Masha Gessen discovered through genetic testing that she had the dreaded BRCA1 genetic mutation -- the same mutation made famous recently by Angelina Jolie, which predisposes women to ovarian and breast cancer. As Gessen wrestled with a wrenching personal decision - -what to do with such knowledge -- she explored the landscape of a brave new world, speaking with others like her and with experts including medical researchers, historians, and religious thinkers.
Blood Matters is a much-needed field guide to this unfamiliar and unsettling territory. It explores the way genetic information is shaping the decisions we make, not only about our physical and emotional health but about whom we marry, the children we bear, even the personality traits we long to have. And it helps us come to terms with the radical transformation that genetic information is engineering in our most basic sense of who we are and what we might become.
|Publisher:||Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Masha Gessen is a journalist who has written for Slate, Seed, the New Republic, the New York Times, and other publications, and is the author of two previous books. She lives in Moscow.
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(I received this ebook (ARC) free, from Librarything.com, for an honest review.) Here's a galley that blew my mind. Blood Matters is the story of young Brittany, who is caught up in a series of tragedies. First, her mother has an affair, deserting her and her father. Her dad then takes up with Ella, a girlfriend half his age, one whom Brittany loathes. Because of Ella, Brittany’s beloved pet Mittens was vanquished from the home to a backyard fort. It's in the fort that Brittany discovers the body of her best friend Emily. Cause of death: suicide. Brittany, inconsolable to everyone, finds Emily reaching out to her... form the grave. Emily attempts to give an urgent message, one that could possibly save her friend, but Brittany turns a deaf ear. On a ghost! Now she finds herself in a situation where she can either injure others, or like Emily, injure herself. Blood Matters carried an original concept, one like no other. For the rest of this review: http://tinyurl.com/ofhze5c
I was lucky enough to receive an early reviewer's copy of this book from Library Thing and the publisher Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. In return I'm to give an honest review. I requested this book because I've avoided all the vampire books that have been the rage with YA readers the last few years. It was time I explored this genre to see what some of my grandchildren were reading. I always commit to at least 100 pages before I give up on a book. When I reached page 83, I realized I was flipping through at a rapid pace because I was hooked by the story. I'm at a loss of how to review this since have no idea what a spoiler would be and I don't want to to intrude on anyone's reading experience. Combine parasites with vampires, throw in the foibles of humanity and this book is what you get. Surprises await as there's room for the love of friendship among these creatures and this is what you get, and love always wins. The only thing that prevented me from giving it five stars is the need of a good proofreader. The typos and wrong words distracted me, but not enough to ruin the creativity. You can safely recommend this to anyone who enjoys this genre or to anyone willing to try something new. I give BLOOD MATTERS four stars.
I was provided this book for an honest review. I will honestly say it took me quite a bit of time to read this book. I couldn't get into it. Why? Because I felt that I was reading the same thing over and over again in each chapter. A teenage girl (Brittany) loses her best friend and is infected with this parasite who she calls E.V. (Emily-her best friend) the vampire. I like the details throughout the book and how the story gave background as to how this parasite basically went from one person to the other over many years. Here's what I didn't like. So we know the vampires need blood. I felt like that's all it talked about in each and every chapter. How hungry E.V. was and how they needed to eat "now." I got tired of reading that. After a certain point the story shifted and it actually got pretty good. There is Brittany's changes not only physically but mentally. Her relationship with this parasite, with a boy at school, her parents and all those she comes across. The book has a bit of a twist to it towards the end. Unfortunately the outcome wasn't what I wanted and I was hoping things would get better for the characters but things don't always turn out how you want. Would I recommend this book? Yes, of course. Overlook how much talk there is about the need to eat and you have a pretty good vampire book here.