Upgrade by Blake Crouch

by Blake Crouch
Pub Date – 7/12/22
My reading group #playbookers started talking about this book since the widget went out last week and decided to have a buddy read. I usually don’t get into books until the week of publication but I devoured this one!

An ordinary man undergoes a startling transformation—and fears that all of humanity may be next—in the mindblowing new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and Recursion

“You are the next step in human evolution.”

I love thrillers with science and this one was in a dystopian future that the mc’s family created with her invention. This made the government put major restrictions on geneticists and scientists. This was non-stop action and I loved all the science even though I know nothing about science. I was fascinated about all the upgrades that were made and even the whole underground world of geneticists that Logan searched for before he went on the run. His sister was a badass.

That epilogue I totally agree with! I am a weirdo and have a bigger base than 150.

I just had a buddy read for Jurassic Park with my same group and I keep reiterating to my husband what Macolm said. That the Earth will not end with global warming and climate change, the Earth will just be uninhabitable for us to live in and humans will die off. That’s the thing people don’t understand cause the Earth doesn’t seem like it will die, it’s us that will die.  This book made an interesting point asking why don’t we care? Why don’t we care about the generations after us that we don’t know yet that aren’t born?

Thank you randomhouse and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

✨#playbookers prompt #4 – Single as a Pringle – Read a book with no romance in it.


Logan Ramsay is about to get the brain he always dreamed of. But will he be transformed into something more than human…or something less? The mind-blowing new thriller from the ‘New York Times’ best-selling author of ‘Dark Matter’ and ‘Recursion’.

When the SWAT team gives the all-clear and Logan Ramsay steps into the basement, he has no idea that everything’s about to change.

Then there’s the hiss of aerosol. The explosion. The shrapnel that punctures his hazmat gear. Logan wakes up to find himself in a hospital bed, attended by doctors in their own hazmat suits, his wife and daughter looking on from behind the glass.

The doctors say he’s been infected by a virus–one designed not to make him sick, but to modify his very genetic structure. In a world where the next-generation gene-editing tool known as Scythe is widely available–and has already reaped disastrous consequences–the possibilities are too many and terrifying to count.

Except that after the fever, the pain, the fear…the virus is gone. And according to his government bosses, Logan’s got a clean bill of health.

But the truth is that with each day that passes, Logan’s getting smarter. Seeing things more clearly. He’s realizing that he’s been upgraded in ways that go beyond even Scythe’s capabilities–and that he’s been given these abilities for a reason.

Because a holy grail of genetic engineering–one that could change our very definitions of humanity–has just been unearthed. And now it’s up to him to stop it from falling into the wrong hands.

Logan’s becoming something more. Something better. Even with the whole world hunting for him, he might be able to outthink his opponents and win the war that’s coming.

But what if it’s at the cost of being himself?


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