Kingdom of Cages

Kingdom of Cages

by Sarah Zettel
     
 

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"Humanity's off-world colonies, the Called, were dying. Planets and peoples had been ravaged by the Diversity Crisis of environmental collapses and mutating diseases. All except Pandora, a thousand-year old biogenetics research outpost, where respect for the ecosystem had become a fanatic religion and a small, genetically controlled population lived in self-sufficient… See more details below

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"Humanity's off-world colonies, the Called, were dying. Planets and peoples had been ravaged by the Diversity Crisis of environmental collapses and mutating diseases. All except Pandora, a thousand-year old biogenetics research outpost, where respect for the ecosystem had become a fanatic religion and a small, genetically controlled population lived in self-sufficient city-domes. Peaceful, benign, and smug in their isolation, the Pandorans lovingly tended their lush, perfect world - until the day an ad-hoc starfleet arrived with an ultimatum: The Pandorans must use their genius to solve the Crisis, or the Called will destroy their cities and let hordes of starving, desperate refugees overrun Paradise." "Ten years later two young girls, Chena and Teal Trust, and their mother, Helice, come to start a new life on Pandora, whose "hothouse" scientists have allowed a select few to live in guarded planetside villages. But for Chena and Teal, Utopia quickly turns into Hell." "The threatened, resentful hot-housers treat the refugees with paranoid contempt - as violent, savage, raw DNA for involuntary experiments. And there is something in the Trusts' genome that the Pandorans want badly. Badly enough to kill for." Now two innocent children are fugitives in a closed system. They can neither retreat to space nor escape into a wilderness where Nature has been programmed to destroy intruders. To survive, Chena and Teal must discover why their bodies are needed by a conspiracy called the "Eden Project." For the Crisis has become an apocalypse, the colonists are about to invade, and although the Pandorans insist the Eden Project will save all humanity, there may be a more final solution.

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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.

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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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