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No entrants may possess human DNA. The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth. Growing swiftly, the mutant gladiator demonstrates preternatural strength, speed, and—most chillingly—intelligence.

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Silas Williams is the brilliant geneticist in charge of preparing the U. But when his creation demonstrates monstrous strength, speed, and most disquietingly intelligence, scientific curiosity gives way to sheer terror.

If you can imagine a future society ted kosmatka the games actually permits genetically modified creatures to do battle in an arena with no doping and no rules, then you have essentially the background and main thrust for this story.

This is an amoral near future, set mainly in the mid twenty first century. This is a decadent, bloodthirsty civilization, much like the last days of Rome. Kosmatka has some weird point-of-view work that I really didn't care for, characters popping up who may or may not have even been given ted kosmatka the games name and are never seen again.

Very often, it seemed like the alternate POVs only served to postpone the tension, instead of adding interesting side-plots or expanding upon what Silas ted kosmatka the games.

This big, bad, exciting thing is about to happen and then -- we're farting around with Evan or whoever else.

It annoyed me as a reader, and I started scanning through them. Beyond Silas who really treads Marty Stu territorythe rest are bland and ted kosmatka the games. I felt like the author went overboard trying to humanize Evan, and from a likability standpoint, I never empathized with him.

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An ted kosmatka the games supercomputer who thinks ted kosmatka the games God, nice to see the author beating that to death. The gladiator is overpowered on every level and broke my threshold of disbelief for what's presented as plausible future technology. It's a sloppy way to develop characters.

Vidonia's introduction is rife with it, way to feed the perception that women are always judged on their looks first, as opposed to brains it's okay for Evan to be a smart, fat slob but Vidonia needs a face like something from a "fashion show".

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It is refreshing, though, to see a woman of color in a major role, but it quickly became obvious that her major purpose was to ted kosmatka the games develop Silas via some contrived relationship.

The first half of the book is fairly predictable. Without giving anything away that you won't spot yourself, I offer you Exhibit 1: Silas calling his sister to beg her to keep her child away from ted kosmatka the games games.

For Exhibit 2 I present the guy who swears that the glass is bullet proof and will be fine. You're with me aren't you?


But, but, but, but, but once the good stuff hits, like childbirth pains, the first half's deficiencies will fade into irrelevance.