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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Doomed: Volume 1 by Konstantin Devereaux is a sci-fi novel that explores the different facets of human behavior through its characters. After losing his parents to the Soviet regime at a tender age, child prodigy Alexander Sokolov grows up to become an accomplished scientist who dreams of radically altering humanity's future. In his belief that the human condition could only be cured of its imperfections through genetic modifications, Alexander starts experimenting on human subjects to create enhanced artificial humanoids or artifinoids with his loyal head researcher, Dr. Marcus. Years of work finally yield results when they successfully make four artifinoids named XXV, XVII, IX, and VI. Each of them excels to varying degrees in intelligence, endurance, speed, and strength. But when circumstances bring them to America, the siblings must unite to lay claim to the future.
Fast-paced and complemented by a uniquely unconventional plot, The Doomed: Volume 1 is a rollercoaster of a novel that seamlessly blends sci-fi elements with the darker aspects of human nature. Author Konstantin Devereaux provides a bird's-eye view of the narrative that assimilates the characters one at a time into the story. The plot moves at a blistering pace through unexpected paths that keep you absorbed throughout the pages. I found the artifinoid kids thoroughly compelling. Each of the characters seemed overwhelmed by their respective dominating personality traits, and it generates friction between them that felt fascinating to read. There's a lot of meta-commentary that Konstantin Devereaux infuses into the narrative. If anyone is itching for a well-written sci-fi novel that explores human behavior, The Doomed: Volume 1 is the book for you.