At its best, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a cross between This Mortal Coil and Black Mirror. Maybe it fails to deliver on a setup worthy of a five-star read, but that doesn't negate its many thought-provoking qualities.
When it comes to them, bad isn't just cool. It's understandable. It's worth rooting for. Maybe, sometimes, if you let the boundaries blur enough, it's even right.
Scalzi delivers all the high-stakes adventure and cutthroat twists in his trademark cinematic, assured writing style, with snappy dialogue seemingly written to translate to the silver screen.
It's only the 2nd, so it's not too late to wish everyone Happy New Year again. But it's also the 2nd, which means it's not too early to be getting back to work. Woo!
This is a fresh take on YA not focused on romance, empowerment or sending a message, but a fine-tuned coming of age story against a backdrop of sci-fi badassery.