Kingdom of Cages

Kingdom of Cages

by Sarah Zettel
     
 

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As humanity faces extinction, Chena and Teal Trust are chosen to immigrate as part of the "Eden Project" devised by the brilliant ecologists of Pandora, a planet closely matching Earth. Once they arrive, the Trusts quickly learn the scientists don't want new blood—only raw DNA. When Chena's mother is killed, Chena and Teal vow to fight the system that killed

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As humanity faces extinction, Chena and Teal Trust are chosen to immigrate as part of the "Eden Project" devised by the brilliant ecologists of Pandora, a planet closely matching Earth. Once they arrive, the Trusts quickly learn the scientists don't want new blood—only raw DNA. When Chena's mother is killed, Chena and Teal vow to fight the system that killed her. (June)

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The end seems near. The farflung outposts that humans have planted among the stars are drying up, victims of degenerating environments, disease, bad planning, and failing food supplies. Finally, in a desperate move, the scattered remnants of the human race converge on a planet, believed to be a near match to earth. But Pandora, true to its name, is a planet that conceals puzzles-inside-puzzles. Looking down for the first time from the space station, Chena Trust can hardly imagine what horrors and murders await her.
Library Journal
As environmental deterioration and incurable pandemics sweep the colonized worlds, the Colonial Shipping Authority seeks aid from the isolated and apparently untouched planet of Pandora, resorting to threats of contamination to force assistance from a world unwilling to risk itself for the greater good. As relations between the Authority and the planet worsen, the fate of humanity hinges on two young women, whose genes hold the key to savingor destroyingthe human race. Zettel (Reclamation; Fool's War) crafts a taut, action-filled coming-of-age tale. Recommended for both adult and YA sf collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From the author of "Playing God "(1998), a far-future yarn about ecological doomsday and genetic engineering. Humanity's far-flung colonies are suffering a "Diversity Crisis," dying because too little genetic exchange is taking place. Only planet Pandora, almost perfectly Earth-like, is immune, and Pandora's privileged rulers refuse to open their protected planet to mass immigration despite the desperate pleas of the Space Authority and the dangerously overcrowded Athena Station. Instead, Pandoran scientists known as `hothousers` agree to develop the Eden Project: breeding a human whose immune system can cope with anything and thrive. At the slightest pretext, the unscrupulous hothousers seize and experiment on Pandora's ordinary villagers, starving drudges allowed no proper medical care. The scientists also covet the genes of three immigrants from Athena, teenaged Chena Trust, her younger sister Teal, and their mother. Administrator Tam protects the Trust family, but Tam's maleficent sister Dionti has found a way to subvert not only the hothousers' implanted "consciences" but also the rather stupid Artificial Intelligences that run Pandora. Dionti's operatives seize Chena's mother and impregnate her; the child will be the fruition of the Eden Project. Then Chena finds her mother murdered and the fetus gone. Orbiting Athena and the Authority's spaceships threaten to invade. The events that follow makes little sense, but involve lots of blood, brutality, repression, and mind control. Nothing new, and executed mostly with grimly determined fervor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446524919
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.49(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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