To earn her freedom, she has to survive the deadliest race on Earth
The tests never stopped, but they told her she'd be fine. She was nearly indestructible.
She knew it was a lie. Genetic test subjects like her usually died by thirty, and they always died in pain.
But on her 21st birthday, she's given a chance to escape the lab and live forever.
She just has to survive the deadliest race on earth.
"Vivid and fast-paced, Run Lab Rat Run explores the coming era of human augmentation at every level, from scientific to ethical, asking 'What if every possibility comes true? Might we split into dozens of species?' This is the real deal in speculative fiction." - David Brin, author of The Postman and Existence.
"Gattaca meets the Hunger Games in this dystopian science fiction adventure" - K.A. Fox, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Murphy's Law Series
"Shawn C. Butler pulls the reader into a world of genetic enhancements and mutations, artificial intelligence, robots and implants...a cautionary tale; a complex, thought-provoking and twisted story of specieism and discrimination, competition, power and control." - ReadingCafe
"5 stars! Recommended to lovers of gripping futuristic tales with themes of society, inequality, and genetic modification. Run Lab Rat Run proved to be an insightful and gripping read, surrounding core themes of society, discrimination, and genetic modification. It was a highly thought-provoking read." - Bookish Beyond
"I was instantly immersed in the book. Such fantastic, descriptive language without being verbose. Written so that it was a scarily believable future. A strong female lead who is also beautifully flawed such that we can empathise with her." - Isobel Ross
"A fun and entertaining read that presents science fiction in a very believable way. Brilliant metaphors and imagery that could only be written by someone with personal experience in pushing a body to its limits." - Tim Y
"Shawn Butler presents us with a glimpse into this possible future in an entertaining tale of an athletic competition gone mad." - Lazarus Lake (aka Gary Cantrell), Founder of the Barkley Marathons
Run Lab Rat Run's core message is about what it means to be genetically engineered. What does "human" mean, and how will we share the planet with bioengineering humans who are, possibly, far superior physically and mentally to our "natural" selves? Will we have a caste system, a hierarchy analogous to white supremacy, with the most modified on top?
Those questions and many more occurred to me when CRISPR was introduced to the world. CRISPR offered new way of genetically modifying pretty much anything, cheaply and easily. It's obvious that within a few years, and far less than a generation, human beings will be editing themselves-first for disease resistance, then for genetic anomalies, and then for, well, whatever we want. If that doesn't scare you, you're not paying attention.
Run Lab Rat Run is about one very possible world where value is determined by degrees of modification; a world I sincerely hope we do not choose.