Upgrade is a scorcher of a summer thriller, asking us what we would do to save humanity from itself. 

The Plot

“What do you call a heart that is simultaneously full and breaking? Maybe there’s no word for it, but for some reason, it makes me think of rain falling through sunlight.”

Logan Ramsey feels different. It’s almost as if he is smarter, stronger, better than he was 24 hours ago. He begins to process the world in new ways, ways that were impossible before.

In this near future world, DNA hacking is illegal. Logan works for the government agency working to stop genome scientists from hacking DNA. It just so happens that this is exactly what is happening to Logan. Logan is being upgraded with changes in his DNA sequence. How and why? He must race to uncover secrets that lie in the murky shadows of his past to get the answers he is searching for.

The Verdict

Blake Crouch’s new science fiction thriller focuses around a central question: what would you be willing to risk to save humanity from itself? Crouch has always proved himself as the master of the science fiction thriller that asks: should we? Upgrade is no different.

Should we upgrade humans to be smarter and stronger, with more capable brains to save ourselves from the future’s demise (climate change, global warming, pandemics, etc)? Logan is a character grappling with his past while trying to figure out his own answer to the question.

It was easy to relate to Logan’s predicaments in the novel: who hasn’t ever felt pressure to live up to something or make huge decisions that affect others? Crouch, the author of countless of my favorite science fiction thrillers, does it again with a techno thriller adventure into what makes us whole.

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
About the Author

Sarah Moon is a stone-cold sorceress from Tennessee whose interests include serial killers, horror fiction, and the newest dystopian blockbuster. Sarah holds an M.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing. She works as an English professor as well as a cemeterian. Sarah is most likely to cover horror in print including prose, poetry, and graphic forms.

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