This was a book which was assigned by a school book club… and I put it off for a long time (I don’t know why). My friend knew though, and after reading it, she lent it to me for one of our book swaps. I was hesitant, but trusted her judgement! And so I got set in. And I really enjoyed it.
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 realize the odds of their next child contracting the 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 cost more than they can afford.
His clinic is where their nightmare begins.
They should have realized that 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 . . .
To be honest, for a lot of the book not a whole lot happens. I thought it was going to be quite action-packed, but it mainly focused on the ethics of the situation, and the feelings of the parents.
However, even though I thought it was quite slow, I liked the conflicts that the book created – very real conflicts, in which both the religious and scientific sides were given.
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