Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful (Paperback)
This set of interconnected short stories ask the question "What makes us human?" and explores how far we can push our boundaries before we become something else entirely. Recommended by Molly— From Staff Picks for Kids and Teens
"Appealing to fans of Black Mirror and Westworld, it’s a thrilling read that explores an exciting and terrifying near-future." —Paste
"[An] extraordinary work. . . . Groundbreaking in both form and substance." —Hypable
This "powerful, poignant, and action-packed" (Bustle) novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring the lengths to which we'll go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens and what it means to be human at all.
The future is curious.
Today our bodies define us. We color our hair; tattoo our skin; pierce our ears, brows, noses. We lift weights, run miles, break records. We are flesh and blood and bone.
Tomorrow has different rules. The future is no longer about who we are—it's about who we want to be. If you can dream it, you can be it. Science will make us smarter, healthier, flawless in every way. Our future is boundless.
This is a story that begins tomorrow. It's a story about us. It's a story about who comes after us. And it's a story about perfection. Because perfection has a way of getting ugly.
A WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST SCIENCE FICTION BOOK OF 2018
A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF 2018
4 STARRED REVIEWS!
"A deep and suddenly necessary exploration of the beautiful and terrible futures we face. Every story leaves you desperate for more. Somehow, the further from today Dayton travels, the more real it becomes." —Hank Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
"An alternately charming and horrifying exploration of what it means to be human and how far we'll go in pursuit of personal and societal 'perfection.' I devoured this book." —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken and The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018
“Powerful, poignant, and action-packed, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is an exciting sci-fi adventure.”—Bustle
"Appealing to fans of Black Mirror and Westworld, it’s a thrilling read that explores an exciting and terrifying near-future."—Paste
"This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances.... Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed."—Hypable
"An exhilarating new sci-fi anthology... Crafted with a dash of Black Mirror and a wild rush of Westworld-like imagination, Dayton's visionary work of speculative fiction explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation, intelligence augmentation, and life extension in all their glorious and monstrous forms, and examines the inevitable ethical paradoxes that might arise.”—SYFY Wire
★ "Imaginative and incisive, this asks readers to ponder what makes us human and if we'll know when we've crossed the line, becoming something else."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred review
★ "Six stories meld perfectly together into…this speculative, thought provoking novel [that] will take readers on a frightening, remarkable journey through humanity’s past, present, and possible future."—Booklist, Starred review
★ "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."—Publishers Weekly, Starred review
★ "Compelling and terrifying, this volume is science fiction at its finest."—SLJ, Starred review
★ "Dayton’s upsettingly brilliant sci-fi what-ifs...take the human body uncomfortably into the future. From Southern California to Colorado reservations to Estonia to space platinum mines and back again, the thread of adolescent anxieties, rebellions, and meet-cutes holds things together exceptionally well even as bodies start to fall apart."—Bulletin, Starred review
“A work of unforgettable vision and imagination. This book is everything I love about science fiction.” —Jay Kristoff, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Illuminae Files
“Haunting, challenging and provocative—this is an extraordinary book. I can’t stop thinking about it.” —Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Illuminae Files
“Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a remarkable book, visionary and very hard to put down. The characters live in compelling, personal stories that have relevance to the future of the human race itself.” — Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Between the Stars
“An alternately charming and horrifying exploration of what it means to be human and how far we’ll go in pursuit of personal and societal ‘perfection.’ Dayton’s newest is imagination at its best and most terrifying. I devoured this book.” —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
“A deep and suddenly necessary exploration of the beautiful and terrible futures we face. Every story leaves you desperate for more. Somehow, the further from today Dayton travels, the more real it becomes.” —Hank Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
“Great science fiction inspires humanity and paints our future possibilities. In Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful, Arwen Elys Dayton explores the next era of humanity with astonishing heart, a future filled with longer lifetimes, the human-technology interface, a life free from our current physical constraints.” —Peter H. Diamandis, MD, founder of XPRIZE and Singularity University and author of the New York Times bestsellers Abundance and Bold
“Bioengineering has dramatically improved the productivity and efficiency of global agriculture, while giving rise to extraordinary debate about its consequence. We are now entering a new age, where technologies allow us to bioengineer ourselves. Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful—fast-paced, tightly plotted, and engaging from the first page—puts a human face on the prosperity or catastrophe that is waiting just around the corner.” —David Friedberg, founder of Climate Corporation