Thursday, 11 August 2016
Defragmenting Daniel: the Organ Scrubber by Jason Werbeloff
The Organ Scrubber is science fiction, but for how long. We have organ transplants, artificial implants and 3D printing technology is advancing in leaps and bounds. How long can it be until we are facing some of the issues explored in this novel. Already, there are sensational news stories of needed organs being bought from poor people in developing countries.
Daniel is an orphan and his job involves cleaning organs to prepare them for transplant. He must survive with faulty artificial implants while wealthy citizens buy his young and healthy body parts. I was captivated by Daniel's fate. Through no fault of his own, his body is being sliced and diced for some one elses benefit. No child should be treated that way. I needed to find out how he was going to deal with this unfair practise. In a world with such advancements in medical science, how could they be so far behind in social welfare. In fact, as their science improved, their morality seemed to fall into the basement.
This is not a story for the squeamish or the faint of heart. Author Jason Werbeloff didn't hold anything back when describing Daniel's and others actions. While I would have preferred not to have read one particular passage, it had to be included to show how morally bankrupt the wealthy and privileged had become. Fortunately, all is not doom and gloom as Daniel does meet several characters who go far towards humanity's redemption.
Reading The Organ Scrubber is like watching a movie with your hands over your face. You watch through the slits between fingers hoping it will filter out the horror but not being able to stop watching.
I received a complimentary advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Cover image courtesy author Jason Werbeloff.