|Set in an amoral
future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to
the death in an Olympic event, The Games
envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think.
|Silas Williams is the
brilliant geneticist in charge of preparing the U.S. entry into the
Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport
with only one rule: no human DNA is permitted in the design of the
lives and breathes genetics; his designs have led the United States to
the gold in every previous event. But the other countries are catching
up. Now, desperate for an edge in the upcoming Games, Silas’s
boss engages an experimental supercomputer to design the genetic code
for a gladiator that cannot be beaten.
The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never
before seen on earth. Not even Silas, with all his genius and
experience, can understand the horror he had a hand in making. And no
one, he fears, can anticipate the consequences of entrusting the act of
creation to a computer’s cold logic.
by Ted Kosmatka
Del Rey, 2013