NO TIME TO DIE by Kira Peikoff

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There’s something wrong with Zoe Kincaid. Her stunted size and figure are that of a pre pubescent teenager rather than a twenty-year-old. To date none of the doctors or tests have yielded any results and her parents are ready to write it off as a fluke, but after being embarrassed out of college Zoe has had enough.

Unbeknownst to her parents, Zoe submits herself for a series of genetic tests and finally gets an answer: physically her body stopped aging at fourteen. Only one other person has ever been known to suffer this same disorder and further testing could show the exact gene responsible. Zoe is all set to sign on for whatever it takes – after all, her genes could be the key to agelessness – but lawyers have determined that if Zoe is only physically fourteen, she is still a minor. Without the consent her parents refuse to give, any further study of Zoe and her condition are a no go.

When a group called the Network steps in and offers Zoe what private doctors can’t, she jumps at the opportunity. But the Network is the focus of a government investigation determined to unmask and dismantle the organization. In Zoe’s quest for answers has she actually placed herself in the hands of a group of murderers?

This latest from Peikoff is certainly a thought provoking one. On one hand there is the seemingly endless quest for longevity and immortality (should we, shouldn’t we, and what are the ramifications of an un-aging population?). On the other there are the politics involved in medical research.

Some aspects of the book do come across as far fetched, but most of story works. The Network itself is an intriguing prospect, and one I’m sure exists in some throughout the scientific community (though that may just be a bit of conspiracy theory talking).

9/14 Becky LeJeune

NO TIME TO DIE by Kira Peikoff. Pinnacle (August 26, 2014). ISBN 978-0786034895. 448p.

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