Kingdom of Cages

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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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Overview

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.
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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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446611060
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/12/2009
  • Pages: 610
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.27 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    You can never put it down.

    I was completely drawn into this book the instant I read the first page. After that, I could never bring myself to put it down. Kingdom of Cages is the best Science Fiction novel I've read so far. Every page was filled with conspiracies overlapping betrayl, and its fast pace kept me on the edge of my seat. As the plot begins to thicken, you'll begin to question the motives of several characters, until you finally reach the end. But until then, the Kingdom of Cages will keep you in the dark, and all you can do is push forward until revelations come to light.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting futuristic thriller

    Though humanity has colonized much of the heavens, man¿s reign seems through, as disease and environmental disaster has become common. The only colony still thriving is Pandora where the obsession to keep the ecosystem pure has saved its citizens. However, the other worlds threaten to destroy Pandora if the scientists fail to stop the universally pandemic spread of the Diversity crisis. <P>Feeling the same desperate sense of urgency with little hope, the Pandorans may have found the answer in the DNA of the Trust family, residents of a nearby-overcrowded space station. After their mother dies, the two daughters, Chena and Teal, become the center of attention of a planet and a universe. As the two sisters flee, everyone wants a piece of their genes and even the good guys will kill to obtain a strand or two. <P> Award winning Sarah Zettel has written her most compelling novel to date with the stirring KINGDOM OF CAGES. The story line occasionally slows down in order to allow readers to understand the apocalypse now gripping everyone while also furnishing her audience with an insightful look at Pandora¿s social system. The two siblings are engaging characters whose coming of age is speeded up by a despairing populace willing to do anything for a strand of their genes. Anyone who has read THE QUIET INVASION or PLAYING GOD will already know how good Ms Zettel is. However, this tale is by far her most thought provoking as the Ayn Rand question of the good of society vs. the rights of the individual is played out on a galactic scale. <P>Harriet Klausner

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