Posted by Justine Solomons on 23 April 2013, in Recommendations
Review by Justine Solomons.
I really enjoyed the Human Script and since reading it a while have found myself reflecting on it often.
Chris Putnam is a young scientist working on the Human Genome Project in the spring of 2000, mapping the chromosomal code that makes us human. A series of events turns his world upside-down: his estranged and deeply religious father passes away, his twin brother goes missing and he falls in love for the first time. Chris is left questioning everything he once believed in.
The Human Script is a book of many levels. On first glance it is a poignant love story, but as the reader peels away the layers it becomes a book about belief, faith, science and the nature of reality. It asks whether we are masters of our own fate or pawns in a greater game, with our futures mapped out within our very biology. Johnny Rich is a lover of literature and this is clear in his clever use of motifs and themes within The Human Script. His writing is reminiscent of Tom McCarthy and David Mitchell; readers may find that upon reading the last page they will want to start all over again. Intelligent, thought-provoking and profoundly moving, The Human Script is a book that will start conversations and will linger in your mind for a long time.