Viral War: A Fairytale of Perfect Women
by Josephine deBois

"Samuel tidies his desk, checks the time, and with only an hour to go before meeting Sine, swiftly walks out of the office..."

Spanning Korea, Italy, London, and New York, this book takes readers on a Gattica-like adventure. Samuel is a New York traffic cop assigned to what should have been an easy case. However, after the brutally violent death of Sine, a woman in Samuel’s custody, Samuel’s law enforcement career takes a sharp and drastic turn. Samuel finds himself in a world of murder plus biological and scientific manipulations leading to mass extinction, with only those of a certain kind protected from the impending doom and disaster. Meanwhile, Samuel is tested personally and professionally, and along his journey, readers meet an alluring cast of characters that will forever reshape the remaining days of the protagonist’s life.

This book draws on a number of relevant subjects to form its plotlines. First and foremost, it addresses human trafficking, which currently forces approximately 24.9 million people globally into unwilling work in the private sector, sexual labor, and state-imposed forced labor. Specifically, the book addresses the human trafficking of women and children by depicting dystopian scenarios in which soldiers round up women and children from their homes: “Soldiers swiftly force the children and the women desperately looking for their children, onto the truck, which immediately drives away.” At the same time it addresses this subject, the text also reminds readers that individuals are key agents for change once they find the courage to step forward.

The author's book also addresses the issue of a society in which genetic manipulation and genetic selection, even in experimental forms, have a disruptive, evil power. While modern-day science is a blessing on innumerable fronts, the book carefully reminds readers about what happens when that power and those processes fall into the wrong hands. It highlights the ethical issues genetic engineering raises. The novel focuses on science’s attempts to create the perfect female, and it asks readers to think about the societal threats posed by such practices. The book’s presentation of ethics surrounding genetic engineering reminds readers that as genetic engineering becomes more and more a common practice, not only individuals but also society must consider the consequences associated with the progress made in this field. However, the novel also portrays what happens when those in power who set out to do evil with their creations fail. Philosophically, it subtly acknowledges that what makes humanity so beautiful are the imperfections each and every individual carries.

The novel’s structural complexity matches and compliments the issues it addresses and the systems it proposes abolishing. However, readers should not let that intimidate them. Reading it is a worthwhile investment. Structured into ten episodes, the book reads like a dramatic TV show unfolding on the page. This book will immediately appeal to those who appreciate dystopian works. It will also resonate with readers interested specifically in works focusing on a future where humanity is divided, a time where those with certain qualities and assets are allowed to thrive while others must perish. Like films such as Elysium, this book also addresses other subjects such as equity and justice as well as objectification.

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