Living Proof

Living Proof

by Kira Peikoff
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Living Proof 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Bookfool More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot, science vs religion but the book was disappointing and too predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kira demonstrated a wonderful talent for writing in her own way. However, I fail to see how Kira could be considered one of Ayn's successors. Ayn Rand had an original spirit that eventually started her own school of thought. Kira all to often leaves the reader with the impression that she was following a preconcieved formula and not creating her own equation. It is obvious Kira's attempt at excellence is nothing mors then a plea of acceptance from her father. Compared to some other recently written fictions it was a good way to pass time but nothing more.
DML2112 More than 1 year ago
What a great debut novel! I really enjoyed the heroic characters, and the plot was suspenseful. Also, I find it a pertinent reminder of the irrational repression of life-saving and life promoting scientific research. Ms. Peikoff, you have gained a fan who is looking forward to your next novel!
Adam_Reed More than 1 year ago
Kira Peikoff's first book, like any story destined to endure, brings the reader into a previously unexperienced world. This world exists in our own. It is inhabited, in focus, by people of integrity and conviction. Floaters happen but vanish. Peikoff writes with the clarity and pace of Alan Furst, but her world is not separated from ours by a continent and seven decades of hindsight. The conflict is as intense as in any of Alan Furst's books, but it is here, in a near-future Manhattan. The hidden apocalyptic struggle of the present is all the sharper for being set in a world with which the reader is intimate. The unburnished surfaces of a first book are there, but quickly vanish from sight. I now have one more writer, to look more forward to reading with every book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great first book! I really liked this book. It got my interest from the start and I found it difficult to put down. Although the story was a bit predictable, it was suspenseful and thought provoking. I would definitely recommend it! I am looking forward to her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living Proof is not only a book that will keep your attention and have you staying up half the night. It's also a very important and timely book, due to the ongoing debates on embryonic stem cell research. Living Proof makes the moral case for why this research is desperately needed, and why the government and religious communities have no right to stop it. Not only that, but it also presents the other side of the debate in a fair and accurate way. It gives a picture of what our world could be, in the near future, if we do not stand up for our right to have this important research done to save and improve millions of lives; because the people who would stop it in this book, are out there right now, doing everything they can to undermine it based on their religious convictions. But aside from having a great moral message, Living Proof also has engaging and interesting characters and a strong plot, and you'll always want to know what will happen next. Do yourself a favor and read this book, and then pass it along to relatives and friends (or buy them a copy). You won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first chapters of the book were very intriguing but later on when it came to religion vs science the author let science win however i was hoping it would meet somewhere in the middle..sorry ill have to give this one 2stars.
Roark2112 More than 1 year ago
Living Proof is a very good read in which the clash between science and religion is dramatized in the lives of the characters. Set in a not too distant New York City, one gets the feeling that it's already happening. The page-turning pace keeps you riveted right up until the end. I liked reading the book but for additional enjoyment I purchased the audio book, which is narrated faithfully. I look forward to Kira Peikoff's next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is extraordinarily engaging and compelling. It takes an issue (embryonic stem cell research & treatments) that is often the subject of theoretical political debate, and brings the issue to life with a dramatic plot that expands in detail on the dictatorial government actions that would follow in practice from a formal, legal codification of the principle that life begins at conception. The political system of the year 2027 is a kind of theocratic fascism, in which the events of the plot unfold. One sees the senseless persecution of characters who are subject to the cruel oppression of government agencies such as the Department of Embryo Protection (DEP) and the Department of Embryo and Fetus Protection (DEFP). The reader becomes enraged upon seeing the blind fanaticism of the devout government agents who act to protect embryos -- five day old clusters of undifferentiated cells that merely have the *potential* to become people -- at the expense of threatening to destroy the lives of *actual* people such as the heroine, Arianna Drake, who desperately fights to save her own life as the villainous Agent Dopp of the DEP fights with equal fervor to prevent her from doing so. Ms. Peikoff shows us, through the logical unfolding of events, the deadly senselessness of an irrational mystic creed imposed by force on man, who by his nature must depend on reason to survive. She also shows us an inspiring picture of the heroism and unyielding persuit of values that rational men (and women) are capable of. And she does this while telling a damn good story with a well integrated plot and interesting characters. I'm now a Kira Peikoff fan and I can't wait to read her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book expecting to read for a few minutes on my lunch break- instead I ended up reading it in one sitting! The author presents two sides of this complex and contentious issue with integrity, before bringing the story to a close through carefully presented logical reasoning. The writing style is thrilling, easy to read and fast paced, without sacrificing rich description and fully developed characters. It is truly a gem.
