’d endured constant abuse at a tender age of two, almost three. This man had so much compassion and kindness for someone who’s a mutant. How his story relates to Galahad is something that I will leave for you to discover. Though I wasn’t that clear how the mutants came about, it’s one of those imagined world where you just accept things for how they were. As far as I’m concerned, Kerrion was thoroughly convincing that you would not find yourself looking for the hows and the whys.
The hatred and discrimination against the mutants by regular human beings is reminiscent of the X-men comic series by Stan Lee; where factions try hard to find a common ground so they may exist in peace. But of course there are purists groups who refuse to accept the unnatural order of things. Really, it’s the same old story of unfounded hate for something or someone outside of what they know. Bigotry and violence ran rampant and the world is divided to those who are tolerant and those who are ignorant.
From his sublime friendship with Lucien, his immediate connection with Galahad, and his unrelenting, selfless disregard for his being, Danyael gave this otherwise clinical genre a lot more heart. This novel would have you completely absconded in a world you may not be familiar with but you’d be pleasantly surprised with the ease with which the story would captivate you.