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In 2027, destroying an embryo is considered first-degree murder. Fertility clinics still exist, giving hope and new life to thousands of infertile families, but they have to pass rigorous inspections by the United States Department of Embryo Preservation. Fail an inspection, and you will be prosecuted.



Brilliant young doctor Arianna Drake seems to be thriving in the spotlig
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Tor Books
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Harry
As I am thoroughly familiar with the works of Ayn Rand (philosophical and fiction-wise), as well as Peikoff's writings on Objectivism I was more than eager to read this debut from Kira Peikoff, the daughter.

Ayn Rand is a tough act to follow: Period. I consider The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged two of the best if not the best novels ever written. Not just from a specific reading pleasure perspective, but the books' life changing aspects. The books engage the mind, fully, in a way no other books
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Nora
Living Proof has an intriguing premise and could have been very good, but was dragged down by a weak story structure. In 2027, fertility clinics have to pass inspections by the US Department of Embryo Preservation; if they are missing any eggs, they can be fined or imprisoned. Trent Rowe is assigned to Arianna Drake’s case when his supervisors note a startling upsurge in her clinic’s popularity. The department is suspicious of Arianna because of her radical background; for this reason, Trent is ...more
Amy Lignor
This book of suspense cannot be classified only under that one category. In fact, while the setting of this novel is the year 2027, the author has taken serious cultural debates from our present-day society and blended them into a tale that’s not very fantastical, since we're not far off from bringing this extremely frightening story to life.

In 2027, there is a clinic in New York City operated by Dr. Arianna Drake, Dr. Gavin Ericson, and his wife Emily. This is a fertility clinic that offers the
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Shelley
I am vascillating between 1 and 2 stars. I didn't hate the book. I felt like the Author has an agenda. The writing was OK, but I never really cared for any of the characters-very shallow. The story is really about the debate between science vs. religion and specifically focuses on stem cell research and throws in the abortion issue as well. It is obvious the author is pro stem cell research and anti religion. I was disappointed that the characters represented only the far, far left and far far r ...more
Nicole
Disappointing. After reading the blurb, I thought this was going to be a fast paced medical thriller. Instead it was an entire book devoted to the debate over abotion rights and embryonic stem cell research. Religion vs. science.
Tez
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Cindy
This is not a book I would pay for. Premise is interesting – set about 15 years in the future, there is a government ban on stem cell research and a police force to back it up. However, the promise of the premise is never fulfilled. A priest who left the church for love, cliché, is now the zealous head of that police force and trying to atone for leaving the church, cliché. The plucky brave researchers, cliché, defy the ban to save one of their own from MS, ad nauseum. The only interesting point ...more
Jeff Yoak
Living Proof is one of the books I've enjoyed most in the last few years. I think the best way to understand it is as a modern and popularly consumable literary novel. It has well-constructed plot and theme. Characterization is pretty tight. Its form should be generally appealing to an American audience, and yet has a shining sense of life extremely rare to find in modern books. It is a fast-moving page-turner that makes you laugh and cry, and leaves you just a little in love with the heroine.

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Francis
Living Proof is not only a book that will keep your attention and have you staying up half the night. It's also a very important and timely book, due to the ongoing debates on embryonic stem cell research. Living Proof makes the moral case for why this research is desperately needed, and why the government and religious communities have no right to stop it. Not only that, but it also presents the other side of the debate in a fair and accurate way. It gives a picture of what our world could be, ...more
Richard Gazala
After reading "Living Proof," it's clear debut author Kira Peikoff has no fear of jumping into controversy. Peikoff's book is a well-written and compelling thriller that boldly examines some of the most contentious medical, legal and philosophical issues confronting us today. Arianna Drake, a brilliant young doctor specializing in infertility treatment, runs a clinic that attracts unwanted and potentially catastrophic scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Embryo Preservation. Trent Rowe, the DEP ...more
Dkattean
Mar 18, 2012 Dkattean rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Dr. Arianna Drake, a fertility specialist, is researching a cure for her own debilitating and progressive multiple scleroris using fetal stem cells. The year is 2027 and stem cell research is a felony. Dr. Drake's nemesis appears in the form of Gideon Dopp, Director of the Department of Embryonic Preservation and former Catholic priest. Dopp appoints junior agent Trent to pose as an admiring suitor and woo Dr. Drake into trusting him so she will spill the secrets of her lawbreaking research, ens ...more
Deborah
This story is extraordinarily engaging and compelling. It takes an issue (embryonic stem cell research & treatments) that is often the subject of theoretical political debate, and brings the issue to life with a dramatic plot that expands in detail on the dictatorial government actions that would follow in practice from a formal, legal codification of the principle that life begins at conception. The political system of the year 2027 is a kind of theocratic fascism, in which the events of th ...more
Vox
Fifteen years from now, in Kira Peikoff's vision, the United States is under siege. Religious conservatives have banned not only stem cell testing, but the destruction of all in vitro embryos. Those embryos, the conservatives believe, are human beings who deserve the opportunity to exist, whether in continued embryonic form or not. Destroying them is akin to murder.

But what if you had a debilitating, life threatening disease, such as multiple sclerosis? What if the only path by which you could b
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Chip Joyce
"Living Proof" presents a not-to-distant, and believable, world in which Christian fundamentalists have influenced government policy and created a new dark ages in science--specifically with respect to pregnancy and embryonic stem cell research. There are government agencies that subject each pregnant woman to rights-violating control in order to dictate what she does to her body, treating her like a slave because she is carrying a fetus that has more rights than she.