AnObjectivist More than 1 year ago
Good first novel. The viewpoint is, as one reviewer said, "Not for Christians," as it presents the Christian view that life begins at conception, as not only NOT "pro-life," but actually ANTI-life. Author has a challenge to come up with an equally engaging premise for a future novel, which I would definitely read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in the court of those who are Ayn Rand fans but did not love this book. The premise of the book was interesting, but the execution could have been more precise. The book as a whole was overwritten, and would have been better had it been shorter. George Orwell’s 1984, for instance, tells a similar, fuller story in fewer pages. The religious monologues and the “us vs. them” concept were repeated throughout. The passages showing Trent following Arianna and lying to his boss could have been fewer in number, and Trent’s inner conflict also took up much of the story, which did bog it down some. The dramatic, redundant emphasis on the DEP trying to crack down on Arianna only began to speed up towards the end of the story. The fate of the DEP is not defined, despite the attention given to the political deals struck to keep it alive. A more conclusive ending would have been better as well, as it is not known where the protagonists can go next to be safe. The author vacillates between a colloquial writing style and that of Ayn Rand. It is entirely possible to demonstrate the same philosophy using one’s own style of writing, but that did not fully come through here. The parts that did resemble Ayn Rand’s formal style appeared to be contrived. When the writing did not resemble Ayn Rand’s, it contained some unnecessary small talk between characters, as well as swearing (including the F-word) sprinkled throughout the book. Dr. Peikoff did answer a question in one of his podcasts, saying that profanity is “a mere spewing of anger,” which was why Ayn Rand did not write using profanity. Although I could sympathize with their frustration towards the government bureaucrats, I was surprised to see that the protagonists would speak this way. I could not agree with the advanced praise that the author was “the next Ayn Rand.” The scientific/medical content showed that the author did do background research for the story, although the shorthand term “oligos” was used in lieu of oligodendrocytes, when it actually stands for oligonucleotides. As with the repetitive passages, the medical content could have been less in amount and woven throughout, instead of appearing as multi-paragraph explanations. It gave a textbook feel, and a sense of overly proving to the reader that the background research for the story had in fact been done. There were some misused words, typos, and grammatical issues (subject-verb agreement, who vs. whom) that stuck out. The similes and metaphors were frequent, and became somewhat annoying. Arianna was quite naïve and foolish to trust and fall in love with Trent so quickly, when she had been covering up an illegal lab. The falling out and re-establishing of trust between them after Trent’s confession happened too quickly, but this was because the confession took place so late in the story. I would have liked to see Arianna give the DEP inspector a piece of her mind, as Dagny of Atlas Shrugged did with the villains, rather than quietly accommodate his presence at her clinic. Also, Sam’s romantic feelings for Arianna came up suddenly out of nowhere in the latter portion of the book, and although it did not kill the storyline, it did appear to be crammed in. I am glad I read the book so that I could see for myself what it was. I did not hate it; however, I am also glad I borrowed a library copy, because after having read it, I do not feel strongly enough about it to purchase my own copy.
shyd More than 1 year ago
I have to say I went into this book not really sure what to expect. I was hoping it wasn't going to be too preachy and I was disappointed. Peikoff did a great job of showing both sides of this issue and in such an engaging way. She told an amazing story with characters that I found myself rooting for to come out on top. This book was truly a great read and like nothing I have read lately. We start this book out by meeting Arianna and learning that she is a fertility doctor. I immediately picked up on how strong she was and how brilliant she was. Arianna is in the lab waiting on the routine DEP inspector to come in and make sure everything is up to par. You can tell she is nervous about something and I found myself caught up in it also wondering what she was hiding. The secret she was hiding wasn't what I expected and had me so excited. Arianna is secretly using some of the embryos to use to make clones so that she can further her research. The world building in this book was amazing as it wasn't hard at all to imagine living in this time. I could see the government putting these regulations in place and monitoring the clinics. The bigger question Peikoff brought out in this book was if it was ok. Should the government have that type of control and should people like Arianna be fighting against it. I loved her meeting Trent and turning everything he thought he knew on his head. It was truly amazing to see how his growing love for Arianna made him question what he has always thought was right. Arianna and Trent have to both deal with different things and try to race against the clock to try to keep Arianna alive. I loved the characters of Megan who was Arianna's cousin and Sam who was the another scientist trying to further their research. Megan was the great family support that Arianna needed and Sam was like a father figure. He had a bit of a mad scientist vibe about him and I felt sorry for him at times. He seemed so alone and aloof. They all worked together so well to try to come to the common goal. Peikoff wrote an amazing story with great plot twists and turns throughout. I loved her ability to put both sides of this story out there without making it too preachy or scientific. The story flowed and was a read I couldn't put down. I was enthralled with it and I loved how Peikoff was afraid to push the boundaries and take risks. It made for a great read because of it. I highly recommend this book to others.
cindymt More than 1 year ago
This is not a book I would pay for. Premise is interesting – set about 15 years in the future, there is a government ban on stem cell research and a police force to back it up. However, the promise of the premise is never fulfilled. A priest who left the church for love, cliché, is now the zealous head of that police force and trying to atone for leaving the church, cliché. The plucky brave researchers, cliché, defy the ban to save one of their own from MS, ad nauseum. The only interesting points, only hinted, is the pre-natal care mandated by the state to make sure each embryo becomes a full-term baby leading to things like a fine for one glass of champagne. The story shows the danger of zealots but all in all, pretty formulaic. Pretty disappointed. Received free copy for review.
ArtemisJM More than 1 year ago
Miss Peikoff acknowledges her father in the credits because he persuaded her to continue the story when she had given up. The story is written consciously with snippets of Ayn Rand’s style that do not fit the style of the author. The theme is underdeveloped, lacks purpose, has floating abstractions, and is verbose. The author should study Fiction Writing by Ayn Rand; after all she has access to the material. It seemed as if she had a whim to write a story, never really took the means seriously, and put more value on becoming a published author than in writing a good story.