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This novel really makes you think. I’d like to say that, if I discovered this virus, I’d use it on the world to help heal, but then at the same I’d be scared of the powers that be, potentially poking and prodding me, and likewise, Peters brings up some great points through his novel… if no one dies anymore, and everyone can be healed, what’s to stop the world from becoming a destructive force? If a knife to the back can’t hurt me, or a shot to the head, then why not begin a life of crime instead of working a 9-5 job? Then, who’s going to figure out how to stop the virus, and who will the test subjects be to see just how extensive the healing power of the virus really is? Now we have all sorts of problems that my naive self didn’t even think about, and here I was spreading the virus as a do-gooder… These are all aspects that Peter’s discusses throughout his novel as the plot unfolds, and let me tell you, while I originally was like, “that virus is so cool! I wish we could heal everyone,” I quickly changed my mind. So much good can only bring about so much bad. Josh and Belinda really try to do what’s right, and I think they’re much less greedy, and certainly less sinister, than Adam when it comes to this virus, but in the end, it’s just not something the world is ready for, and both groups are at fault, in my opinion.” Shana at A Book Vacation http://bookvacations.wordpress.com/
“I've always been fascinated by viruses (the real medical kind, not the computer kind). I've read just about every fiction and non-fiction book I could find on the subject. From Black Death to Smallpox, I love them all. I wanted to be an epidemiologist at one point, but it just never happened. So I settle for reading about deadly outbreaks, either real or imagined. The Eden Factor is sort of about a viral outbreak, but rather than causing disease, the virus causes hosts to become invulnerable to injury or disease. It even causes limb regeneration. Josh McDonald and his nemesis/friend Adam (more of a fake friend, like that person you knew in high school who always thought they were better than you and only talked to you when they wanted something) discover the virus by accident. Adam, a Homeland Security guy, of course wants to use the virus' powers for evil. Josh wants to use them to win back a girl. Neither character has noble intentions in the beginning and I found myself disliking both of them immensely. Josh teams up with his ex-girlfriend to spread the gift while Adam heads back to Washington to plot his evil plan. Adam becomes more despicable while Josh starts to grow as a human being and a character.
Part medical thriller, part science fiction and part conspiracy theory, The Eden Factor melds several genres into one, proposing a bleak vision of what would happen if we suddenly all developed the ability to live forever. While it may sound wonderful in theory- to be free of disease and injury, to grow back hair, teeth, even entire limbs, to basically be perfect specimens of the human species- Peters shows how quickly society can break down when offered such a "gift," especially when the government gets involved. The so-called gift quickly becomes more of a curse.” Nikki
I think this is a great philosophical novel that will get your mind flowing, questioning, and even bickering with itself, and I highly recommend it! Four stars!-
Shana @ A Book Vacation