Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

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      * Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. By Arwen Elys Dayton. Dec. 2018.384p. Delacorte, $18.99 (9780525580959). Gr. 9-12. Six stories meld perfectly together into one [...]
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      Copyright 2018 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
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      DAVENPORT, E. Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. Booklist, [s. l.], v. 115, n. 4, p. 52, 2018. Disponível em:,sso&custid=swtexas. Acesso em: 7 ago. 2020.
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      Davenport E. Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. Booklist. 2018;115(4):52. Accessed August 7, 2020.,sso&custid=swtexas
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      Davenport, E. (2018, October 15). Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. Booklist, 115(4), 52.
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      Davenport, Enishia. 2018. “Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.” Booklist, October 15.,sso&custid=swtexas.
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      Davenport, E. (2018) ‘Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful’, Booklist, 15 October, p. 52. Available at:,sso&custid=swtexas (Accessed: 7 August 2020).
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      Davenport, E 2018, ‘Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful’, Booklist, vol. 115, no. 4, p. 52, viewed 7 August 2020, .
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      Davenport, Enishia. “Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 4, Oct. 2018, p. 52. EBSCOhost,,sso&custid=swtexas.
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      Davenport, Enishia. “Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.” Booklist, October 15, 2018.,sso&custid=swtexas.
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      Davenport E. Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. Booklist [Internet]. 2018 Oct 15 [cited 2020 Aug 7];115(4):52. Available from:,sso&custid=swtexas


Booklist Reviews 2018 October #2

*Starred Review* Six stories meld perfectly together into one complex, eerily plausible narrative in Dayton's newest novel. The book thoroughly integrates scientific advancements of the present and explores the achievements—and horrors—possible in the future if these advancements are built upon. In this sf world, humans are obsessed with perfection and becoming more of everything: stronger, faster, more intelligent, longer-lived, more beautiful, more resilient. Dayton allows humanity to accomplish such feats in her collection of stories, but the results aren't the picture-perfect image most would imagine. Just as the pursuit of power can lead to malfeasance, the pursuit of perfection can foster corruption. Dhonielle Clayton explores similar themes in her fantasy novel The Belles (2018), looking at the importance of perfection through the lens of beauty in a world where people have unchecked means of remaking their physical selves. Dayton takes this a step further as she paints a gut-wrenching future where people use unlimited power to alter literally any and everything about themselves. This speculative, thought-provoking novel will take readers on a frightening, remarkable journey through humanity's past, present, and possible future. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring

How will genetic modification integrate itself into society going forward? This collection of six interconnected stories, each one set slightly further into the future than the last, imagines teenagers facing different stages of technological advancement and the subsequent questions it raises regarding what it means to love, fear, learn, and be human. The stories cohere into a thoughtful dystopian novel examining technology and the human experience. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 October #3

These six linked tales delve into the question of ethics in scientific and medical human modification. Along the way, they loosely follow the life, career, and afterlife of Tad Tadd, a reverend who popularizes a movement against changing corporeal forms and then, after a family tragedy, wholeheartedly embraces people's right to modify their bodies as they choose. The book begins with semi-identical twins Julia and Evan, whose organs are not growing fast enough to keep either alive; when Julia goes into a vegetative state, doctors advise the twins' parents to harvest Julia's organs for Evan, and Tadd pays a visit to the family in the hospital, calling the boy "a life-devouring creature." Another section follows a teen, significantly modified following a car accident, who hears Tadd's message on the radio. As the stories move further into the future, Dayton (Seeker) explores how each generation slowly blurs the lines between human, machine, and animal. Part cautionary tale and part ode to the inventive human spirit, Dayton's brilliant collection of stories is best described as a scientific Twilight Zone. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Dec.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.