It’s a question microbiologist Richard Draman thought he’d answered when he walked away from his career to focus on curing a genetic defect that is causing his daughter to age at a wildly accelerated rate. But now he and his wife Carly are being forced to come to terms with the fact that eight-year-old Susie’s time is running out. Then they receive an unexpected gift: startling new research into the fundamental secrets of life that could be the miracle they’ve been looking for.
When Richard is arrested on a trumped-up charge of having stolen the data, he takes his family and runs, seeking out a retired special-forces operative and old friend to help dig up the truth behind the controversial experiments. Determined to either save Susie’s life or die trying, the Dramans plunge into a bloody conflict between two powerful factions vying for control of a discovery that could change the face of humanity.
This was a highly entertaining read, especially as it deals with the idea of immortality. Who wouldn’t want to live forever? To slow down and reverse ageing, and to have infinite time with loved ones? It’s a really intriguing concept, and while many might say they’d rather not live forever, I think that, if the fountain of youth were unveiled and people had the option, many would probably change their tune. Of course, then we’d get into issues of who controlled the fountain, who could drink from it, how to deal with population abundance, and so on and so forth, which is food for thought and a topic that Mills’ novel takes on. I have thought about what it would be like to live forever, but never taken into consideration all the rules and regulations that would have to go into place if it were really an option, but after having read The Immoralists and Mills’ perceptions of what could happen, I do know that it’s a pretty scary idea.
I really liked how Mills developed his characters, Richard, Carly, and even Susie, making the reader really fall in love with them and root for their plight from the very beginning. Susie is such a cute little girl, and yet she’s dying from Progeria, a disease that causes her to rapidly age. Of course, her parents aren’t ready to come to terms with this disease, no parent ever would, and it’s a rollercoaster of a ride following Richard and Carly as they attempt to do everything in their power to find the cure and protect Susie at the same time.
While I found that I sometimes could foresee the future of the plot, and was annoyed on occasion that the main characters couldn’t figure something out that I thought was blatantly obvious, I was still rapidly engaged in this story. All the pieces fit together nicely, and I really enjoyed the fast pace and interesting situations the Dramans find themselves in as they race against time to save their daughter. Four stars.
I purchased this novel from Amazon Kindle.