Designer Babies

Volume One - The First Mothers

Fiction - Thriller - Medical
284 Pages
Reviewed on 02/27/2021
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

In an early 2019 interview/article that appeared in The Economist, the interviewee stated, “…if we thought the debates over abortion and genetically modified crops were contentious, wait until the coming debate over genetically modified people arrives.” David Witt makes this very debate, and several other associated issues surrounding genetic engineering, the basis of his plot in Designer Babies…one of the most enthralling and unique reads I’ve enjoyed in a while. The plot and the intriguing combination of characters Witt created to deliver its concepts and themes captivate readers from the word “go.”

You have Bree, a young woman desperate to survive cancer; Zadie, who’s tried every which way to conceive; and Gwen, a pop star with Huntington’s disease who fears she will pass on her illness to future children. The brilliant, but mysteriously unemotional Dr. Cielo Chavez can help each of them fulfill their needs but she demands a high price for her help. She does indeed deliver on her promises, but what all three women encounter along the way is frightening, bringing each to the brink of death, not at the hands of the doctor but from enemies they never knew they had.

While the plot and characters are thoroughly absorbing, it’s the thoughts and questions behind the ethics, morality, and implications of genetically engineering the unborn to make them healthier, more intelligent, more attractive, etc that readers will find themselves debating both during the reading and later. This is the kind of novel book club members would love to discuss…if such topics can be discussed rationally and without religious or inherent prejudices spoiling the conversation. Obviously, I was intrigued enough by what David Witt suggested in Designer Babies to research eugenics, both in history and in current medical developments and applications. This novel helps us see both sides of the arguments for tampering with human genetic codes. What do you think about this contentious subject? Read Designer Babies to help you decide…if a final decision is even possible.

Susan Sewell

Three women fight for their lives in order to bring their genetically enhanced babies into the world in the extraordinary suspense novel, Designer Babies (Volume 1 The First Mothers) by David Witt. Bree Battle has a fatal disease, and her doctor suggests she see Dr. Chavez, a specialist in South America. Although Dr. Chavez practices outside the United State's legal guidelines, she has the ability to save Bree's life. Feeling a little dubious, Bree travels to the remote medical facility in Peru. Dr. Chavez is willing to help her, but only if Bree agrees to bear and mother a genetically designed baby. As she wants to live and the medical procedures have rendered her barren, Bree reluctantly agrees. Disturbed by the heavily guarded facility's setting, once Bree fully recovers and the In Vitro Fertilization procedure is completed, Bree leaves in a hurry. Upon her return to the States, Bree's former doctor is the victim of an assassination, and she is now the killer's next objective. Bree quickly discovers she is not the only one targeted; two other women carrying designer babies and Dr. Chavez are under fire as well. Who wants them dead, and why?

Controversial advanced medical technology and the principles of an ancient secret society blend in the enthralling suspense novel, Designer Babies (Volume 1 The First Mothers) by David Witt. It is a sensational story with engaging characters and a thrilling and compelling storyline that is captivating from the first page until the last. The proximate future setting, technology, and situations are not implausible and quite realistically portrayed. Brilliantly written, the convoluted plot contains elements of action and suspense interlaced with biotechnology, creating a spellbinding and irresistible story. It is a breathtaking novel filled with conspiracies and excitement that will delight those who enjoy thrillers with a lot of action and a touch of romance.

Rabia Tanveer

Designer Babies: Volume One - The First Mothers by David Witt is the story of three women who bite off more than they can chew. Three women volunteer to have genetically engineered babies. Pop star Gwen Blaze and her husband have the Huntington’s Disease gene, but they are desperate for a baby. Attorney Bree Battle agrees to have a baby this way because her doctor will only treat her terminal brain cancer if she agrees. Zadie Springer is an advertising executive, and she needs to have a baby to make sure her bloodline continues. For these three women, genetically engineered babies are their last chance. However, they have no idea that by agreeing to this, they have made themselves vulnerable to chaos. Some people want them dead, and then some want to protect these three women with their lives. But there is a bigger picture hidden from them.

Designer Babies is such an eye-opening, fast-paced, and well-written novel. The author creates a reality that not many of us are ready to face. For some people, the topic is taboo and something that they don’t want to even imagine, but it is a reality and might even be a blessing for some people. David Witt talks about the topic with respect and builds a brilliant story around it. Bree, Zadie, and Gwen are just normal women who you can easily find in your life. Each of these women has a story to tell, and the author makes sure they get the chance to do so. You will form a personal connection with them and feel their pain. Emotions ran high, and I might even have gotten teary-eyed at one point. My favorite is Bree. Something comforting yet heartbreaking about her predicament grabbed my attention. This is one of the best novels I have read this year, and I highly recommend it!