This is well written, but very grim. Not for the faint of heart.
From back cover: In the middle of the 21st century, the search for the human ideal is over. A medical breakthrough maintains the integrity of the world's gene pool. It's also made the birth of Abnormals - children born of natural pregnancy - a capital offense. To insure the faultless future of the human race, The Baby Squad is created to track down all women who defy the law, and exact punishment. Women like Natalie Ross. She's pregnant--a blessing to her, a disgrace to society--and she's afraid. One young woman has already been found murdered. And the promose of more bloodshed soon sends Natalie on the run to the underground, where a safe house awaits. Or so she thinks. For Natalie and her unborn child pose a mortal threat to those in power who desire a pure world of their own design--a world they will do anything to protect.
In the middle of the 21st century, the search for the human ideal is over. A medical breakthrough maintains the integrity of the world's gene pool. It's also made the birth of Abnormals - children born of natural pregnancy - a capital offense. To insure the faultless future of the human race, The Baby Squad is created to track down all women who defy the law, and exact punishment. Women like Natalie Ross.
Imagine a future world where genetic engineering has progressed to the point human babies can be created in a lab with all the 'bad stuff' (criminality, illness) removed and a few traits of intended 'parents' added in to foster 'family ties'. Andrew Neiderman has created such a world, set in the mid 21st-century U.S., and offers his view of what might happen to society in such a world. His novel, The Baby Squad, depicts a small town in upstate New York where most everyone is âperfect' and where those who are not, sneeringly referred to as Abnormal or Natural, are treated like second- or lower-class persons barely tolerated by the upper crust. To insure community standards people must petition the state for permission to adopt one of the perfect babies created in labs; but beyond these laws there are squads of seemingly self-appointed âguardians' called Baby Squads who make it their business to root out any suspicion of deviance. Into this mix comes Natalie Ross, wife of Preston, the lawyer who passes judgment on which couples will be allowed to petition for a baby, who finds herself pregnant--naturally. She decides to thumb her nose at society and keep her baby if possible, and that decision sets in motion a chain of events that culminates in murder and mayhem in her cozy little community. One would expect from the author of such gems as The Devil's Advocate a gripping tale of intrigue, back-stabbing, and deception...not to mention plot-twists and surprises that keep the reader guessing from beginning to end. And one would not be disappointed. There are a few glitches in some of the paperback editions of this work causing disruptions in the flow of the tale, due mainly to Neiderman's sloppiness with names. With characters named Ross, Rose, Ryan, and Robinson this kind of thing is bound to happen, I suppose but it is disconcerting to read that âEmily Rossâ is angry about something only to discover it is actually Emily Robinson he is writing about. But those glitches are quickly set aside and the overall read is tightly woven and quite engrossing.