Review: GeNeRATION by William Knight (Blog Tour)

March 30, 2012 Blog Tour, Review 11 ★★★★

Review: GeNeRATION by William Knight (Blog Tour)Release Date: February 21, 2012
Title: Generation
Author: William Knight
Pages: 294
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Novel Publicity Blog Tour
From the Publisher: A crime-thriller with an injection of horror.

The facts behind the fiction.

In 2001 scientists isolated the gene for regenerating damaged organs from the DNA of a South American flatworm. Within five years it had been spliced into the chromosomes of a rhesus monkey, transported through the cell walls by a retro-virus denuded of its own genetic material.

Attempting to regrow impaired or elderly tissues, a scientist will one day modify the DNA of human beings by injecting the gene-carrying virus. It is just a matter of time.

Before consenting to treatment, you may want to ask a simple question: could there be a situation in which you would want to die but were unable to do so?

Journalist Hendrix 'Aitch' Harrison links bodies stolen from a renowned forensic-research lab to an influential drug company.

Aided by Sarah Wallace, a determined and beguiling entomologist, he delves into a grisly world of clinical trials and a viral treatment beyond imagining.

But Aitch must battle more than his fear of technology to expose the macabre fate of the drugged victims donated to scientific research.
4 Stars

Once again, I’ve managed to read a zombie book. Except this is a zombie book unlike any other.

In 2001 scientists isolated a gene in the South American flatworm that regenerates damaged organs. Within 5 years, it had been spliced into the chromosomes of animals using a live retro-virus. If successful, aging could be stopped – even reversed, diseased or damaged organs could be regrown, and life could be extended indefinitely. Scientists are now working to modify the DNA of humans by injecting the virus.

But there’s just one question left to ask… could there be a situation in which you would want to die but were unable to do so?

After reading this book, the answer is emphatically yes.

Interspersed throughout the story were chapters from the perspective of living corpses – those who had been infected by the virus and could not die, though their bodies were decomposing.

It was quite horrifying.

The book revolves around Aitch – Hendrix Harrison – an off-beat journalist who stumbles onto the story while investigating tales of ghost sightings. He is led to Dr. Sarah Wallace, a forensic entomologist, whose entire life’s research has just been destroyed by the pharmaceutical company developing the virus. Together they work to find out what the company is hiding while dodging murder attempts and accusations.

It really is quite thrilling. Crime dramas aren’t usually my forte, but this one is definitely worth reading. My only negative comment is that there was a very predictable sex scene that added nothing to the story, and actually detracted from it from my perspective.

Novel Publicity Blog Tour Notes:

  • Get Generation on Amazon or Barnes & Noble – you know you want to!
  • And please vote for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins a $50 Amazon gift card. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting the official Generation blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.
  • Be sure to enter for your chance to win an autographed copy of Generation ENTER HERE.

About William Knight

William Knight

William Knight is a British born journalist and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. He's chased a varying career starting in acting, progressing to music, enjoyed a brief flirtation with handbag manufacturing and was eventually wired into technology where he's been since 1989. In 2003 he published his first feature in Computing magazine and has since written about the many successes and failings of high-tech for the Guardian, Financial Times and the BBC among many others publications. He continues to maintain a lively IT consultancy.

11 Responses to “Review: GeNeRATION by William Knight (Blog Tour)”

  1. Smash Attack

    Ewwww. Just, ew. Living corpses, decomposing, unable to die? Not how I want to spend my life, thank you very much. Sounds like an interesting plot! 🙂

    • Mandi Kaye

      I *told* you that you wouldn’t love these guys. 🙂 It was definitely interesting, and I do recommend it.

    • Mandi Kaye

      Thanks for stopping by! It was definitely a good book. Let me know if you do review it. 🙂

  2. Emlyn Chand

    Great review, Mandi, and I must say, your blog is basically the prettiest one on the internet. I love the design and colors and fonts… and everything! I’m also a huge fan of the fact that you used the word “emphatically” in your review 😀

    When you have a moment could you also cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads to up exposure for this well-deserving author. Please and thank you and I’m off to tweet your review now!


  3. Vidya

    Great review, Mandi! Enjoyed it myself this book..gave it 5 stars. Yeah, that line bugged me too.. – could there be a situation in which you would want to die but were unable to do so? So true..people should think of them before doing these researches.

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