This book gets half a star because that's the lowest rating the system would allow. All the males have themselves altered to be hermaphrodites? A 12 year old girls being raped by her parents? wtf? I have no problem with graphic imagery but holy $H!T.
I couldn't get into this book. I got about 50 pages into it & was put off by the graphic sexual content. I'm not a prude, but the stuff described in this book was just a bit too strange for my tastes. The writing style wasn't very good either.
From a grossly overpopulated Earth in 2239 A.D., an exploratory colonization mission to Alpha Centauri finds Mies Cochrane carrying an autovirus inside him that, after sexual intercourse, halts conception?the perfect birth control. The explorers discover the remains of an ancient civilization and a way to see what caused their extinction through the eyes of the last, long-dead inhabitant. The authors (Iris, LJ 2/15/90) make a strong statement about overpopulation, solutions to it, and humanity's purpose for existing. This thought-provoking book, a mix of sexually explicit passages and scientific exposition, is recommended for adult sf collections.