A remarkable excursion into the realm of science fiction, Patrick L. McConnell’s The Gene Rasp represents the heart and the mind rapt with its investigation of the heart and humanity through the journey of the inventor of a phenomenal life-altering device giving hope to mankind for a future utopia.
Captivating from its outset, the story takes place in the future, with the adventures of the central character Tom Spoon later known as Dr. Tom Maloof due to be promulgated in the year 2165. However, this is no ordinary autobiography because Tom is no common person; he becomes the saviour of future humanity as he discovers a revolutionary medical device called the Gene Rasp which can alter the genetics of individuals endeavouring cures for cancer as well as many other diseases thusly making the road to salvation a little clearer.
Easily engaging, the story entertains as Tom Spoon charms readers into his life with a humble and comfortable tone, drawing rich images as he reflects on his life, memorising people, relationships, and experiences that influenced his journey from orphan to famous doctor. He conveys having grown up in an orphanage of which we determine that life for Tom was isolated as a boy, although besieged by many others, he was different, as he fought with dyslexia. Believing his brain was eradicated but determined to overcome his pain, he yearned to be both understood and connected to something, he started to write poetry, heartfelt masterpieces that appear scattered throughout the story. Tom starts despite dyslexia going on to succeed much with his life. He wins a woodworking contest at eighteen, visits a college, and later graduate school. Wholly Tom’s journey culminates into an encouraging version of an immortal future.