Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

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Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwne Elys Dayton is the kind of book that is so realistic that it’s frightening. These six short stories discuss human modification, and they are each very believable. The last story is especially engaging. For those interested in the future of humanity, this is a great read.

Stronger, Faster, and More BeautifulTitle: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of "human."

This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton's Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance.

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Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful, Arwen Elys Dayton

❀ Six Short Stories

This book is made up of six short stories about human modification, with each one more futuristic than the last. While the technologies in the last few stories are pretty wild, the entire book is actually believable all the way through because it builds off of our capabilities today and keeps on growing. I am not usually a fan of short stories like this, but for me, the shortness in length was the perfect thing to capture my interest and prevent me from getting bored.

❀ Ethical Issues

My favourite of the stories had to be the final one. In this story, humans and inhumans are split up, and they are unable to interact. Since a lot of the book describes the pros of modification, I enjoyed how this one highlights the cons and brings up some ethical issues. For me, the story is a perfect conclusion, and it drives the message home and shows how scary the future for us may become.

❀ Shocking Anthology

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton is a shocking anthology about the benefits and consequences of human modification. I loved how realistic each story is, and the last one in particular does a good job wrapping everything up. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the sci-fi genre.

About Arwen Elys Dayton

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ARWEN ELYS DAYTON is the author of the Seeker series—Seeker, Traveler, and Disruptor and the e-novella The Young Dread—and the science-fiction thriller Resurrection. Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram.

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11 thoughts on “Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

  1. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books says:

    Lovely review! <3 I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much, I've been a little hesitant about reading it because I'm not reading too many short stories, but I'm so curious about the theme of the book… hmm, I'll have to think about it 🙂 thank you for sharing! 😀

  2. sebby holmes says:

    I’m so busy in the kitchen that my only chance of reading and finishing a story is by reading a short story. I fancy giving this one a try. Thank you for sharing.

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