July 2014 Book Reviews

Book Review: The Curiosity

Author: Stephen P. Kiernan
Pages: 464
Published: July 1, 2014 (First Published June 18, 2013)
Genre: Adult, Sci Fi (Time Travel), Mystery
Rating: 5/5

Absolutely brilliant.

The Curiosity tells the story of Dr. Kate Philo. While on an expedition to obtain samples of organisms frozen in hard ice in the Arctic, Dr. Philo’s team discovers a large object has been frozen inside the biggest iceburg they’ve encountered thus far. After digging through the ice, the team believes it to be a seal. However, further digging reveals that what they believed to be a flipper was actually a human hand. Dr. Philo and the rest of her team are able to free the frozen man’s body and take him to their lab.

Dr. Philo is part of the Lazarus project which has set out to re-animate organisms that had previously been frozen in hard ice. Thus far, they had focused on krill, shrimp, and other small creatures. However, now that they have a full human body her team makes the choice to attempt to bring the man back to life! And it works! 

Somehow, Dr. Philo’s team is able to bring this man back to life and now must work to discover the secrets of his past and adapt him to the modern world. After being frozen for 100 years, Judge Jeremiah Rice is brought into modern day Boston. 

This book was amazing! I loved every second of it. The ability of her team to re-animate a human being brought many discussions of ethics and mortality to the story without being overbearing. A great thriller novel and an excellent debut fiction novel from this author.


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