Author: Dan Wells.
Lyle Fontanelle is the chief scientist for NewYew, a health and beauty company experimenting with a new, anti-aging hand lotion. As more and more anomalies crop up in testing, Lyle realizes that the lotion’s formula has somehow gone horribly wrong. It is actively overwriting the DNA of anyone who uses it, turning them into physical clones of someone else. Lyle wants to destroy the formula, but NewYew thinks it might be the greatest beauty product ever designed–and the world’s governments think it’s the greatest weapon.
Not the type of story I ‘enjoy’, with characters I disliked and ethics I could not agree with, (as you might imagine the situation brought the worst out in people) but the apocalyptic concept was clever. Dan Wells took an odd scenario (DNA-rewriting lotion) and took it through all the logical, and perhaps less-than-logical, permutations the greed of man would convert it to.
Sexual Content: “This is a very tight industry,” said Sumy. “Everyone in health and beauty is in bed with everyone else,” (this is presumably metaphorical). Man approached by hookers on the street. Some fairly intense kissing, man thinks of/wishes for sex. World-leaders trying to stop the impending apocalypse suggest turning the entire world one gender, to which one of the protests made is that would eliminate all but gay or lesbian sex.
Language: 9 d***, 7 scatological, 5 derogatory terms, 5 hell
Violence: Character starts a fire which burns multiple people. Several men are tricked into a car that explodes. Some gunfighting between soldiers. Man jumps of a building, committing suicide. Characters are turned into animals (literally) by genetic warfare. Hundreds of people are mass-killed by genetic warfare (turned into sickly children). There are multiple other instances of genetic warfare; people tricked or forced into using a lotion that rewrites DNA and changes their body to copy someone else’s.