Book Reviews of Coalescent (Destiny's Children, Bk 1)

Coalescent (Destiny's Children, Bk 1)
Coalescent - Destiny's Children, Bk 1
Author: Stephen Baxter
ISBN-13: 9780345457868
ISBN-10: 0345457862
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 544
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Coalescent (Destiny's Children, Bk 1) on + 48 more book reviews
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Stephen Baxter is a talented writer whose writing covers many differents areas of what we'd call "science or speculative" fiction. This particular book combines aspects of what I consider social science fiction with a bit of mystery. The protagonist discovers that his family has a centuries old tie with an organization and this connection is involved with his sister leaving the family at a very early age to live in a mysterious "order" or school. His research leads him to discover a group of people who, after co-existing side by side but separately from those of us in the known world, have come to belong to a variant of the human species.

This variant follows various patterns found within nature and does have a certain potentially superior survival mechanism. It is my impression that the book implies that this human variation is possibly a natural evolution of the human state - further, that it is likely that other intelligent species also could have a tendency to evolve in this manner.

For those of us who deeply enjoy Baxter's hard science fiction, this book may come as somewhat of a disappointment. I believe there is/are even (a) sequel(ae) to the book, but as the book left me a bit cold, I have not bothered to even impress the facts upon my consciousness, so I cannot truthful claim whether the concept has been extended by Baxter or not.
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Very very interesting read...along the lines of a "james rollins" or Custler crossed with wilbur Smith. Baxter writes a lot of Sci-Fi, but this is a nice change.
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A family secret with a twin sister raised in a cult. They live beneath the streets of Rome and are genetically superior.