Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nano ~ Robin Cook

NanoNano by Robin Cook
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I try to wait till I'm finished with a novel before reading other peoples reviews. I know that may seem odd but I don't want someone elses opinion to shape mine. In this case that worked to my advantage. I've seen some less than stellar reviews for this novel on goodreads but I couldn't disagree more. I really enjoyed this book.

Summary: A lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology institute in the foothills of the Rockies, Nano is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nanorobots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.

But when Pia Grazdani takes a job there, she’s shocked by the secretive corporate culture. She’s warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute’s research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon Nano’s human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the twenty-first century—a treatment option for millions—or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?

My Take: I was able to relate with the main character Pia. A driven, independant woman who gets in way over her head. I felt bad for George the hapless, lovestruck friend who is constantly being dragged into trouble because of his relationship with Pia. This being the fourth book I've read this year in regards to nano tech I have to say the subject was well done. The science felt convincing but also understandable. The author did a fantastic job keeping the storyline moving forward, captivating the reader. My only complaint is the ending. I won't spoil it for you though so you will just have to check it out yourself!


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