I’ve been reading mostly children’s books lately (visiting the grandkids) so this was quite a shocker! The premise for this book is fascinating – “body” transplants, moving a patient’s head to a new, healthy body. The ethical considerations are fascinating. You have to wonder whether vain and shallow people would pursue such extreme measures to remedy non-medical issues like obesity and aging? And where WOULD all those bodies come from?
I think the author really pegged the likely public reactions as well, speaking through the main character of Dr. Farkis: “Every organization with an acronym, an abbreviation, or an initialism will be after us in mobs. Think witch trials.” She also did a wonderful job of portraying the father of the Japanese family featured throughout the book: “It wasn’t a secret that in Japan women ruled the households. Aiko was a company man and had been all his life. He’d always handed over his paychecks to his wife. He was a pussycat at home, but a lion at work…” If was this attention to detail on the surroundings, not just the plot, that really held my attention throughout.