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Quality DNA

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  17 reviews
He will do anything to make the perfect human.

She will do anything to uncover the truth.

In 2059, every person’s DNA is recorded in the Genome Database. Even though Annette’s perfect baby girl was the product of a one night stand, she knows the database will give her the name of the sexy stranger who fathered her child. Instead, her baby’s DNA matches that of a man she’s ne
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Published October 10th 2017 by Beth Martin Books
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May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of Quality DNA through BookSirens in exchange for an honest review.

Quality DNA tells the story of a future in which a strict one child policy is enforced in the US. Both parents are sterilised following the birth of their child, and don't have another opportunity to have a child. When cases of men fathering more than one child become more common, Irene investigates the cause of this unusual trend.

This was a really interesting idea. China has had a one child policy (and a t
Lel Budge
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quality DNA by Beth Martin is set in distant future, but not too distant and there is the now a one child policy all over the US.

Irene Crow, who works for the social department, is responsible for investigating when two babies have been born to one parent.

As DNA is taken from each child at birth and registered centrally, there is no bypassing law. As soon as a baby is born alive, both parents are sterilised to ensure that the law is upheld. How abhorrent, even the thought of this angered me, w
Stewart Hoffman
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read and a mostly entertaining exploration of our possibly overpopulated future, and the regulatory setup to control birthrates. Some elements in the story didn’t feel well researched (like how doctors talk to their patients) and other plot details strained credulity. The pace was good and it was the right length—spending just the right amount of words to properly build its world without boring the reader with unnecessary detail. Despite its problems, I never once thought ...more
Jamie Jack
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A Softer Side of Sci Fi...Yet Thrilling...Futuristic Without Being Wholly Dystopian

I found this book to be an amazing read!

The book takes place in the year 2059 in Seattle. It is a world we would recognize, just with cooler gadgets, nicer apps (like one that lets a pregnant mom hear her baby's heartbeat and get other readings). But there is one key difference: In 2059, due to global warming, the US government legislated that each person may only have one child, even if a child dies. Unlike some
Michele Benchouk
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in the near future, America's answer to climate change is to impose a strict one-child policy. Sterilization is mandatory, for men and women, after the birth of their first child.

Annette becomes pregnant after a one-night stand with a sexy stranger. Everyone's DNA is listed in the Genome Database. It gives Annette the name of a man who she never met, who died several years previously (frozen sperm does not last for several years). Irene is an investigator with the Seattle Social Department.
Randi Robinson
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is set in the near future (2059). There are lots of technological advances but there is a downside. Due to global warming, the country is severely overpopulated so reproduction is strictly limited to one child. After a man fathers one child or a woman births one child they must be sterilized and it cannot be reversed even if the child dies or they remarry. Unmarried women have an implant to prevent pregnancy until they are married. Irene works in the Social Department where every perso ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Quality DNA is a quick and easy read.

The setting is 50 years in the future, and there is a one child only law for every man and woman. Irene Crow is a social worker for the state, assigned to deal with men who seem to have fathered more than one child. Irene comes across an underground group AQD which is rumored to be trying to undermine the data base which helps to investigate presumed violation of the one child law. There are a lot of scary things going on and Crow is in danger for much of th
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In a world where every child's DNA is registered at birth, what happens when an infant conceived on a one-night stand is found to match a father who's been dead for seven years?

I had stuff to do today, and that stuff did not get done because this morning I decided to start this book with my coffee. I was a little unsteady at first with the worldbuilding and how all the characters were related to each other, but after a few chapters I was fully into it, could not put it down and LOVING it! The sc
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I could not get into the book for the first 10 or more chapters and seriously considered DNFing it several times. The story was just so dry and dragged on until it didn’t. All of a sudden it picked up and everything happened at once. I did enjoy the second half of the book, I just wish the first half offered us a little more. I also wish that we got a bit more from the story in the end, like what really happened to AQD, why the FBI was so sketchy, Irene and Jamie’s relationship, etc. Overall, I ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Book Sirens for the free digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

A fast paced book set 50 years in the future. Quality DNA kept my attention from start to finish. It's scary to think that anything like this could happen in the near future. Only thing that kept it from a 5 star rating was the very end. Not a bad ending, just thought it could have been better.
Melisa Lewis
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I listened to this on audible. The story follows a detective caught up in an FBI investigation. In this world, couples can only have one child, and there are measures taken to be sure. Irene, our main character, discovers babies who share DNA with deceased or sterilized men. It leads her to chase a dangerous man who infiltrates Irene and her wife's life in ways that forever change their relationship. Thrilling and thought-provoking, I really enjoyed this sci-fi adventure. ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is a futuristic sci-fi novel that focuses on genetics. Irene works for the Social Department, tracking the mandatory one-child-only law. When she discovers that the genetics of some newborns indicate their fathers have been dead for many years, she begins a dangerous investigation. The story’s premise is a good one, but the writing is confusing and not strong enough to carry the story. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An uncomfortably familiar dystopia in which an overpopulated world forces its members to become sterile after having a baby. Quality DNA feels but a blink away from own world. Characters who are fully invested in the world kept me turning the pages! Check it out.
Laurie Hayes
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twists and Turns

Wow!! This book was really good 👍. Have a new outlook on DNA and how it can be used. This book took a turn that I could not predict towards the end
Anna Kopp
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great diversity, very real characters, and a suspenseful plot make this book a great read. An enjoyable book from start to finish.
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Quality DNA by Beth Martin is a dystopic novel set in the near-future of 2059, in which to mitigate the crisis of global warming, the government institutes population control by limiting all people to having one child in their lifetime by enforcing oppressive methods of birth control through mandatory implants and permanent sterilization after a person sires a child. In addition to enforcing population control, the US government keeps a Genome Database containing the genetic information of every ...more
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Beth Martin has her degree in mathematics and enjoys all things numbers. She's always up for a board game. Other hobbies include playing the piano and making quilts. Although she's terrible at video games, she loves watching her husband play.

Most of her time is spent chasing her two adorable children. She also has two fluffy cats.

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