One bright morning in Washington, DC, the US president learns of a terrifying new threat to national security. Soon afterwards, American mercenary Jonathan Yeager is asked to lead a team into the Congo to eliminate a mysterious enemy - a job w hich will help him pay for treatment for his dying son.
But when they reach Africa, the threat turns out to be a three-year-old child named Akili : the next step in human evolution. T he soldiers are under olrders to kill the boy before his full potential can be realised. Yet Akili's advance knowledge might be the only hope Yeager has to save his son's life...
With time running out to choose a side, Yeager must decide whether to follow his orders or to save a creature who may not be as harmless or innocent as he appears. Because Akili is already the smatest being on the planet, with the power to either save humanity... or destroy it.
It's not the book's fault, it's mine : if I had informed myself better, I would have known that it wasn't for me. On the other hand, I didn't want to know too much before reading it. I think it's been gathering dust on my shelf for years for a reason...
When I first heard about this novel years ago, I saw delighted reviews everywhere (which are probably deserved). Because it was written by a Japanese author, and because of the subject of the book, I expected some kind of moral dilemma about the fact of killing a child, from a different species or not, of killing the only (the first ?) representative a new species, the moral weight, the right to alter evolution for the sake of keeping one's way of life, etc. I expected something more Japanese, in other words.
But I found myself with a written action film : soldiers/mercenaries, president of the US, a clueless scientist who does things he has been told not to do and been given a mission too big for his capacities. I read a hundred pages and was still waiting for something to happen that would be out of the ordinary, I didn't feel like reading this type of books at this time : it's not the kind of films I like to watch, so it makes sense that I wouldn't read this type of book either.
So, sorry, my bad. It wasn't for me, but you might probably like it.