Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Book Series: Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy #1
Released: 7/11/17 by Tor Books
Pages: 288 Price: $25.99 Hardcover
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Tomorrow’s Kin is the first volume in and all new hard SF trilogy by Nancy Kress based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday’s Kin.
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.
I’ve read a couple of books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed both of them, in fact, the first book that I read was Yesterday’s Kin. The book that this series is based upon or is a continuation of. I thought the cover looked familiar when requesting it so I dug a little deeper and discovered the connection and became concerned for a moment that I was about to read the same book twice. The page count was different so I decided to continue and see what was different.
I have to confess I did skip the first third of the book which felt like it was either the same as Yesterday’s Kin or close enough that I would probably be fine if I jumped to the new material. The book was divided into three parts and starting in part two the story picks up where the first novella left off. If you want to read what I thought of that first third of the story you can do so here, Yesterday’s Kin Review.
So what did I think of this revamped or continued story? I think it was bloody brilliant! In my review of the previous story, I held back one star, mentioning closure for two of the characters but perhaps it was more of I needed closure. I wanted to know more, what happened next. In this book, the author delivers, big time. The second part of the book picks up a few years after the first part ends and we get to see the aftermath of what happened on Earth when the aliens left and the disaster struck. It wasn’t pretty, but I think it was pretty accurate in what the author envisioned. Like The Martian, Ms. Kress uses real science to weave a captivating and thoughtful story about human nature and human’s place in the world. There was so much I hadn’t thought of if a disaster like this struck. What the ramifications would be not only to our environment but our way of life and even our evolution. It was truly fascinating.
The book does feel fairly science accurate but it was never stuffy or boring. The author never lectures but simply illuminates and uses science to give her story teeth. Ms. Kress is truly a gifted story-teller and I loved this book. I am excited that there are two more tales to come as I can not wait to see where she takes these characters next.
If you want a smart yet thrilling science fiction story that echoes current environmental, political, and cultural struggles we face today while throwing an interesting twist then this is a book you are going to want to pick up for yourself. This story has it all!
My Rating: 5 Stars