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Darwin's Children por Greg Bear
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Darwin's Children (original 2002; edição 2004)

por Greg Bear

Séries: Darwin Series (2)

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A continuation of the author's chilling portrait of humankind on the threshold of a radical leap in evolution--one that would alter our species forever. The human race is 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 DNA--a 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 diseases--and who fear the worst if the government's 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, Stella--a 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 government's radar. The agencies fanatically devoted to segregating and controlling the new-breed children monitor their every move--watching and waiting for the opportunity to strike the next blow in their escalating war to preserve "humankind" at any cost.… (mais)
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Título:Darwin's Children
Autores:Greg Bear
Informação:HarperCollins (2004), Paperback
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Etiquetas:novel, fiction, science fiction, biology, evolution, techno-thriller

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Darwin's Children por Greg Bear (2002)

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As a sequel, I wanted the novel to be everything that Darwin's Radio was: horrifying and hopeful, amazing speculation and memorable characters. What I did get was a pretty cool adventure with a whole new race of humanity trying to adjust with the old species, and the ideas and development were quite good. This one felt more like a regular sci-fi, and unfortunately, it felt like a long epilogue.

Taken on it's own, the novel holds up and is fascinating and very enjoyable, memorable characters and a difficult adjustment. As a follow-up to a very high-class novel, I don't think it quite made it. I still enjoyed it, but I had a problem because my expectations where so high. This is a reader problem, not a novel problem. I suppose I wanted to see the novel go in other directions than it went, or try to one-up the pervading horror that was such a palpable mess in the previous novel.

That's neither here nor there. What I do remember was a solid novel that deserves a great rating, even if it doesn't quite match with the one it follows. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
This is actually more a second volume to a story than it is a sequel. The characters from the first book continue through the years. There is some great medical science fiction with a strong touch of mystical happening as well. In my opinion, understanding the theory is not necessary for enjoying the story, so don't get bogged down with that. Don't miss the section at the end called "Caveats" where Bear explains himself a bit. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
This book is broken into 3 parts, separated by a few years each. In addition, each part follows at least 3 separate story lines. I felt the first part was fairly interesting,if mainly in the segments which follow the family of Mitch, Kaye, and Stella. I really hate political maneuvering, so that wiped out a great deal of the story for the last 2 parts. Then I felt that Bear was spending a lot of time delving into the interrelationships between viruses and humans, and how this affected the changes the children underwent. He does include a brief tutorial at the end, and a glossary of science terms, as if that will help the reader feel his speculations have some validity. Not knowing what DNA, RNA, or genetic transfer is about was not my problem. I was dissatisfied with his use of so many created theories. At one point one of his characters, Marge Cross, says "Let's not confuse our ERV with someone else's ERV," rattling off a lot of the scientific terms which can be used so glibly but need to be clearly understood in order to make sense.
Thumbs down, I'm giving this away. ( )
  juniperSun | Jun 9, 2016 |
::spoilers:: I felt this book an unsatisfying follow-up to the first book, Darwin's Radio. I enjoy his narrative technique of jumping between character/location for each successive chapter -- it leaves the reader guessing and waiting for that moment when the 3 subplots will intersect (Kaye, Mitch, and Dicken). The first book satisfies that anticipation, while Darwin's Children strangely leaves one plot thread hanging and unconnected (what does ever happen to Dicken and the Shevite he rescues?). Will's inability to adapt to the camp in California is peculiar, since he was the one who had been wanting to go there in the first place. And the idea that the world would embrace the Shevites because of remains found at an archeological dig is simply stretching it... I would have thought his ideas more interesting and provocative had he left things as they were at the end of Darwin's Radio: a confused and unaccepting world struggles to deal with a force of nature that it tries but fails desperately to understand and to control and is left wondering -- where do we go from here. ( )
1 vote mabrown22 | Jul 17, 2013 |
Enjoyable, though not quite as good as the first in the set: Darwin's Radio. ( )
  chndlrs | May 29, 2013 |
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America's a cruel country. There's a whole lot of people would just as soon stomp you like an ant. Listen to talk radio. Planty of dummies, damned few ventriloquists.

There's a wolf snarl behind the picnics and Boy Scout badges.

They want to kill our kids. Lord help us all.
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A continuation of the author's chilling portrait of humankind on the threshold of a radical leap in evolution--one that would alter our species forever. The human race is 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 DNA--a 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 diseases--and who fear the worst if the government's 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, Stella--a 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 government's radar. The agencies fanatically devoted to segregating and controlling the new-breed children monitor their every move--watching and waiting for the opportunity to strike the next blow in their escalating war to preserve "humankind" at any cost.

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