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?
I gave this one a shot despite it's cover. I will admit I'm a bit of a cover whore, if it doesn't have a good cover I almost always don't even give the synopsis a chance (Luckily this one was a Book Tour so I read what it was about). This cover just really does not do anything to grab a readers attention. After reading the book, I understand where the cover fits the novel, but it just really does not draw a reader in like a book should. That being said, the story really is superbly written.
It is a Young Adult Novel and at times it felt like a younger YA novel if that makes sense as far as the characters were concerned. However the themes of this book are quite advanced and unique for this genre.
I think that overall this is a very interesting concept and the execution of both the plot and the compelling characters were very well done.
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.”