Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Identity X by Michelle Muckley

Identity XBen Stone has one aim; discover the cure for genetic disease. He watched his father die and promised himself that it would never happen again, especially to his own son. After his appointment as lead researcher in Bionics Laboratories he begins his desperate research. It takes four years, but he succeeds. He discovers NEMREC, a serum able to reconstruct DNA and cure the diseases that have driven him. It should be the beginning of a new future, but by changing the face of the world, he has unwittingly destroyed his own.

After arriving at his laboratory to find that it has disappeared, he is sucked into a world of conspiracy and betrayal. The Agency wants NEMREC and will do anything to get it, believing it to be the most powerful scientific discovery in decades. But it wasn't just NEMREC that they wanted. The Agency wanted Ben dead, but somehow he survived. His best friend, his wife, and Ami, the beautiful scientist who he has fallen for at work all offer to help him, but each has a different version of the truth. They all have their own agenda, only one of them wants what he wants, and in a world where you are already dead, how is it that you are supposed to survive?

This book is special to me. Let me tell you why. This is the first book I was asked to review. Not just me randomly clicking on netgalley and see who approves me the privilege. So, upon being asked I immediately said yes. I mean, how could I not? And I AM SO GLAD!! This book was fantastic.

I'm not sure what to say that would not contain a spoiler, so bare with me. Ben hit the money. He finally completed his life long career goal and discovers the serum, NEMREC. This serum can reconstruct DNA and potentially is the cure for all genetic diseases.  Obviously after years and years of research, his team goes out to celebrate. Upon waking up from a hangover Ben continues on with his morning, only to discover that his identity card is inactive (which the government uses to track your day to day movements), his laboratory is missing and people are trying to kill him. 

Ben realizes through a series of events that everything his life had been for almost a decade is fake. I mean, could you imagine? Your job, your best friends, your significant others were all part of the government plan to use your brain to create this super serum.  So much that his entire life has been a facade. 

And do you trust the person who tells you not to trust anybody?

The book had a great build-up, filled with lots of twists and turns, making you want to keep reading until you finished! The character development was done exceptionally well too!

I recommend that everyone should go add this book to your collection! Also, the whole time I was reading it I kept thinking that it would make a great movie!! Or at least have a sequel!

4.5 stars!

(book received in exchange for an honest review)


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