Author: Rob Thurman
Series: The Korsak Brothers 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: Five Petals
On the Author's Website:
What makes us human, what makes us unique…
…And what makes us kill.
Ten years ago, Stefan Korsak’s younger brother was kidnapped. No one knew who took Lukas, or why. He was simply gone. But not a day has passed that Stefan hasn’t thought about him. As a rising figure in the Russian mafia, he has finally found him.
But when he rescues Lukas, he must confront a terrible truth-his brother is no longer his brother. He is a killer. Trained, brainwashed, and genetically transformed into a flesh-and-blood machine with only one purpose-assassination. Now, those who created him… will do anything to reclaim him.
And the closer Stefan grows to his brother, the more he realizes that saving Lukas may be easier than surviving him…
Stefan lost his brother to kidnappers when he was a child and has since made it his life's goal to find and rescue Lukas. When he gets the first clue in years, Stefan leaves his job with his family's mafia organization and travels across the country to search. Except, the Lukas Stefan finds is nothing like the baby brother Stefan remembers. Finding out who they are now after everything they've been through is difficult enough, but then the people that kidnapped Lukas try to take him back and staying alive becomes just as important.
I've read a lot of books, many of which that featured familial relationships of some sort, but I've never read anything like this before. Stefan was destroyed by the loss of his brother, so his quest to save Lukas as the central theme of the book works perfectly. The characterizations of both Stefan and Lukas, who isn't right in the head after all the years he's been held captive and experimented on, were spot on. In fact, their relationship as brothers is so real that the fantastic elements of the science that created Lukas was excellently balanced.
Lukas is what is known as a chimera, or a child that absorbed its twin in the womb. With a little help from science, the extra abilities granted by the twin can be unlocked. The aspects of the science fiction in the story are important, but they aren't overwhelming. I was able to understand most of it and the parts I couldn't were still explained enough for the story to make sense. I really enjoyed reading what was a truely unique sci-fi novel.
I've never read a story like this before. The relationship between the brothers balances perfectly with the sci-fi elements. I absolutely recommend this book.
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