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Summary

Upgrade is the new mind-bending thriller from Blake Crouch, author of the best-selling Dark Matter and Recursion.

You are the next step in human evolution....

What if you were capable of more?

Your concentration was better, you could multitask quicker, read faster, memorize more, sleep deeper.

For Logan Ramsay, it’s happening. He’s beginning to see the world around him, even those he loves the most, in whole new ways.

He knows that it’s not natural, that his genes have been hacked. He has been targeted for an upgrade.

Logan’s family legacy is one he has been trying to escape for decades and it has left him vulnerable to attack. But with a terrifying plan in place to replicate his upgrade throughout the world’s population, he may be the only person capable of stopping what has already been set in motion.

To win this war against humanity Logan will now have to become something other than himself....

Intricately plotted and epic in scope, Upgrade asks us to ponder the limits of our humanity – and our boundless potential. Are you ready for the impossible?

©2022 Blake Crouch (P)2022 Penguin Random House LLC

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Food for thought, action packed

I'm a big fan on Blake Crouch and thoroughly enjoyed this book.
For a sci-fi thriller.....it had more depth than usual and evoked emotion at the end.
I won't give anything away, only to say if we all had compassion for consequence maybe the world would bea better place.
Also Mr Crouch was around over the last few weeks and it was great to speak the the author, having that connection to an author really makes a difference.

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Disappointing

After having read and loved both Dark Matter and Recursion by this author I was very much looking forward to this book. Preordered it and started listening to it as soon as I could but I just couldn’t get into the story… too similar to his previous books and quite repetitive (we get it, the main character is smarter and faster, no need to remind us every few paragraphs). I even upped the speed of the narration to 2,5x because I just wanted it to be over. Was expecting more. I will however cherish Dark Matter and Recursion

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Blake Crouch does it again

Awesome and intriguing premise, with cool science and an over-arching moral dilemma. Excellent work.

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Underdeveloped

I think there are some interesting ideas here that go a little under developed as it descends quickly into the well trodden 'man on the run' trope. It has flavors of Flowers for Algernon, Dark Fields and Bourne but isn't nearly as well written as those touch points. He also lazily copies the plot foundation of mother and single child from Dark Matter.... That said I finished the book in two days so it clearly kept me engaged!

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loved this book

Ignore any negative reviews on this book. I bought this book because of Blake's last 2 books and I absolutely loved it. It has a great story and a great ending!!

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It was ok. Just ok. Interesting concept.


For some reason, it just didnt grab me like some of his other works. Loved Run and Wayward Pines. This started off well and had some very interesting concepts, but ended up a litlle dull. Not bad. Just not quite up to his normal standard. Still worth a listen and very well narrated.

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Sadly disappointing

Dark Matter was so brilliant. I wanted to love this and the subject seemed promising, but it just all fell a bit flat for me. It’s a brilliant story, let down by rather long, boring and repetitive description of Logan’s thought processes. I’d rather be in on the action. However even those more lively chapters seemed to be lacking in something. The connection between him and his family is really good, and interesting, and I wanted Crouch to go deeper. The best bit was the epilogue at the end which was all about his relationship with his close family. His sister was interesting, but felt like we skimmed the surface of someone who was key to the whole plot. Also, the narrator was good but his female voices were a bit whiny and irritating, but at least he tried!
I felt like I was dragging my way through it. If I hear the word “genome” again I might go crazy.
For such a huge and interesting subject matter…. nothing much really seems to happen.

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Thought provoking

A great story with an interesting premise. The performance is excellent. A Blake Crouch classic.

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Doesn't hit the mark

This is another fun book by Blake Crouch. Fast paced and a fun premise as usual. However, the book fails to hold together for me. I hope this isn't a spoiler, but, as the name suggests, some people get "upgraded" so that their intelligence is far, far beyond everyone else. Writing from the perspective of someone who is supposed to be off the charts intelligent is, it turns out, basically impossible for a normal human being (no offence Blake!).

Too often the protagonists super human intelligence is just either cartoonish ("the train is moving at 547.4mph"), or just sentimental and clichéd ("you can't save humanity without humanity").

I don't know what super human intelligence looks like, but I'm certain it doesn't look like early 21st century American sentimentality.

More me, these problems made the book just too frustrating to enjoy , despite engaging plot.

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An essay and warning for humanity

I don't understand the negative reviews for this book. It captivated me, as much as Dark Matter and Recursion did. The story is brilliant if not a little dystopian in its outlook, but in that is mankind's warning (like we've not had enough as it is)
I can see this getting a movie or Netflix option and it would be bloody good too!

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  • 09-08-22

Stunned

I love Blake crouch. Dark matter and recursion are two of my favourite books. Ever.
This one, on the other hand was so disappointing that I find it hard to believe it was written by the same author. It had none of the intrigue, genius or “wtf is going to happen next”that his other books have. With the others I couldn’t wait to finish to know what was going to happen. With this one I couldn’t wait to finish so that I’d be done and could move on to the next book.
Only reason I gave it a second star is because it’s Blake crouch. Not worth the time or money. Hope the next one is better.