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If humanity could be freed from all it's health problems, including fatal and chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, obesity, etc. along with prevention of ageing, would any sane personality be able to refuse such an elixir? Should or not, proper research be carried out to understand its long term-side effects if any, so that it would not lead to some other existential crisis? Should such an innovation be under complete control of a private organization, so that they can market it to become the wealthiest in the society? In a summation, what should be the response of the citizens of a country, if their government tries to first thoroughly clear such an elixir of possibly adverse side effects before releasing it to the public? Jon Pulli has done a wonderful task of coming up with such a hypothetical situation and explained the consequences that a divine elixir named Lifio, can have on the society, in his book Growth.
The entire story revolves around the magical drink, Lifio, which is able to cure diseases, regenerate body parts, and what's more, it can prevent ageing! However, the drink contains a bacterium, that uses CRISPR technology to edit the DNA of its users, and causes some irreversible changes. The plot consists of multiple characters, most notable being the President Elizabeth Williamson, and the research team at the FDA, who pit themselves in the research to understand possible side effects of Lifio, despite of many odds being against them. The research team and the President are perhaps the only people who seriously try to understand the trade-offs that could come with Lifio.
Also there are many other characters, whose presence at first, seems unnecessary, but it is here that Jon surprises you by portraying the condition of the entire world through these seemingly 'no relation to the plot characters at first glance'. In fact, the entire story hinges forward in an interplay of these characters while the research on Lifio continues. The plot description though, really good in some places, is shabby in others.
The book has also been professionally edited, considering the very least number of typos and errors. The end could have been better but, considering the way the story was organized, the gravity of the situation in the world could not have been explained better. I would rate this book a solid 4 out of 4 stars. Apart from these quibbles mentioned above, the book is definitely an eye-opening and interesting read.
I would recommend this book to everybody, except children, considering the minor amount of erotic content that gets portrayed here and there. It would certainly appeal to fans of science and speculative fiction.
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