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Darwin's Children, Greg Bear's follow-up to Darwin's Radio, is top-shelf science fiction, thrilling and intellectually charged. It's no standalone, though. The plot and characters are certainly independent of the previous novel, but the background in Darwin's Radio is essential to nonbiologists trying to understand what's going on. The next stage of human evolution has arrived, announced by the birth of bizarre "virus children." Now the children with the hypersenses and odd faces are growing up, and the world has to figure out what to do with them. The answer is evil and all too human, as governments put the kids in camps to protect regular folks from imagined dangers. Mitch and Kaye, scientists whose daughter Stella is swept up in the fray, become unwillingly involved in the politics that erupt around the issue of the new humans. Harrowing chases, gun battles, epidemics, and tense meetings about civil rights ensue, all brilliantly narrated. But just when you think you've got the book figured out, Bear throws a massive curveball by introducing... religion. That's right, a good old-fashioned epiphany, plopped down in the middle of a hard science fiction novel. But even skeptical readers will be swept along with Kaye as she tries to deal with what's happening to her and how it relates to the fate of her daughter's species. Keep reading past the words that make you uncomfortable--the hot science, the cool spirituality--and you'll be rewarded with a story of complete and moving humanity. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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I've always enjoyed Greg Bear novels in the past, but this series just doesn't quite hit on all cylinders. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott Brantley
I am a fan of Greg Bear and bought this after reading Darwin's Radio.Published 4 months ago by William Wilder
Really enjoyed the book. It reads a bit as mix between a science fiction novel and a Scientific American article. I really liked the biological concepts explored in the book.Published 11 months ago by Pieter Blonk
As interesting on the re-read as it was the first time I read it some years back. I has read Darwin's children after reading Darwin's Radio several years ago. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Annie M.
Like Darwin's Radio,thi second book is a page turner.The scientific research that the author did is very,very deep.I hope that there are more books in this series!Published 16 months ago by john c. sweeney
the book assumes a mistaken idea of evolution, being the idea that only the strongest survives and that it's an upward progression (toward greater intelligence, for example). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gino Lee
"Darwin's Children" by Greg Bear is the sequel to "Darwin's Radio" by the same author. (My review of "Darwin's Radio" should be right under this review. Read morePublished 20 months ago by R. P. Cotta Jr.