- Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company; 1st Edition edition (March 1973)
- ISBN-10: 059017293X
- ISBN-13: 978-0590172936
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,004,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Children of Morrow Hardcover – March, 1973
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The other society lives in a protected subterranean human environment, Lifespan, the brainchild of Simon Morrow. Several generations of overbreeding and stagnation resulted in contamination of their yeast supply and mutations taking the form of both massive physical malformations and brilliant intelligence, including mental telepathy. Their downward turn was halted under the leadership and fanaticism of Simone Morrow who decreed that only the outstanding in intellect and body could reproduce. Each subsequent generation of intelligent telepaths has spurred their culture's technological advancement.
Tia and the younger Rabbit are misfits at the Base, children of the Morrow strain as part of a clandestine experiment in artificial insemination by a geneticist of Lifespan. Her uncanny "knowing" causes Tia to be labeled as a Witch, and results in constant harsh discipline and work. Escaping into her Dreams, sometimes with Rabbit, Tia is in contact with Varas and with Ashira The Elite, who is a direct descendant of Morrow and the leader of her people. Tia believes her dreams are fantasies although Varas has been trying to teach her for a long time. He, Ashira, and their Council endlessly debate theories about the existence of Tia's society.
The situation at the Base rises to a crisis when Rabbit, believing that Tia is about to be beaten to death, lethally mind stuns her attacker. Ashira receives these shocking images telepathically and a small group immediately sets off in a ship to find and rescue the two children. In the weeks that follow, the children are hunted by the Major's band, intent on revenge, while heading towards the promised rescue. Hoover also wrote on a similar theme in 'This Time of Darkness', about a subterranean post-apocalyptic oppressive society and its counterpart.
Tia and Rabbit are considered odd by their primitive post-apocolyptic community. They share the same dreams of a far more civilised community and wish to escape their home, where Tia is considered a blasphemous witch. Several hundred miles away, Ashira and Varas reside, their telepathic powers recieving Tia and Rabbit's thoughts and wondering where they are. After Rabbit accidently kills the head cook, they have to run. Guided by Ashira and Varas, they must make their way to the sea and safety.
HM Hoover has created a wonderfully absorbing tale, full of danger and wonder. She paints the picture of a world completely changed by ecological disaster and presents it in a believable and engaging way. The characters seize your attention and keep hold. The adults are as well drawn as the children and rouse either your sympathy or hatred. I finally found a copy of this tale and would love it to be re-released for this generation of children.