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Our flaws define us, what happens when they are gone? In the near future, genetic defects will soon be a thing of the past. Every child is born using The Template, a revolutionary invention ensuring health and happiness. Its success brought about Mendelium, the largest technology company in the world, which now controls humanity’s genetic future via a board of directors. Ch Our flaws define us, what happens when they are gone? In the near future, genetic defects will soon be a thing of the past. Every child is born using The Template, a revolutionary invention ensuring health and happiness. Its success brought about Mendelium, the largest technology company in the world, which now controls humanity’s genetic future via a board of directors. Charlie Lamarck, an engineer with Tourette’s syndrome, is working to create a better life for future generations when he’s suddenly thrust into a position of power by Gerhard Geller, the eccentric CEO who taken a liking to him—perhaps too quickly. Charlie’s differences have brought success into his life, and he’s skeptical of a world without flaws. Now, he faces a choice. Should Charlie work to change the future, or will he be part of the last generation shaped by their own genetic disadvantages? Compelling, genuine, timely, and unforgettable: The Final Flaw is a gripping exploration into our differences and what makes us unique as human beings. This thought-provoking novel underlines the positives of neurological diversity and paints an all-too-realistic future of the corporatization of genetic technologies.


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Our flaws define us, what happens when they are gone? In the near future, genetic defects will soon be a thing of the past. Every child is born using The Template, a revolutionary invention ensuring health and happiness. Its success brought about Mendelium, the largest technology company in the world, which now controls humanity’s genetic future via a board of directors. Ch Our flaws define us, what happens when they are gone? In the near future, genetic defects will soon be a thing of the past. Every child is born using The Template, a revolutionary invention ensuring health and happiness. Its success brought about Mendelium, the largest technology company in the world, which now controls humanity’s genetic future via a board of directors. Charlie Lamarck, an engineer with Tourette’s syndrome, is working to create a better life for future generations when he’s suddenly thrust into a position of power by Gerhard Geller, the eccentric CEO who taken a liking to him—perhaps too quickly. Charlie’s differences have brought success into his life, and he’s skeptical of a world without flaws. Now, he faces a choice. Should Charlie work to change the future, or will he be part of the last generation shaped by their own genetic disadvantages? Compelling, genuine, timely, and unforgettable: The Final Flaw is a gripping exploration into our differences and what makes us unique as human beings. This thought-provoking novel underlines the positives of neurological diversity and paints an all-too-realistic future of the corporatization of genetic technologies.

30 review for The Final Flaw

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Harris

    I created an account solely to review this book. I suspect all of the positive reviews are fake, and are in fact written by the author himself. The author has been using "sockpuppets" (accounts that look like they're real people, but are actually the same person—the author) to promote his book on social media sites like Reddit. For example, the author will post something like "The Final Flaw is the best book I've read this year!" under a sockpuppet account, and then respond to it in agreement wi I created an account solely to review this book. I suspect all of the positive reviews are fake, and are in fact written by the author himself. The author has been using "sockpuppets" (accounts that look like they're real people, but are actually the same person—the author) to promote his book on social media sites like Reddit. For example, the author will post something like "The Final Flaw is the best book I've read this year!" under a sockpuppet account, and then respond to it in agreement with another sockpuppet account. To the casual viewer, this will look like multiple people talking about how much they loved the book, and will hopefully result in a sale for the author. However, if you inspect these accounts more closely, there are giveaways (in the name, account activity, creation date, etc.) that indicate they're all run by the same person. This is dishonest and manipulative. What's worse, a lot of these sockpuppets claim to be neurodivergent themselves or have neurodivergent family members: the author is literally using fake, made-up neurodivergent people as pawns to trick people into buying his book. If the author is doing that other places, he's probably doing it here, too. Do not support this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jill Cohen

    This book is pretty far out of my comfort zone. However, as an adult with Tourette's Syndrome I was interested to read how the main character is presented. This condition is so often mocked and used as a punch line. I was delighted to see that Charlies is bright and loving and friendly and warm. That he is an amazing human, with a few flaws, like us all. While it was the TS that drew me to the book, it was the story that kept me engaged. The ending, where everything is finally explained, was espe This book is pretty far out of my comfort zone. However, as an adult with Tourette's Syndrome I was interested to read how the main character is presented. This condition is so often mocked and used as a punch line. I was delighted to see that Charlies is bright and loving and friendly and warm. That he is an amazing human, with a few flaws, like us all. While it was the TS that drew me to the book, it was the story that kept me engaged. The ending, where everything is finally explained, was especially hard hitting and personal to me. This book shows the beauty of our differences and how imperfect perfect is. I look forward to more books by this author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Yongue

