The Scorpion Unit

Fiction - LGBTQ
340 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Scorpion Unit is penned by author Jacob Guy in the LGBTQ+, crime, and science fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. The narrative centers on Chester Aldair, a gay teenager who commits suicide, a severe criminal act in a society where technology has eliminated natural death. In Galena's ‘Age of Volition,’ where individuals live until seventy-five and then choose their lifespan, Chester's decision to end his life becomes a criminal offense. Despite his suicide, the government revives him, branding him a criminal for taking his life.

Author Jacob Guy has crafted a thought-provoking experience that delves into complex ethical dilemmas and societal constructs with a smooth sense of ease and accessibility that is suitably deep, yet never overwhelming. The author explores themes of life, death, and individual autonomy in a world where technology blurs the lines between morality and legality. The narrative tone keeps everything in balance so beautifully, as though the story is being explained to you by a wise friend. The premise of a society where death is obsolete raises intriguing questions about the value of life and the consequences of defying societal norms. Chester's plight as a revived criminal adds plenty of tension and intrigue to the narrative, prompting readers to reflect on the nature of existence and the limits of human control. Overall, The Scorpion Unit offers a compelling exploration of morality and identity in a futuristic world where life and death are no longer natural phenomena but regulated by law and technology. I would highly recommend it to fans of unique science fiction everywhere.

Jacob Guy

As the author, I feel obligated to give myself 5 stars

I'm biased, but hey---I think it's pretty good