Upgrade, Blake Crouch

A blue cover with a DNA sequence in black going down the center

Before we get into my review, I have a personal note to add. Yesterday my best friend’s daughter called to tell me that he passed away. And I keep picking up the phone to ask him if he heard the news. I’ve known him my whole life, we were married when we were 5 years old. A very legit and binding ceremony, you can imagine. So I don’t much feel like life-ing right now. So I’m scheduling a week’s worth of posts which is something that I never do because I like my posts to come the day of.
Anyway, thanks for stopping by, I’ll be back.


I always say that when it comes to Crouch’s work because his writing is always phenomenal. Gene editing can have some incredible, life-changing applications. But with any exciting scientific milestone, the implications for things going awry are significant. I love the idea of healing myself of the many auto-immune diseases I suffer from. I find the appeal of having a flawless memory incredibly tempting. But at what cost?

Crouch explores that cost through fast-paced, edge of your seat storytelling with multiple layers and facets. The cast is purposefully small, and it works here. Crouch writes in a way that’s relatable for all readers. He proposes something brilliant and scary and says, this is what you get. Even the modern advancements that have nothing to do with gene editing are exciting and sure to come into fruition down the line. Overall, this is a superbly addicting read. Thank you, Random House/Ballantine Books, for sending this along!

Book Links (releasing July 12th)


About the Book

“You are the next step in human evolution.”

At first, Logan Ramsay isn’t sure if anything’s different. He just feels a little . . . sharper. Better able to concentrate. Better at multitasking. Reading a bit faster, memorizing better, needing less sleep.

But before long, he can’t deny it: Something’s happening to his brain. To his body. He’s starting to see the world, and those around him—even those he loves most—in whole new ways.

The truth is, Logan’s genome has been hacked. And there’s a reason he’s been targeted for this upgrade. A reason that goes back decades to the darkest part of his past, and a horrific family legacy.

Worse still, what’s happening to him is just the first step in a much larger plan, one that will inflict the same changes on humanity at large—at a terrifying cost.

Because of his new abilities, Logan’s the one person in the world capable of stopping what’s been set in motion. But to have a chance at winning this war, he’ll have to become something other than himself. Maybe even something other than human.

And even as he’s fighting, he can’t help wondering: what if humanity’s only hope for a future really does lie in engineering our own evolution?

Intimate in scale yet epic in scope, Upgrade is an intricately plotted, lightning-fast tale that charts one man’s thrilling transformation, even as it asks us to ponder the limits of our humanity—and our boundless potential.

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