FATE OF PERFECTION
Despite the excellent use of language, Fate of Perfection has several glaring flaws that are difficult to ignore. The time period is centuries into the future, where humans are created, genetically engineered and unable to create affectionate familial associations. Despite this, Breene made the main motivations for her characters a type of nostalgia for the world as we know it, a world that functions in a way that her modern characters would not be able to imagine. This is not how cultural programming works, and psychologically was unbelievable. The colloquialisms used in the humor and dialogue are all much too modern; our modern, not their modern. There was too much dependence on current wordings, phrases and jokes to make Breene’s futuristic worlds believable in any sense. The reader’s ability to become invested in these future characters is limited.
In the oligarchy of a future world where all labor and currency is controlled by one or two corporations, Millicent is Queen. Genetically engineered to encapsulate the most desirable of human assets — intelligence, problem solving, determination, focus, drive — Millicent is the Corporation’s most valuable hacker in their constant war against the rival corporation. When Millicent is chosen to procreate, she realizes that there is more to life than defeating a rival corporation, and must use all her engineered skills to find a way out for herself — and her daughter. (47NORTH, Jan., 330 pp., $15.95)