“In my role as a bank analyst, I often see managers using the wrong scorecard to judge their own performance. The book Being Mortal by Harvard surgeon and New Yorker staff writer Atul Gawande tells us that we are using the wrong scorecard when it comes to choosing the best care for our sickest and oldest—longevity vs. quality of life. This error impacts decisions regarding society, our families, and ourselves, especially as more of us are responsible for aging parents. I took the book off my physician wife’s nightstand, but it reads like a gripping novel, especially when Gawande’s views get put to the ultimate test when he is forced to deal with serious illness in his own family.”
In an alternate version of today’s Earth, everyone is invincible. Since the beginning, people have been able to heal so fast that nobody can be hurt or killed. The normal lifespan ranges hundreds of years. Despite all that, Ava Holland is afraid of death. When the unthinkable happens, her only ally is the boy she should fear the most. Michael Bradley is the strongest, fastest healer anyone’s ever seen. But Michael has secrets too. Together, they run from a society that rejects them. Michael seeks redemption and Ava seeks safety, but when the truth is revealed, it’s up to Ava to save them both.