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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Dominant Trait: A Story of Social and Genetic Inequality is a work of fiction that focuses on social issues, class, and culture, and it was penned by author Michael Lee Abramson. Set in a speculative world not unlike our own, but one in which success is measured by how much you achieve compared to your genetic potential for those achievements, we meet protagonist Walter when he is studying at school and trying to do well. Conflicts within himself and the nature of achievement itself arise as he compares himself to others, when in fact the race for success is really a comparison with himself. What follows is a thought-provoking and interesting drama.
Author Michael Lee Abramson gives much food for thought in this intriguing look at social issues, which shines a light on the nature of success from a unique and speculative angle. There’s something very Aldous Huxley about the vision of the piece, bringing genetics into play as a major component to personality, and the narrative succeeds in feeling both familiar yet strange and alien throughout. Walter is an ideal protagonist, an everyman type from a good situation who questions everything about ‘fair opportunity’, and the close narration from the author gives us access to his attitudes and reactions with a very emotive impact. What results is a powerful and thought-provoking read, and overall I would highly recommend Dominant Trait: A Story of Social and Genetic Inequality to readers who enjoy complex human drama set in a realistic but slightly off-kilter world.