Friday, October 25, 2013

Blog Tour: The Borealis Genome by Thomas P. Wise & Nancy Wise

YA Sci Fi
Date Published: 6/4/2013

New novel The Borealis Genome addresses the issue of increased moral ambiguity as scientific technology advances and removes our sense of individuality. The married authors throw engaged characters Tim and Nora into a scientific nightmare where mind-uploading and a weaponized virus allow the minds of the few to control those of the masses. As the population starts turning into mental zombies can Tim and Nora find the source of this mayhem? And can their love persevere through these harrowing times?

My Review:
This husband/wife writing duo has really managed to pen a novel that is witty, romantic, and unique. It made me think of  Warm Bodies, however it is quite different. Really only the premise is the same as far as the Zombie takeover. But this one is on a much smaller scale and the actual Zombie takeover happens a lot slower. Its almost more suspense/mystery like in the aspect that they are trying to find out what is causing the mutation. I think its a very imaginative novel and comes together nicely. There were a few slow parts, but the novel as a whole is a success. 


Thomas and Nancy come from very different backgrounds.  Thomas was raised in a military family and lived through the separations of war and the challenges that a family faces when coming back together. Challenges such as injuries and the frailty of the body and shifts in the personality that war bring to a family can force everyone to redefine how they see the themselves and the world around them. Nancy was raised in a family challenged by severe injuries.  Her father was paralyzed and could no longer work causing the family to reform around a new breadwinner when their mother had to take over. 
We chose to write a book shaped around these realities and the challenges that new technologies will force societies all over the world to deal with very soon. Mind uploading, neural networks, and human gene manipulation combined with new medical discoveries may become a new reality that we must all understand and learn what it means to our lives. These are realities today that were only science fiction just a few years ago that will soon have a real and direct affect on our lives.
Tom earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management in 2012 and has other books including “Trust in Virtual Teams,” and “Agile Readiness.”


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