Fertility clinics are subjec
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Daphnar
An suspenseful book, set in the near future, where not only is abortion illegal, so is taking inadequate care of yourself/baby when you are pregnant, and let's not even get started with genetic research. In fact, our protagonist, a physician at a fertility clinic, is indeed taking "extra" genetic material and supplying it to a lab doing genetic research. But it is ok, as she has MS (an unrealistically extremely fast-acting one that puts her in a wheelchair within 3 months) and the team is helpin ...more
J
BEWARE OF SPOILERS. I DON'T HIDE OR PROMOTE MY REVIEWS.

This novel -- with fairly shallow characters and an implausible plot -- is a pro-choice screed.

By implausible plot I mean the heroine falls in love with a guy who embodies the opposite of her own beliefs. She's pro-choice, with an illness that may be arrested with stem-cell therapy. He's pro-life.

He neatly drops his religious faith as he falls in love with her. She neatly falls in love with him after he's tracked and documented her transgre
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Willard Brickey
The protagonist is a victim of multiple sclerosis. It appears that stem cell therapy could save her life.
But the year is 2027. The use of stem cells is illegal, as is any destruction of fertilized human eggs-including, of course, abortion.
This is an excellent first novel. Stylistically, the author is still finding herself. The similes range from truly original to flaccid and cliched. And she is sometimes didactic. But none of that ended up mattering-the story is intelligent in conception and exc
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Trish
Dec 31, 2011 Trish rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: won, faves
This book is amazing. I loved the plot. A doctor has a degenerative disease which can only be cured with embryonic cells. Which, by the way, is illegal to test with. Then there is the detective sent out to spy to find out if the good doctor is doing bad things, but he ends up falling in love. Then there is the scientist who is in love with the doctor also but cannot tell her because she thinks of him as her father. OMGosh. Great book, stayed up late into the night reading. Definite recommend. Th ...more
D. B.
Living Proof has an excellent premise, about a fertility doctor in a not-too-distant future dystopia in which all embryos are deemed human lives requiring preservation. She secretly harvests stem cells for research, risking first-degree murder charges for every embryo that is used. It's an ambitious piece of work tackling a hot-button issue, gussied up as a medical thriller, and I find much to admire in Peikoff's choices. Still, good choices don't necessarily lead to good results.

For instance, I
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Denise
4.0 out of 5 stars -- I love a fast-paced medical thriller with solid science and one that explores controversial subjects. In this case, the subject is embryonic stem cell research and religion.

Set in a not-too-distant future, 2027, the lines between church and state have dissolved making it a crime to destroy an embryo. A special police agency has been set up to track down and prosecute anyone in violation. The US Department of Embryo Preservation (USDEP) is vigilant and inspects all fertility
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Ginger
Mar 10, 2012 Ginger added it
Poorly written, stilted dialog. Advance publicity led me to believe that the author was "the next Ayn Rand". Not even close. Her story was less Rand than George Orwell. I could not suspend disbelief to accept that her protagonist would behave in such a reckless manner as to allow herself to become vulnerable to the advances of the "enemy." Saccharin, unbelievable and unsatisfying ending. A total waste of time. NO STARS!!!!!!!!!!
Ingrid Morris
My neighborhood book club won 12 beautiful copies of this book. In the interest of gratitude and adventure we read it. We all found it a quick and easy read, but that was the best we could say about it. The characters were flat, the narrative void of color and the plot dictated by a leftist agenda. We did enjoy an interesting and respectful interview with the author and had a great bookclub discussion.
Jessi
I had a seriously hard time believing that a woman smart and savvy enough to maintain an illegal science lab in a seriously oppressive society would fall so easily into the hands of an apathetic spy. I was so annoyed with her that I gave up reading despite a niggling interest in knowing the outcome of the story.
Sarah
This could've been so much better if it hadn't gotten so bogged down about two thirds of the way in... but it's still a decent futuristic thriller that deals with some very relevant contemporary issues.
Sue Kelso
this book totally creeped me out. It was good. But all I could think of is that this is our future if someone like Rick Santorum would ever become president.
Sonja
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Jenni
Living Proof is set a in a world where the church and the state are closer than ever. In a very religious society the progress made by 2012 in stem cell treatment has all but been forgotten; embryos cannot be used for experimentation or treatment, only their use in procreation is allowed. However even in this world there are those who remember the potential benefits of stem cell treatment, people like Arianna, a fertility doctor with a personal motive to continue the research, no matter what the ...more
George
Great novel!!

Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Set in the not too distant future (2027), it's the story of a young doctor's fight to live free -- physically free from a crippling disease, mentally free to pursue the research she loves, morally free to pursue her own self-interest -- in a corrupt environment that is coming close to killing her with government regulations that prevent important stem cell research that will save her life and the lives of countless others. It's also the sto
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Roslyn Ross
Reading a book with heros I could actually (kind of) agree with was like a breath of fresh air, so, four stars. The book is easy to read, well-plotted, well-researched, and intelligent. This is Perikoff's first book and she is only in her mid-twenties, for that, she could well deserve another star.

The conversion of Trent from Catholic to Athiest didn't work for me--didn't feel realistic. Realizing something on a rational level does not instantly change our subconscious emotional programming. It
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