Midwest Book Review says - "Genetically Privileged is an insightful spin of science fiction exploring genetic engineering. Recommended."
Genetically Privileged is the first of a series that tells the compelling story of a couple desperate for parenthood. And upon reuniting with an old friend they believe they can trust, take the steps toward achieving their parental goals. Only to find themselves entangled in a program the government has been using to modify the human genome.
But the story grows to include the achievements of the children and the challenges they face in a society that doesn't quite understand them, yet doesn't hesitate to use their special abilities for its own purposes.
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Reviewed by Alysha Allen for Readers' Favorite Mary is a violinist at the Philadelphia Philharmonic. Joe is a national football star. Unlikely as it may seem that these two would ever fall in love, nonetheless they marry. Mary and Joe Christianson have the perfect gene traits but have unsuccessfully been trying to have a baby for years. Driven by desperation, the Christiansons move from Philadelphia to Bethlehem in order to consult a fertility specialist and Joe's long-time friend, Dr. Benjamin Gabriel. Unbeknownst to them, however, Mary and Joe's genetic strain has been chosen by the government to create a whole host of genetically-advanced children. While the couple has their first child, Justice, Dr. Gabriel and his genetically-privileged assistant work under the government's supervision to rear and train these children. While some are used to innovate technology for beneficial purposes, others are sent to be spies or weapon-wielding soldiers for the war against terrorism. As Justice grows older, his parents are alarmed by his uncommonly developed physical, mental, and intellectual aptitude, and must face the tribulations and dangers awaiting them from those who want to harness their son's gifted powers for harmful purposes. A.W. Daniels commands our attention in the first of the Genetically Privileged series, Redux, with the intriguing concept of genetic engineering now pioneering the forefront of the sciences. Daniels approaches this controversial topic with laudable impartiality and delicate finesse when delineating the potential negative and positive outcomes in fictional scenarios. These scenarios may possess an uncomfortably close resemblance to current issues, such as the war on terrorism in Syria, but Daniels is able to circumvent these anxieties into a lively narrative that positively engages readers, proving his panache for storytelling. In his sequel, Genetically Conflicted, the battle between the genetically-gifted and those who want to exploit their preternatural powers explodes into violence as planet Earth turns into a dangerous combat zone.
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite Genetically Privileged - Redux by A.W. Daniels starts with an introduction to Joe and Mary Christianson, a childless couple who, like many couples unable to conceive naturally, are at a fertility clinic looking to science and modern medicine to conceive a child. So far, so good. What happens next though, as they are caught up in the web of new genetic engineering techniques including cloning, and producing “children that are made to order” with specific physical characteristics and mental abilities, is nothing short of intriguing and fascinating. Would the children conceived out of this process be like other, “normal” children? What will society be like with a mixture of “normal” and “specially manufactured” people? Would these genetically made-to-order beings think, act, behave like normal humans? These and questions like these, some of which are answered in this book, are what make this book stand out for me and leave me wanting to know more. Genetically Privileged - Redux by A.W. Daniels is a science fiction novel that takes us into the realms of genetic manipulation and artificially modified DNA. It is an absolutely fascinating glimpse into the marvels of modern medicine and how far it can take us as a human race. A.W. Daniels has written an outstanding book that seems well-researched and makes readers feel excited about the possibilities of the future. The writing flows extremely well and at no point does the reader feel bored or out-of-depth, considering the subject matter. The characters are wonderfully drawn and really make one empathize with them. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait for part II in the series.