Upgrade

A Novel

Hardcover, 352 pages

English language

Published July 11, 2022 by Ballantine Books.

ISBN:
978-0-593-15753-4
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4 stars (73 reviews)

“You are the next step in human evolution.”

At first, Logan Ramsay isn’t sure if anything’s different. He just feels a little . . . sharper. Better able to concentrate. Better at multitasking. Reading a bit faster, memorizing better, needing less sleep.

But before long, he can’t deny it: Something’s happening to his brain. To his body. He’s starting to see the world, and those around him—even those he loves most—in whole new ways.

The truth is, Logan’s genome has been hacked. And there’s a reason he’s been targeted for this upgrade. A reason that goes back decades to the darkest part of his past, and a horrific family legacy.

Worse still, what’s happening to him is just the first step in a much larger plan, one that will inflict the same changes on humanity at large—at a terrifying cost.

Because of his new abilities, Logan’s the one person in …

6 editions

An easy read

3 stars

Not his best work yet. Recursion, which got me hooked on the author and made me read Dark Matter, has a sort of elegance that both Dark Matter and Upgrade lacks. It's a fun, intense and easy read on an interesting topic for sure - just not as refined as Recursion.

Review of 'Upgrade' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

We don't have an intelligence problem. We have a compassion problem.

I wanted a straight forward easy read that was entertaining and Upgrade delivered. The writing was easy to follow and I could manage with only reading a chapter in a day or settle in for longer reading sessions without problems.

The pacing of the story was quick and I didn't find the pseudoscience to be overly heavy either. There was a nice bit of emotion and in the end the story delivered an interesting observation about the lack of compassion in society.

OK

3 stars

Upgrade is not his previous two books I recently read, Recursion, or Dark Matter. Upgrade seemed to me uninspired. It felt to me like he needed to write another book, so came up with this story, rather than the other way around, where he had a story he wanted to tell, and so wrote a book. It was OK to read though.

upgrade

2 stars

On one hand, I ripped through this book in literally less than 24 hours. (Guessing it was 5 or so hours of reading.) On the other, this is a deeply flawed book in so many ways.

If I were rating this on sheer readability, and my own compulsion to finish the novel, it'd be 5 stars. If I were rating it on concept and impressiveness of its ideas, it might get 0.5.

Just, please remind me to never, EVER, write a story where the premise is the character is smarter than everyone else. I just think, it's likely that it's an impossible task. Because, as an author, you have to think of every possibility that your readers might think of, and (somehow!?) believe that your ideas, the ones you write your supergenius having, are going to be believably smarter than all of them. There's just so much arrogance there. So …

Review of 'Upgrade' on 'Goodreads'

No rating

Oof. I enjoyed Recursion and Dark Matter, so I was surprised that I found the prose immediately alienating. After the (very early) precipitating event of the novel, I saw where it was going and found it especially frustrating for the protagonist to “realize” what was happening in a way that felt needlessly drawn out. I don’t think this is a book I’ll try to pick up again.

Review of 'Upgrade' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Like with other Blake Crouch books, I find some of the character decisions a bit off (decisions don't feel like they fit to me), and fixed so the plot can progress. I find his characters relationships with each other to be wanting.

The ideas are really fun though, and like his other books they are really easy and enjoyable to get through.

I recommend this though, it's like a half Flowers for Algernon

Review of 'Upgrade' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Rounding down to 2 stars. The middle of the book especially showed some promise but I think it gets a title too caught up in its own comic-book-ish plot. There’s too much action with too little meaning, and the “climax” was the least interesting part of the entire book. I like the message of the ending, but honestly I was disappointed by the e tire last third of the book. I don’t feel like this book explored the ideas it presents as interestingly or as thoroughly as Crouch’s previous books did the ideas they centered around. It’s just… a bit of a flop.

Mitunter ein wenig albern

3 stars

Blake Crouch schrieb mit Dark Matter und Recursion zwei sensationelle Science Fiction-Thriller, in deren drittem Akt alles derart durch die Decke geht, dass mir als Leser regelrecht die Luft wegblieb. Das Genre auf 11 gedreht, gewissermaßen.

Upgrade fand ich im Vergleich ein wenig zahm. Es ist eine Übermenschen-Geschichte, in der jemand durch Gentechnik-Mumbo Jumbo unfreiwillig zu einem solchen wird und dann gegen finstere Mächte kämpft, die wollen, dass viele andere auch so werden.

Zur vollständigen Rezension: wolfwitte.blog/2022/07/19/blake-crouch-upgrade/

Very good, but not his best work

3 stars

What began as a story similar to others that I have read quickly transformed into an interesting read. As usual, Crouch's timing and pacing is great, as is the character development. I would have liked it to have been a little longer.

Overall, I prefer some of Crouch's other works.

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Subjects

  • Science Fiction
  • Fiction
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
  • Dystopia