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Everfree by [Sagan, Nick]
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From Publishers Weekly

Though Sagan's latest future thriller is supposed to complete a trilogy that began with Idlewild and Edenborn, it's stuffed with ideas that veer off into fascinating but underdeveloped tangents. The genetically altered young Post Humans of Sagan's first books have gone through their bloody personal crises and now have settled down to revive the people who had themselves frozen to escape a deadly universal plague. Since the ones who could afford cryogenic sleep were the most "successful," they tend to be insanely competitive, unwilling to be guided by their saviors. And so factions begin plotting to take control of the new utopia and to revive private armies for rival communities. The book ricochets through its complicated plot in short, snappy chapters, most of them dictated by Hal, the Post Humans' chief of security. Hal's an agreeably cynical observer, and his lively sections summarize the action well. However, so much is going on and flying off in so many directions, that the book finally reads like a tantalizing summary of a really interesting novel. (May)
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In light of the complexity and originality of Idlewild (2003) and Edenborn (2004), the conclusion to their story rather disappoints. The Black Ep plague has wiped out humanity, except for the cryopreserved. The posthumans--the few genetically engineered to survive the plague--have begun to revive the cryopreserved in the U.S., frozen for 42 years, only to discover that since they had been the wealthy and the powerful before the plague, most of them want to resume control. The president expects to lead, of course, but has a rival, and both would-be top dogs use fear to control their followers. When U.S. society seems to be imploding, the posthumans go to Europe and China to revive humans there. Unfortunately, Sagan has let inconsistencies and facile solutions into the story and reduced some characters into caricatures. On the other hand, Halloween, the principal protagonist throughout, wrestles with his internal demons, thereby becoming an even more convincing character. A finale that resembles a weak middle volume more than a stirring conclusion. Sally Estes
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  • File Size: 984 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (June 3, 2008)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CHODF8
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By JC on September 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My copy is a little tattered because I took it with me everywhere, hoping I'd get a chance to read just one more chapter between the things I had to do during the day. I had a blast reading it -- it really puts you in the post-plague, post-cure world where communities should be happy but instead, they head straight toward war. Suspense, characterization, great voice, a riveting story -- it's all there. I especially felt a deeper bond with Halloween and surprisingly, Isaac and Sloane.

I loved the stories of the plague survivors -- like the guy who's wife sacrificed herself to save him from the plague and now he desperately needs to find out what happened to her. Or the chauffeur who impersonated his boss to save himself. Or the folks who believe Hal and his pals are angels fulfilling a biblical prophesy. I also loved the sprinkling of historical and cultural references made by the narrators. It really gave me the sense that the post-human creators did everything they could to instill the importance of history and continuity and a sense of loss for civilization.

I just finished the book and it feels like a good friend just moved out of town. I want another Halloween/post-human story.

If you're wondering whether to read Everfree, do it -- it's a great ride. If you're wondering whether to start the series, run and buy Idlewild. You're in for a treat.
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Format: Hardcover
Looking back in my mental trivia file, I'm struck by how prophetic Nick Sagan's first claim to fame turned out to be. No, I don't mean his being the son of the last century's most likeable astronomer, the late Carl Sagan. It's young Nick's voice saying, "Hello from the children of planet Earth" on a recording that is still traveling in distant space on NASA's Voyager 1.

Those simple, welcoming words connect so powerfully with Sagan's recent emergence from the often thankless role of a Hollywood script and screen writer to become one of the most exciting new voices in science fiction.

That's because in EVERFREE --- the latest in his "post humans" series, following IDLEWILD (2003) and EDENBORN (2004) --- the theme continues to be about children maturing in a vastly changed world, facing a future riddled with social, psychological and genetic booby traps.

Set on an Earth still barely recognizable after a devastating pandemic called Black Ep, the bioengineered super-children of EDENBORN have taken their place among the fragile remains of human society as cautious and often unwilling leaders who seek to avoid the administrative mistakes, power-games and excesses of conventional government.

They know better than to revisit the old utopian schemes of humanity's past, but the idea of Darwinian struggle and anarchy is equally repulsive. So as good kids must do, they work out a precarious compromise based partly on the original model of the commonwealth. Star Trek's Mr. Spock would be impressed at how closely the post-human pattern for life follows the Vulcan path of dynamic balance.
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By A Customer on May 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Black Ep pandemic epidemic (see IDLEWILD and EDENBORN) has left few humans still alive. No part of the earth was safe from the ravages of the disease. At the same time in Victory City the few Posthuman survivors argue about the future with most wanting to adhere to the Doctrine of working as a collective to survive while the recently unfrozen prefer a return to the class power system for instance what else can a de-iced senator from Texas do but use authority even as far away as the Green Mountains of Vermont. As the debate rages over how to promulgate the species and organize society, a mutation strain of Black Ep causes new havoc.

Finally science saves Homo sapiens from becoming extinct with the creation of a new organ that dramatically increases the immune system so that it can fight off the Black Ep and its various strains. However those still alive realize that the synthetic organ that wards off Black Ep is also a communication device that enables aliens to communicate with earthlings; aliens who brought Black Ep to the planet. Mankind has apparently past a morbid test, but the price still shakes those breathing; some want nothing to do with this ET superior; others want vengeance; while the remainder believes it is hopeless to do anything but continue to endure.

In his third futuristic thriller Nick Sagan has written a compelling work that will appeal to fans of speculative fiction and apocalyptic thrillers though this time society is breaking into factions over the way to remake the future. Readers will admire those trying to live as they refuse to allow humanity to become extinct even when the odds are overwhelmingly against them and they disagree on what kind of society to have. Speculative fiction and apocalyptic thriller fans will enjoy the final fight of the fittest for survival of the species.

Harriet Klausner
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By Jur on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In an excellent continuation of his first two books, Nick takes you through to the final phase of the battle for survival of the human race. The prespective of the narrative is somewhat different from the previous books and the challenges encountered by the heros of the previous books highlight the good and bad sides of human nature. Building a new society practically from scratch can be a source of an infinite number of different angles; Nick choses his own and keeps the story "human" with day-to-day issues as well as big-picture thinking. If you enjoyed the first two books, do read this one but don't just expect "more of the same"; keep an open mind and let the author guide you through his new world... enjoy!
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