Nothing Human

Nothing Human

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by Nancy Kress
     
 

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Told from the perspective of several generations of teenagers, this science fiction novel involves an Earth ravaged by mankind, high-tech manipulative aliens, and advanced genetics. Early in the 21st century, global warming has caused sickness and death among plants, animals, and humans. Suddenly aliens contact and genetically modify a group of 14-year-olds, inviting

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Told from the perspective of several generations of teenagers, this science fiction novel involves an Earth ravaged by mankind, high-tech manipulative aliens, and advanced genetics. Early in the 21st century, global warming has caused sickness and death among plants, animals, and humans. Suddenly aliens contact and genetically modify a group of 14-year-olds, inviting them to visit their spacecraft. After several months of living among the aliens and studying genetics, the students discover that the aliens have been manipulating them and rebel. Upon their return to Earth, the girls in the group discover that they are pregnant and can only wonder what form their unborn children will take. Generations later, the offspring of these children seek to use their alien knowledge to change their genetic code, to allow them to live and prosper in an environment that is quickly becoming uninhabitable from the dual scourges of global warming and biowarfare. But after all the generations of change, will the genetically modified creatures resemble their ancestors, or will nothing human remain?

Editorial Reviews

Mark Graham
“Riveting and thoroughly engaging.”
Martin Napersteck
“Lillie is a remarkable literary creation... To call Kress a science-fiction writer seems too limiting. She is one of our best writers.”
Nick Gevers
“Nothing Human is a book of forceful honesty...[it] concludes on an extraordinary rhapsodic note. This is, in spite of and because of its fearsome prophetic burden, an intensely human book, a tribute to Everything Human.”
William Thompson
“One of the more enjoyable and intriguing fictions I have read this year, and the future Kress has envisioned, for all its harshness, is balanced by the deep compassion and understanding with which she treats her characters.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012839268
Publisher:
Nancy Kress
Publication date:
07/04/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Nancy Kress is the author of twenty-eight books of fantasy, science Fiction, and how to write. Her fiction has earned four Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. For sixteen years she was the Fiction Columnist for Writers Digest Magazine. She lives in Seattle with her husband, writer Jack Skillingstead.

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Nothing Human 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced , could not put it down. Octavia Butler would have loved this one.
Thinking_Out_Loud More than 1 year ago
Plot is well-thought of, brings up interesting concepts in terms of both genetics and environmentalism, and executes both well. However, Kress changes the narrative point-of-view often and as a result the reader finds themselves unable to really attach to the characters. Also, the narrative characters do not so much cause the plot as they are carried along by it, which is frustrating for the reader and leads to a further sense of separation from the characters. In short, get it for the plot, not the characters.