Maladapted by Richard Kurti

51mRPf2H80L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_“From BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Richard Kurti comes an exciting, fast-paced thriller that shows the power science has to change not just our lives, but our very selves. Cillian is the sole survivor of a devastating terrorist attack on a packed Metro train. How did he survive when everyone else was killed? Searching for answers with the mysterious Tess, Cillian discovers that his father has links to P8, a group of genetic scientists operating outside the laws of Foundation City. The shocking discoveries he and Tess make at P8’s secret hospital start to make Cillian ask not who he is, but what he is…”

I was drawn to the plot of this book.  It’s a bit different to my usual book choices but everyone likes a break from the norm now and then, right?  I’m glad I decided to read it because it’s a great story which is written in a wonderfully visual style (thanks to Richard Kurti’s work as a screenwriter).  I can see this being turned into a movie in the future.

Cillian is involved in a catastrophic terrorist attack.  Everyone else dies so how does Cillian survive?  As his father lays dying on a gurney he utters the word ‘Gilgamesh’ to Cillian; a word Cillian has never heard before, nor does he understand it’s meaning.  In his quest to discover what his father was trying to tell him he unearths P8 and comes up against Tess and the formidable Revelation.  Who is Tess?  Friend or foe?  And who or what is Cillian…?

A tight story about a futuristic world and one organisations need for perfection in human form.  Parts of the book had me totally gripped.  It’s full of action, adventure and lots of chase scenes.

I found Richard Kurti’s futuristic world fascinating; information screens which scan your retina, bots to do all the tedious work, SmartCells to keep you in touch with social networks and the ability to transfer large amounts of data with only a DigiKiss.  It all sounds so achievable, maybe not so futuristic after all…

Four out of five stars.

Many thanks to the Richard Kurti, Walker Books and THE Book Club on Facebook for providing me with a copy of Maladapted in exchange for an honest review.

Maladapted by Richard Kurti was published in the UK by Walker Books on 17th March 2016 and is available in paperback and eBook formats | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones

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