Greg Bears Nebula Awardwinning novel, Darwins Radio, painted a chilling portrait of humankind on the threshold of a radical leap in evolutionone that would alter our species forever. Now Bear continues his provocative tale of the human race confronted by an uncertain future, where "survival of the fittest" takes on astonishing and controversial new dimensions.
Eleven years have passed since SHEVA, an ancient retrovirus, was discovered in human DNAa retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence . . . and face a world that is outraged about their very existence. For these special youths, possessed of remarkable, advanced traits that mark a major turning point in human development, are also ticking time bombs harboring hosts of viruses that could exterminate the "old" human race.
Fear and hatred of the virus children have made them a persecuted underclass, quarantined by the government in special "schools," targeted by federally sanctioned bounty hunters, and demonized by hysterical segments of the population. But pockets of resistance have sprung up among those opposed to treating the children like dangerous diseasesand who fear the worst if the governments draconian measures are carried to their extreme.
Scientists Kaye Lang and Mitch Rafelson are part of this small but determined minority. Once at the forefront of the discovery and study of the SHEVA outbreak, they now live as virtual exiles in the Virginia suburbs with their daughter, Stellaa bright, inquisitive virus child who is quickly maturing, straining to break free of the protective world her parents have built around her, and eager to seek out others of her kind.
But for all their precautions, Kaye, Mitch, and Stella have not slipped below the governments radar. The agencies fanatically devoted to segregating and controlling the new-breed children monitor their every movewatching and waiting for the opportunity to strike the next blow in their escalating war to preserve "humankind" at any cost.
The Washington Post - Martin Morse Wooster
Readers who prefer their fiction dark and strong might like Greg Bear's Darwin's Children. Bear is best known for high-concept hard sf novels such as The Forge of God. But in this sequel to Darwin's Radio, he has combined sf and the medical thriller.
In this masterful sequel .... Bear takes us into a near future ....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.
Booklist - Regina Schroeder
Genetics and evolution are fascinating subjects for speculation, especially in Bear's capable hands....Bear handles the interaction between science and plot with practiced aplomb.
Scary and technically plausible though demanding work, even if the good guys’ resurgence depends more on coincidence than logic.
Bear's sequel to Darwin's Radio combines the hard science of evolution with tough moral issues about the survival of species. Believable characters and riveting storytelling make this a priority purchase for sf collections.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
This author continues to be unrealistic in his science and his fiction. Nothing rings true.
Rated of 5
THIS BOOK WAS JUST AS GOOD AS HIS FIRST ONE I READ DARWINS RADIO.I REALLY LIKE HIS WRITING STLYE HE MAKES YOU FEEL THE BOOK AND MISS IT WHEN YOU FINISH READING IT.
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