Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Seventh Son (December 2023)

By Sebastian Faulks

December 11, 2023

A child will be born who will change everything.

When young American academic Talissa Adam offers to carry another woman’s child, she has no idea of the life-changing consequences.

Behind the doors of the Parn Institute, a billionaire entrepreneur plans to stretch the boundaries of ethics as never before.  Through a series of IVF treatments, which Parn hope to keep secret, they propose an experiment that will upend the human race as we know it.

Seth, the baby, is delivered to hopeful parents Mary and Alaric, but when his differences start to mark him out from his peers, he begins to attract unwanted attention.

The Seventh Son is a spectacular examination of what it is to be human.  It asks the question: just because you can do something, does it mean you should?  Sweeping between New York, London and the Scottish Highlands, this is an extraordinary novel about unrequited love and unearned power.

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