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Posted May 25, 2005
I must say I expected a lot more than this book delivered. This book was very scientific to the point to where if you haven't study genetics for the past 4 years you could go completely brain dead trying to figure out what they are trying to explain. It focused on the scientific to the point to where it doesn't really develop any of the characters in the book. It is a very scary what if scenario, but it never really explains some things for example (WHERE DID ALL THE INSECTS GO). They just disappeared. The action at the end of the book is intense but it is over before it really even develops. It had the potential to be a great science fiction novel but just didn't really deliver to me. However I do recommend this book. It is a good novel of how humanity can be destroyed without a bomb going off. uhhhhh wait there are bombs also for you actions fans lol. All in all a good book, but only 3 stars here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 28, 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed this book more than any I've read in years, but I owe much of that to the fact that I have a strong education and career-based background in genetics, entomology and ecology. I'd either already studied the many factual facets touched upon in this book, or was eager to gobble up those I did not know, or those fashioned by the author. This book is not for the casual fiction reader, but is more a frightening hypothesis based on purely nonfictional fact drawn from many different scientific fields. I saw negative feedback was left for this book, and if I had a weak background in science and was also very spiritual, I might've found the book tedious as well. However, since I am neither of those, I found the book amazing, and felt a kindred spirit to the main characters and author. Recommend to all those who need a break from Lab Meeting Journal Clubs!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2001
I rank this ecological thriller with Rachel Carson's Silent Sprint and Phillip Wylie's The End of The Dream. Pellegrino's unique view of 'The Big Picture' as a Paleobiologist (author of Darwin's Universe: Origins and Crises in The History of Life) and his own warped sense of humor (for instance, a passing reference to Stephen King's Survivor Type as an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical playing on Broadway) make for some snappy dialog and brilliant Crichton-esque asides on things like Prion-based diseases (Prions are the basis for Mad Cow Disease and Deer Wasting Disease, which can not be destroyed by cooking). I also appreciate that he introduces the reader to many different points of view about the ecological crisis, from a Rabbi who sees it in terms of the Old Testament God's wrath, to a Wiccan Priest who sees it as the expiration of our old covenant with mother earth, 'we've waited too long to renegotiate a sustainable way of living out our lease, and we're being foreclosed.' A lot of people have called this a novel of ecological collapse, but that is incorrect, it is a novel of the earth's ecology adapting as it always has, but this time into a form that has no niche left for Homo Sapiens...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2001
This book was awful. I am an avid reader and read a variety of books from History to fantasy, adventure to biography, but this book was unreadable. You didn't care for the characters, the action crawled and the book got lost in scientific minutia. I couldn't finish the book. I tossed it out. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 1999
I read this book over a year ago, read it again, and then lent it to two friends who were equally enthusiastic about it. Pellegrino is a brilliant writer in whatever medium he chooses, but this one is Pellegrino at his very best. It grabs you from the beginning and never lets up - just gets better and better! It's become a part of my life, since the things I learned reading it are constantly coming back to me as things happen in the world. I think it's worth noting that this book was one of the few which appeared in School Library Journal's 'Best Adult Books for Young Adults' list (December 1998, the books chosen by its reviewers as the best of the ones reviewed in 1998). This is a great book for adults, and for teens, too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2009
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