Extreme Makeover: A Novel


I'm a big fan of Wells' "I am Not a Serial Killer" series, so I figured I'd pick this one up. Unlike the John Cleaver novels, Extreme Makeover is written in the third person with alternating viewpoints. It starts off with Lyle, a researcher for a cosmetics company, who invents the perfect anti-aging lotion that actually uses a retrovirus to "reset" your cells. Of course, something goes horribly wrong: people who use the lotion start turning into Lyle!

The higher-ups at the company realize that this is actually the perfect cosmetic -- want to look like Angelina Jolie? Now you can! -- but Lyle knows it can be abused. And oh boy does it get abused.

Long story short, the world ends. (Not a spoiler -- there's a countdown at the top of each chapter.) The adventure from normalcy to an extinction-level event is a thrill of a ride. The science may be dubious (my pharmaceutical biologist researcher wife says it's totally BS), but the narrative takes you on some twists and turns that are pretty awesome.

If you prefer more of a modern fiction story than the fantasy/futuristic sci-fi stuff that I normally review, then you'll enjoy this one. Two thumbs up.