Soft Inheritance by C.E. O’Grady Review

Soft Inheritance Book Cover Soft Inheritance
C.E. O'Grady
Science Fiction
July 29, 2016

Dr. Chamberlain Shay has inherited his ancestors' memories. Two thousand years of shipwrecks, brothels, Irish slavery, romance, and gore are crammed into the spirals of his DNA. The memories bring Chamberlain notoriety as a historian and fame as an author, but they are destroying his mind. Chamberlain's ability to distinguish his own life from the tangle of his relatives' is growing weak.

Embarking on a synapses-bending ride through the harrowing history of his family, Chamberlain searches desperately for the cause of his mother's death and struggles with the tug of a love he desperately needs but must deny.

Soft Inheritance, C.E. O'Grady's debut novel, is a taut tale of compelling twists, deftly blending enlightening historical backdrops piqued with unforgettable characters. She landmarks her place in the literary world, presenting a touching, funny, and surprising thrill ride into the history and heart of a doomed man.

I was really excited to read this book when I first heard about it. The idea behind soft inheritance has always intrigued me. It ended up being very original, and very thrilling to read. The book is about this Professor,(Chamberland Shay) and his families acquiring Jean-Baptiste Lamarck theory of soft inheritance, which is acquired characteristics inherited, in this case, each generation could relive the memories of the ancestors before them eventually causing them to lose track of all reality.

One problem that I had with it, was that it started off very slow. As the book went on, the better it became, and the harder it was to put down. The ending to Soft Inheritance was kind of abrupt, but that is one of the things that I love in my books! I really liked the details and personalities that C.E. O’Grady gave her characters. She made it very easy to connect to them and love them. There were a few parts of the book that made that made me cry. Overall I loved this book, and thought is was a fantastic read. I would have to give it a 5/5 star rating for how good it was. I would definitely go back and reread it.


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