Thursday, November 16, 2017

[Book Review] Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

Book Review of Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

I won a copy of Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski from Monica at Newbery and Beyond during Armchair Book Expo this year. It took me a while, but I am so happy that I finally got around to reading this! I absolutely loved this book!

Sapient is an action-packed medical thriller about a mother who takes a major risk, her son, and two lab animals.

Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski 

Abandoned by her husband after the birth of their child, Jane Dixon’s world is defined by her autistic son and the research she does to find a cure for his condition. She knows her work on animal intelligence may hold the key. She also knows that the research will take decades to complete. None of it will ultimately benefit her son.

All that changes when a lab rat named Einstein demonstrates that he can read and write. Just as her research yields results, the U.S. government discovers her program. The army wants to harness her research for its military potential. The CDC wants to shut her down completely. The implications of animal intelligence are too dangerous, particularly when the previously inert virus proves to be highly contagious.

She steals the virus to cure her son, but the government discovers the theft. She must now escape to Canada before the authorities can replace her son’s mental prison with a physical one.

My thoughts:
There is just something so intriguing to me about medical thrillers! I had so much fun reading this book! Right from page one I was drawn in and couldn't wait to see what happened next. Of course, with this genre, it's very easy to give too much away, so I will keep this brief.

First of all, the writing was great! I thought that it was very well written, it flowed wonderfully, and the pacing was perfect. I loved that the chapters changed perspective as necessary in order to give the full story.

While the ethics here were a bit questionable, I found myself really pulling for things to work out. Of course it helped that I really loved each of the characters, even the rough ones! The characters will definitely stick in my mind for a long time.

I loved how the book ended. But I have to say, while perfect, it also makes me want a second book!

My favorite passages:
In this book, there were MANY passages that I wrote down, but they were filled with spoilers! So to avoid that, I will just leave this one:

     The rat tapped on the screen, and the mechanical voice said, "You have big teeth. Go get food. What good are you? SSIF."
     Robbie clarified for him. "So Stupid It's Funny. He was looking up text message abbreviations earlier." Bear whined, unclear as to what any of this meant.
     Einstein continued to tap. "I meant you, stupid FIF." He chattered to himself in what passed for rat laughter.
     Bear let out a low growl and waited for Robbie to translate. "'Freak I'm Funny'. At least I hope he meant freak."

My final thoughts:
I already cannot wait to read this book again! It is such a fun and action-packed story! This is another that would make an awesome movie.

I would highly recommend this to readers that enjoy light medical thrillers with a dose of realistic fantasy.

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite medical thriller?