    This book was the most unique one I've read in a while. The author hit a highly debated topic right now and for good reason. This was an easy read but not "simple" in its concepts. Some of the points, such as his escapism in code, and how the technology itself worked became a bit redundant for me and I found myself skimming those sections. However, the authors choice to make the timeline jump around made it a more interesting read. Loved that the main character had tourettes, because you don't s This book was the most unique one I've read in a while. The author hit a highly debated topic right now and for good reason. This was an easy read but not "simple" in its concepts. Some of the points, such as his escapism in code, and how the technology itself worked became a bit redundant for me and I found myself skimming those sections. However, the authors choice to make the timeline jump around made it a more interesting read. Loved that the main character had tourettes, because you don't see enough about it in common media. It was nice to hear the main characters perspective and feelings related to it. Book was the perfect length. The ending, though a bit predictable, was also satisfying.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rupali

    The book is unique in a way I haven’t read before. The writing is a bit rough around the edges sure, but it tackles an interesting topic with a beautifully written story. The protagonist Charlie has Tourette syndrome and unsurprisingly it is one of the biggest aspect of his life. But not the way one would assume. Instead of being held back by his weakness, Charlie has learnt to embrace the possibilities which has only been possible due to his flaw. He believes it so much so that he is willing to The book is unique in a way I haven’t read before. The writing is a bit rough around the edges sure, but it tackles an interesting topic with a beautifully written story. The protagonist Charlie has Tourette syndrome and unsurprisingly it is one of the biggest aspect of his life. But not the way one would assume. Instead of being held back by his weakness, Charlie has learnt to embrace the possibilities which has only been possible due to his flaw. He believes it so much so that he is willing to take a stand in front of the world to not remove it from the future generation, even if he is only one. In a world that has decided to remove all the genetic imperfections one by one, in a path to achieve the "perfect" human being. If given a choice, will you choose your next generation to be free of any disease that might hold them back? On the surface, it seems like a simple question to answer. But as a reader, you will slowly start to empathise with the character and his beliefs. Slowly and for more than one reason, it becomes clear that ridding our future generation of any kind of flaws, may not be in our best interest after-all. Though this book is focused around Tourette’s syndrome, it has a lesson for all of us to learn. May be we are better off if we choose to embrace the imperfections both within and around ourselves rather than trying to fix something that only seems broken.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megan Mumm

    This is the best book club book that we've done so far. It was a page turning read that inspired some deep conversation between all of the girls in my group. Each of us has some imperfection that has formed us into who we are today, this book highlights just how important those are to society. It inspired many of us to open up about our own flaws and had a discussion on whether or not we would get rid of them if given the opportunity. This is the best book club book that we've done so far. It was a page turning read that inspired some deep conversation between all of the girls in my group. Each of us has some imperfection that has formed us into who we are today, this book highlights just how important those are to society. It inspired many of us to open up about our own flaws and had a discussion on whether or not we would get rid of them if given the opportunity.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Margrette Li

    I took a bit of a gamble on this one after hearing about it from a friend. At first I was slightly hesitant to read a book with a character that had constant tics, as I thought it would be disruptive to the story, but I couldn't have been more wrong! I don't want to get too deep or give away any spoilers, but this book has one of the most interesting characters in it that I've read in quite a while. All in all, it was captivating from start to finish. I'd recommend it even if SciFi isn't your ty I took a bit of a gamble on this one after hearing about it from a friend. At first I was slightly hesitant to read a book with a character that had constant tics, as I thought it would be disruptive to the story, but I couldn't have been more wrong! I don't want to get too deep or give away any spoilers, but this book has one of the most interesting characters in it that I've read in quite a while. All in all, it was captivating from start to finish. I'd recommend it even if SciFi isn't your typical book choice as it takes place in the very near future with just some minor differences.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Larry Christianson

    Straight up the best book I've read so far this year. I'm really bummed out this is the author's only book right now because I enjoyed this one on so many different levels. Each chapter pulled the story forward and kept me reading past my bedtime on multiple nights. The character building was phenomenal, the near future predictions unique (and inevitable). Most of all it made me think about my own imperfections and how I might be able to leverage my flaws to make myself a better person. Straight up the best book I've read so far this year. I'm really bummed out this is the author's only book right now because I enjoyed this one on so many different levels. Each chapter pulled the story forward and kept me reading past my bedtime on multiple nights. The character building was phenomenal, the near future predictions unique (and inevitable). Most of all it made me think about my own imperfections and how I might be able to leverage my flaws to make myself a better person.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gerald Everdeen

    I just wrapped this one up and I was blown away! I have a son with Tourette's syndrome and I've been looking for good fictional characters with Tourette's syndrome for him to look up to. Charlie (the main character) is one of the most interesting depictions of a person with TS that I've ever read in a book. I would highly recommend. Even if you don't know someone with neurological differences the topics of genetic manipulation and diversity in this book are fascinating. Plus it was just a captiv I just wrapped this one up and I was blown away! I have a son with Tourette's syndrome and I've been looking for good fictional characters with Tourette's syndrome for him to look up to. Charlie (the main character) is one of the most interesting depictions of a person with TS that I've ever read in a book. I would highly recommend. Even if you don't know someone with neurological differences the topics of genetic manipulation and diversity in this book are fascinating. Plus it was just a captivating read from start to finish!

