Perfect People by Peter James is the second book from February’s reading list. I’m quite surprised to report I’m not behind yet this month. I know there’s time yet, but it’s promising.
Perfect People by Peter James: Book Review
Blurb from The Back Cover
John and Naomi Klaesson are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but when they find out they are both carriers of a rogue gene, they realise the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high.
Then they hear about geneticist Doctor Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease – even if his methods are more than they can afford.
At his clinic is where the nightmare begins.
They should have realised something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye colour, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child. Now it’s too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant, and already something is badly wrong…
My Thoughts on The Book
I loved this book so much I don’t even know where to begin. Perfect People may just be my perfect book.
It’s going to be quite a difficult one to review without giving anything important away, but here goes.
John and Naomi find an advert for a doctor, Dr. Dettore who is making “designer babies” possible. After loosing their son to a rare genetic condition, they want to have a daughter, so they go to visit Dr Dettore.
Along with gender, they are presented with a huge list of capabilities the doctor claims he can make their child have. They literally have a chance to make “perfect people”.
After a bit of soul searching, they make their choices and the embryo is planted in Naomi’s womb. From there, pretty much everything that can go wrong does. I realise this is a bit vague, but anything I can say about this part will spoil some of the surprises along the way.
There are so many twists and turns that you don’t see coming.
John and Naomi are both very relatable. They are just normal people trying to come to terms with the death of a child and trying desperately to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to their next baby.
I like the format of the book – it switches between 3rd person so we get a full overview of everything that is going on and extracts from Naomi’s diary, so we really get to know her as a character.
Perfect People touches on the morality of designer babies, and it is truly horrifying that this is probably going to be a possibility in the not too distant future.
Conclusion and Rating
If you only read one book this year, make it this one. 5/5
Have you read Perfect People? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments 🙂