Tomorrow's Kin

Tomorrow's Kin

Book 1 of the Yesterday's Kin Trilogy

Book - 2017
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Tomorrow's Kin is the first volume in and all new hard science fiction trilogy by Nancy Kress based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday's Kin.

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The aliens have arrived... they've landed their Embassy ship on a platform in New York Harbor, and will only speak with the United Nations. They say that their world is so different from Earth, in terms of gravity and atmosphere, that they cannot leave their ship. The population of Earth has erupted in fear and speculation.

One day Dr. Marianne Jenner, an obscure scientist working with the human genome, receives an invitation that she cannot refuse. The Secret Service arrives at her college to escort her to New York, for she has been invited, along with the Secretary General of the UN and a few other ambassadors, to visit the alien Embassy.

The truth is about to be revealed. Earth's most elite scientists have ten months to prevent a disaster--and not everyone is willing to wait.

Publisher: New York : Tor, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780765390295
0765390299
Characteristics: 349 pages ;,25 cm.

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Tdruid
Nov 22, 2019

A major expansion of her career-making story “Yesterday’s Kin” which I read years ago when it was 1st published. I really wish the library had a copy of that in an anthology!!! I would love to read it again because I seem to remember being far more impressed with it than this book. But it’s still a very good book & well worth reading. I will continue with the trilogy.

IndyPL_CarriG May 29, 2019

Nancy Kress writes my favorite type of science fiction - enough science to make me feel like I'm learning something, but still full of real-life characters with real-life problems. This series examines the personal, physical, sociological, ecological, and political costs of a space-faring race come to Earth to help defeat an oncoming plague. How different governments react and how different personality types react is telling and believable. I love speculative ficiton that takes our world and says, "What would happen if...". It's a book that makes you think about how you would react to the situation. Sometimes it's a little pat and on the nose in getting its message across, but that's really the only criticism I can come up with. Read Nancy Kress!

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LauraSteinert
Jan 03, 2019

Very "science-y" science fiction. Really well told tale of first contact that weaves in environmental concerns like invasive species, traumatic global climate change, ecosystems, extinction of keystone species, and the consequences of all of these. For "tree-huggers," animal rights activists, anti-genetic tampering believers, and peace-nicks, this is an absolute joy to read. Males seem to pan the book since all the main characters are women and children, but if you aren't bothered by strong, brilliant women, this should be an very enjoyable story.
My only negative comment is that there are some horribly twisted and convoluted sentence that have to be read two or three times as Kress proves she is just too sophisticated to do anything as crass as splint an infinite or end a sentence with a preposition (both terribly out dated and stupid rules).

SCL_Justin Oct 09, 2018

There was some good stuff in this novel about aliens coming to Earth to warn about a space plague that's on its way, but it was overshadowed by a 1950s style scifi melodramatic tone throughout. I most enjoyed the first section about trying to find the cure for the plague, and the thoughts about what happens to our planet if most common mice went extinct, but the rest was pretty blah. I especially found the sections that were narrated by children to have a tin ear. Overall this was just an okay book (I'd be really impressed with it if it were an amateur NaNoWriMo novel) and I probably won't be following up with the rest of the trilogy.

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