I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my review in any way.
Carlie, our heroine in this novel, is going through many changes in this first novel in the Longevity series. She finds herself torn with emotions, romantically, mentally and emotionally. She discovers things about her life that she never knew, things that have been preordained and things that have been genetically altered. She finds that her mother genius has made Carlie into a pawn in the President's game.
The majority of this book is spent on the romantic emotions Carlie has towards her Surrogate Soldier. Born and bread to be the ultimate soldier, Jayden has always been more to Carlie than just that. Raised like siblings, but with each knowing they weren't, fate took over and love blossomed where neither thought it ever would. So much of the story is a battle of their emotions towards each other. There are so many roadblocks for them to overcome and the President is always, in some way or another, breathing down Carlie's neck.
This review is a bit hard for me to write. I hesitate with the four stars because I feel the whole cat and mouse romantic chase was way too long drawn out, but on the same hand, I couldn't stop reading, which means I was enjoying it anyway. The science involved with MicroPharm is well explained and never feels over the head of the reader. This is quite refreshing because too many times the scientific aspect of a story is so over the top, under explained or just so wordy, that it becomes a deterrent for the reader. It was quite the opposite with this one. The science involved actually piqued my interest and I with the advancements we hear about and read about, MicroPham is actually quite believable along with the breading of the Surrogate Soldiers. Genetics is something that is constantly breaking through barriers.
There is so much going on in this novel and at times story lines are intersecting one another, expanding and complimenting each other that it is quite an amazing feat that the author is able to harness it all and provide it to the reader in a way that makes sense and doesn't send the reader into a incoherent coma. The traits of each character comes out as needed, with some really surprising the reader. The author brings the boom when needed and provides the yin and yang at just the right moments.
I recommend this to anyone who likes a good scientific suspenseful thriller with just as much romance mixed in. I found myself always wondering what was going to happen next and being thrown off, just like the characters were, but in a good way because that means I didn't see things coming. I look forward to reading the future books in this series.