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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Phoenix Experiment by Mark Egbers follows Joe and Lisa as they seek out a start-up company for help in saving her brother, who needs new kidneys. The company's claim to achieve immortality should be impossible, but as the two become further involved, they find success beyond their wildest dreams. Joe has plans to do more than simply save Lisa's brother; he plans to use the research for his own personal gain.
The Phoenix Experiment is well-researched, with a captivating plot, compelling characters, and shows the gray area of good intentions and how caught up in advancements people can become. Every character has a greater purpose for what they're seeking; they want to prolong human life. Their actions show how easy it is to warp good intentions, but never make science the 'villain' of the story. It's nice to see science as the focal point, as a good thing that can be used for good and bad reasons.
Mark Egbers provides fine details with intelligent writing, dissecting human achievement and choices. The quest for immortality is taken on from a purely scientific standpoint, never branching off the wall. Egbers has a grounded style, taking topics of immortality, robots, and science, and pairing these with normal people trying to make a difference as they live their daily mundane lives. Joe and Lisa are two ordinary and intelligent people, who happen to get caught up in this start-up company that dreams big. The Phoenix Experiment is a must-read for all science lovers!