Crisscrossing the country and logging countless hours online, Plotz succeeded in tracking down previously unknown family members; teenage half-brothers who ended up following vastly different paths, mothers who had wondered for years about the identities of the donors they had selected on the basis of code names and brief character profiles, fathers who were proud or ashamed or simply curious about the children who had been created from their sperm samples.
The children of the "genius factory" are messengers from the future, a future that is bearing down on us fast. What will families be like when parents routinely "shop" for their kids' genes? What will children be like when they're programmed for greatness? In this stunning, eye-opening book, one of our finest young journalists previews America's coming age of genetic expectations.
"...Plotz's take on the role of genes now - in our imaginations and in fact, so far as we can determine that - is human and funny, which are fine traits for any argument, or any book." (The New York Times Book Review)