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The weakest of the three books (and the strangest),
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This review is from: Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax) (Mass Market Paperback)
I read the first of the series and really enjoyed it, so I bought the other two here and continued reading them. A certain political slant was discernible even in the first book, but there it was a little more subtle and you could still enjoy what was a very interesting story. As I rolled through the second and third books the political slant was more and more "hit you over the head with it, just in case you were too dumb to notice it earlier". I still enjoyed the story with the second book and moved onto the third where it actually started becoming ridiculous to the point where it actually started detracting from the story. Oh yes, the story. In the third book, you keep waiting for them to get back to the story as where it initially seems to be doing is diverted into these weird meaningless tangents. The main human character Mary, is eventually turned into a ridiculous caricature. I'm not sure if it was Sawyers intent (and let me say up front that I have ready many of his books and thoroughly enjoyed them) to make this character unlikable, but that is exactly that happens. Some of the stuff that she comes up with is so out of left field...like seriously considering creating a genetic disease that would only kill men, since they are the cause of all the evil in the world. (she actually seriously considers doing this). By the end of the book, the constant male, American (and I am a Canadian), free market bashing made it harder and harder to take the story seriously. At one point you are treated to a Mary's realization that not all men are evil, and she lists a few including Pierre Trudeau, Ralph Nader, and Phil Donahue. (seriously...Phil Donahue???...what, Michael Moore wasnt available?). It just became silly and the plot so out there. I finished the book because I wanted to see if it ever got back on track, and it never really did. Right up to the end the characters got more and more bizarrely distorted that I was happy to see the end of the book getting closer and closer. I liked this series, but Hybrids REALLY didnt deliver. Mary is the biggest victim in this series. She starts it as a reasonably sympathetic character, and ends it as a unsympathetic almost unlikable caricature, and her opponents are reduced to one dimensional villans worthy of a Captain Planet cartoon.