  9. 4 out of 5

    McKenzie Dunlap

    Like so many others have said, this book is a definite page-turner. Thoroughly enjoyable! Would read more from Michael R. Sullivan in the future!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Juan Estive

    It's one of those books that I knew I would want to read through again as soon as I finished the final chapter. Solid read no matter what genres you are into. It's one of those books that I knew I would want to read through again as soon as I finished the final chapter. Solid read no matter what genres you are into.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Moore

    Picked it up because I'm a big scifi fan who loves just about anything about genetics in fiction. But I cruised through the entire thing in a single day because of the fascinating story and character development. This book has not one, but two, of the most interesting characters that I've read. A must read for all science fiction fans. Picked it up because I'm a big scifi fan who loves just about anything about genetics in fiction. But I cruised through the entire thing in a single day because of the fascinating story and character development. This book has not one, but two, of the most interesting characters that I've read. A must read for all science fiction fans.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    This was an engrossing read. It reminded me a lot of Gattaca but from the perspective of the corporates. Really enjoyed the perspective of a narrator with Tourette's syndrome and all of the ethical questions raised around genetic engineering. This was an engrossing read. It reminded me a lot of Gattaca but from the perspective of the corporates. Really enjoyed the perspective of a narrator with Tourette's syndrome and all of the ethical questions raised around genetic engineering.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Samm

    A great first book by a new author. While it’s a fairly simple story line, it addresses many much needed topics. I first learned about this book from a post the author made on Reddit and was so thankful I ran across it and bought it right away!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Peyton

    I would have appreciated some harder science behind the book. It would have been fascinating to dive into the science behind the technology in the novel because it would have made the ensuing scenes more exciting. I think the message behind the novel is strong although it would have been strengthened if it had been lengthened.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Goldberg

    One of the best new science fiction books I've read in the last few years. A very unique take on the future of genetic manipulation-in 20 years I suspect some of these things will have already come into existence. One of the best new science fiction books I've read in the last few years. A very unique take on the future of genetic manipulation-in 20 years I suspect some of these things will have already come into existence.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kassy

    A thought-provoking take on the aspects and obstacles in our lives that make us who we are.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Joraanstad

    A gripping story with an excellent message! Well worth the purchase and read. Makes you think about our use of technology!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Huber

    What can I say, this was a real page turner. I am not one for science fiction, let alone fiction in general but I gave this book a shot after a suggestion from a good friend. I am glad I listened to him because this book was very hard for me to put down. The characters and their development are amazing and the fact that Tourette's Syndrome was involved with this novel was also very interesting. With TS often being mocked and misunderstood in our society it was refreshing see TS being depicted the What can I say, this was a real page turner. I am not one for science fiction, let alone fiction in general but I gave this book a shot after a suggestion from a good friend. I am glad I listened to him because this book was very hard for me to put down. The characters and their development are amazing and the fact that Tourette's Syndrome was involved with this novel was also very interesting. With TS often being mocked and misunderstood in our society it was refreshing see TS being depicted the way the author chose to. This was a fascinating and captivating book that allows us to find positives in our imperfections and differences. This could be a quality read for anyone and everyone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    The author is creating fake accounts to review his own material. He is abusing this platform and fabricating good press for his mediocre work.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Not a fan of how the last third was handled, but overall good story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jack Donohue

    This author is using fake reviews on social media, and has planted dozens of fake accounts across multiple platforms to advertise his book, which is NOT good to begin with. Just want to get this out on here, and to not trust any review you see here that is overwhelmingly positive, and doesn't have any substance. Of course, there are real positive reviews... just be cautious while looking for your next book to read. This author is using fake reviews on social media, and has planted dozens of fake accounts across multiple platforms to advertise his book, which is NOT good to begin with. Just want to get this out on here, and to not trust any review you see here that is overwhelmingly positive, and doesn't have any substance. Of course, there are real positive reviews... just be cautious while looking for your next book to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Made it halfway through and DNFed it. I have 3 complaints: 1) The hype for this self-published book seems to be mostly the author making social media rounds promoting their own work with fake accounts. 2) The book is riddled with typos and grammatical errors. Was there no one around to proofread this? Even a friend or relative? Anyone who reads English would've caught most of the errors. 3) The premise of the story is very interesting. It goes without saying that people with disabilities can sti Made it halfway through and DNFed it. I have 3 complaints: 1) The hype for this self-published book seems to be mostly the author making social media rounds promoting their own work with fake accounts. 2) The book is riddled with typos and grammatical errors. Was there no one around to proofread this? Even a friend or relative? Anyone who reads English would've caught most of the errors. 3) The premise of the story is very interesting. It goes without saying that people with disabilities can still make valuable contributions to society and should be accepted. However, I'm skeptical that most people who have Tourettes or autism, etc. would choose to keep those traits if there was a way to change it. The book doesn't present enough evidence to convince me these disorders are beneficial. Since that is the central premise of the book, it fell flat for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    A Rawrkitteh

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dane Braun

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Koo

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael Munn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Rasmussen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mr Joe Beard

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily White

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