Title: Upgrade
Author: Blake Crouch
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
First published: July 7th 2022
Publisher: Macmillan
Finished reading: June 9th 2022
Pages: 336

“Higher intelligence doesn’t make you less greedy or self-centered or evil. It doesn’t necessarily make you a good person.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I know that science fiction isn’t my usual genre, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it when I’m in the right mood for it… I had an excellent time with the two previous stand-alones Blake Crouch wrote; they are exactly the type of high speed and action inspired sci-fi stories that are a perfect fit for me. I added Upgrade as soon as I first heard about it and even before I read the blurb; I love his writing and I knew I simply HAD to read it even before I knew what it was going to be about exactly. After reading the premise, I was even more excited to read Upgrade, and I have to say that it definitely lived up to expectations for me.

Upgrade is a dystopian story set in an alternative near future where humanity as it is won’t be able to exist for much longer if things don’t change. It’s an all too plausible situation if you think about it with the current state of the world… Upgrade focuses on DNA science and engineering, and while some of this certainly went over my head as a whole I liked what it brought to the story. This is mainly thanks to the fast pace and constant movement; even if you don’t understand 100% of the science incorporated into the story, it is very easy to just move on and enjoy the ride anyway. It’s definitely what I did!

This story will take you all over the US as you follow Logan Ramsay on his journey. Son of an infamous scientist who caused the death of millions, he now works on the other side trying to stop similar events from happening. His whole world is turned upside down though when a raid goes wrong and leaves him infected with a virus that will literally change who he is… His genome is hacked, and the upgrade will give him abilities that will set him apart from the rest of humanity. Logan is determined to find out why he was a target and what this new upgrade means, and there are many many dangerous moments, action-packed scenes and plot twists along the way while he tries to unravel the truth. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot to avoid spoilers, but what I can say is that you better brace yourself for a wild and violent ride!

Upgrade is one of those stories that shows me that I can truly love the sci-fi genre when the timing is right. A lot of this has to do with the fact that despite the heavy dose of science that I might not always fully digest, there is also plenty of action and suspense to keep you entertained along the way. This story was extremely engaging and in fact a true pageturner despite the scientific parts; not my absolute Blake Crouch favorite (it’s hard to beat Dark Matter), but without doubt an excellent read!


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