Genre: Young Adult, Adult Science Fiction, Thriller
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
What would you do to help your child? In Sapient we find Jane Dixon, a scientist working hard to find a cure for autism. This is something her own son has. While experimenting on rats and other animals she has a breakthrough. Einstein a rat can suddenly read and write. We see Einstein and Bear a dog interact in ways that animals don’t usually interact. Some of these interactions are funny. She thinks there is something in the serum that will also help her son. She makes a connection between her test subjects and when the serum begins to work on them. She realizes her own son is approaching that time period and her window is limited. Now the CDC and the army are both interested in her results. She injects her son Robbie to try to cure him. This causes a problem of epidemic proportions. When she is held, her son and the animals go on the run. The entire time I was reading about her animal testing I kept thinking, if I taught older students and used this book the first thing I would do is get their perspective on whether it is right to use animals as test subjects. I love reading books that have a controversial theme running through them.
As parents we often react without fully thinking of any possible consequences. The author has shown a mother who does just that, under the false assumption that she is doing it for her son’s best interest. The story flowed smoothly and quickly. There were enough twists and turns to keep the reader involved with this story. Highly recommend this to people who like that science fiction thriller quality in a book.
Jerry Kaczmarowski lives in Seattle with his family. He writes techno-thrillers that explore the benefits and dangers of mankind's scientific advancement. His first book, Moon Rising, was released in June 2014. His second book, Sapient, was published in April 2015.