Interesting concepts about human genetics and evolution, and our attitudes about them. Presented as interestingly as a government memo. Dull and lifeless writing from beginning to end. I never cared about any of the characters, even the children, for which I feel guilty. Starts flat, and then finally fizzles out altogether.
In this masterful sequel to his Nebula Award-winning Darwin's Radio, Bear takes us into a near future forever changed by the birth of millions of genetically enhanced babies to mothers infected with the SHEVA virus. These children may represent the next great evolutionary leap, but some fear their appearance rings a death knell for traditional humanity. Geneticist Kaye Lang, archeologist Mitch Rafelson and their daughter, Stella Nova, have been hiding from an increasingly repressive U.S. government that wants to put the so-called "virus children" in what are essentially concentration camps. Eventually, the family is captured, and when Mitch resists he's arrested on a trumped-up charge of assaulting a federal officer. In later years, Kaye returns to genetics and Mitch, once he's out of jail, to archeology, but neither gives up hope of finding and freeing their daughter. Meanwhile, Stella, imprisoned but surrounded by her own kind, begins to explore the full significance of what it means to be post-human. Though cast in a thriller mode, like much of Bear's recent work, this novel may contain too much complex discussion of evolutionary genetics to appeal to Michael Crichton or Robin Cook fans. Nonetheless, Bear's sure sense of character, his fluid prose style and the fascinating culture his "Shevite" children begin to develop all make for serious SF of the highest order.
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Awesome, kinda frightening in a realistic sense...
Sequel to Darwin's Radio. 11 years after the leap of evolution where a new breed of children have been born.
Not as good as Darwin's Radio, however a good read
It's ok, the writing can get a bit confusing.
The next stage in evolution is certainly worth reading about. Great book.
This is the second Greg Bear book I have read... It is fantastic as is the first in the series "Darwin's Radio" also very good book keeps your attention and turning pages throughout... Excellent read I highly recommend.
Well...I liked the whole premise - what if evolution could happen in giant leaps? It's nice to have a follow-up to Darwin's Radio as you do wonder what happens to Stella, Kaye and Mitch. But this book is really, really slow. Bear has about five different POVs going in this story and the only one that isn't deadly dull is Stella's. It has to be hard to interject a lot of technical detail about viruses and make it interesting, and Bear doesn't manage it. And what was with that God thing near the end? Unnecessary plot complication.
I did not really enjoy the premis