ALTERATIONS TRILOGY: Alterations, Game Changer, Primal Will by Jane Suen – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

ALTERATIONS TRILOGY: Alterations, Game Changer, Primal WillALTERATIONS TRILOGY: Alterations, Game Changer, Primal Will by Jane Suen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Alterations Trilogy by Jane Suen tells the story of a scientist, the so-called “Dr” Kite, who has developed a series of microchips that can alter people’s bodies and minds. The trilogy focuses primarily on three women – Gigi, Ellen and Lilly. Each of them has something about themselves that they would like to change, and Dr Kite offers this change. Like most wish-granting stories, though, there is a cost and each woman must face the consequences of her decision.
It’s a fascinating story, and very thought-provoking. It got me wondering about what I would most want to change about myself, and how far I’d go to achieve that. It also made me think about the things we value, particularly with regards to physical beauty, and the shortcuts people are encouraged to take to achieve these often unrealistic ideals.
The narrative jumps between several different characters. Character changes are heralded with new chapters, but sometimes the chapters can be quite short. I found it mostly easy to follow, and the character changes kept me in suspense as the different stories unfolded.
At times, I felt the pacing wasn’t great. The second book in particular seemed to primarily be spent building up to the third book – no bad thing when reading the trilogy as a set but not great if you’re trying to read the books separately. I would recommend reading all three together, as it allows the story to develop.
For me, this is a four-star read. Really interesting concept, and I found myself warming to the characters (particularly Ellen, as the story progressed!). I’d recommend this to anyone who is concerned about drastic weight-loss and anti-ageing solutions!

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