Killer T by Robert Muchamore
Harry and Charlie are two teens growing up in a world where cancer can now be cured on a whim and muscle mass bought by those with enough cash and the right connections at hand. Gene editing is no longer a fanciful theory or even still meaningfully disputed over, in regards to it’s ethics. It’s here, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. It’s literally everywhere, available for everyone, to become anyone they could possibly want. Harry could finally bulk out and Charlie could lose the shackles of poverty that restrain her. Gene editing is literally the best thing to ever happen to humanity…or is it?
Gene editing in the wrong hands, can also become as much a force of destruction, as it is one of creation. With the right equipment, any idiot in his basement now has the power to wipe out the whole human race, simply with the right gene combination, forming their own super-virus. Tailored with the very intent of such a massacre, and edited perfectly to fulfil such a preposterous action.
Killer-T being the first example of such a combination. Without prior medical research and Intel about it, these viruses run rampant until such a point that the necessary genes are found to avoid the catastrophe and distributed among the remaining few survivors. If the gene even exist or are found at all.
Growing up in such a world could be Heaven for those rich enough to afford it, or Hell for those unable to avail of the ability to alternate their very being. Or pay for very technology to save them, from the very thing they’re threatened by.
AGE RATING: 15+
TEEN RATING: 3.8/5
TEEN OVERVIEW: Killer T starts off brilliantly, with a stunning story, perfectly set up to escalate into an insane plot. However, for whatever reason, Muchamore decided to write Killer T in a slightly ‘disjointed’ manner. Bounding forward in time, on occasion, meaning we lose track of what’s going on in the book and the book’s flow. Rather than being about it’s characters’ journey, Killer T is more about the concept of Gene editing. Great idea, however in my opinion, lacking slightly in it’s implementation.