Darwin's Children (Darwin Series #2)

Darwin's Children (Darwin Series #2)

by Greg Bear
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Darwin's Children (Darwin Series #2) by Greg Bear

Greg Bear’s Nebula Award–winning novel, Darwin’s Radio, painted a chilling portrait of humankind on the threshold of a radical leap in evolution—one that would alter our species forever. Now Bear continues his provocative tale of the human race confronted by an uncertain future, where “survival of the fittest” takes on astonishing and controversial new dimensions.

DARWIN’S CHILDREN

Eleven years have passed since SHEVA, an ancient retrovirus, was discovered in human DNA—a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence . . . and face a world that is outraged about their very existence. For these special youths, possessed of remarkable, advanced traits that mark a major turning point in human development, are also ticking time bombs harboring hosts of viruses that could exterminate the “old” human race.

Fear and hatred of the virus children have made them a persecuted underclass, quarantined by the government in special “schools,” targeted by federally sanctioned bounty hunters, and demonized by hysterical segments of the population. But pockets of resistance have sprung up among those opposed to treating the children like dangerous diseases—and who fear the worst if the government’s draconian measures are carried to their extreme.

Scientists Kaye Lang and Mitch Rafelson are part of this small but determined minority. Once at the forefront of the discovery and study of the SHEVA outbreak, they now live as virtual exiles in the Virginia suburbs with their daughter, Stella—a bright, inquisitive virus child who is quickly maturing, straining to break free of the protective world her parents have built around her, and eager to seek out others of her kind.

But for all their precautions, Kaye, Mitch, and Stella have not slipped below the government’s radar. The agencies fanatically devoted to segregating and controlling the new-breed children monitor their every move—watching and waiting for the opportunity to strike the next blow in their escalating war to preserve “humankind” at any cost.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345464910
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2003
Series: Darwin Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 205,063
File size: 524 KB

About the Author

Greg Bear is the author of more than twenty-five books, which have been translated into seventeen languages. His most recent novel is Vitals. He has been awarded two Hugos and four Nebulas for his fiction. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear, and they are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra. Visit the author’s Web site at www.gregbear.com.

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Darwin's Children (Darwin Series #2) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Eleven years ago the scattered human endogenous viral activation (SHEVA) retrovirus caused mutations leading to the birth of a different human species (see DARWIN¿S RADIO). Instead of welcoming the genetically enhanced humans, the old generation, many of which are the parents of these kids, fears and detests their offspring. Much of the phobia comes from the unknown, but also from the propaganda beat that these new humans will ravage the old race. The government established special laws and agencies to keep these children uneducated and targeted for death for almost anything. There remain small cells of non-enhanced humans who want to do the right thing with the preadolescents that are growing up in isolation. Amongst this minority, scientists Kaye Lang and Mitch Rafelson, live in exile under the watchful eye of Big Brother yet still quietly raise their daughter, Stella, a SHEVA child, who seeks her own kind. If EMAC finds her, the camps or death will occur and the current suburban Virginia exile of Kaye and Mitch will seem mainstream compared with what the Feds would do to them. Readers will better enjoy this seemingly stand-alone novel if they first peruse DARWIN¿S RADIO, where the evolution began. The theme of DARWIN¿S CHILDREN and the previous book is frightening especially with the counterinsurgency and negative reaction as if the children were devils. Though much of the latter half of the plot depends on luck and coincidence, fans of deep tales with strong scientific roots and powerful messages will relish this novel of the old humans trying to keep the new enhanced species from dominating the future. Harriet Klausner
RKBookman More than 1 year ago
Darwin’s Radio and Darwin’s children are two books I go back and read every couple of years. While the idea of our genes deciding we, as a species, need to change to survive is intriguing, the negative reaction of the government and the scientific community is riveting and exceptionally well-drawn. Though a few characters can see that the pregnancies and birth of the new children is an ongoing process that needs to be completed, the rest are determined not to allow the new children to survive or become part of society. The characters range from courageous and determined to self-interested, bigoted and even cruel, but they are all well drawn. Most grow over the course of the books. One review claimed the author did not show how the new children would save (or improve) the human species and that is true of the first book. However, by the end of Darwin’s Children it is clear how they could make the world a better place if everyone willing to allow them to participate in society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But, in case you didn't know...evolution does not act in the way he decsribes. Oops.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel deserves nothing less than five stars. Bear is a superb storyteller with a real gift for characterization and suspense. The story is disturbing, chilling, and clings to you long after you've finished it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darwin¿s Children by Greg Bear. To be released April 1, 2003. Review copy. In this sequel to his Nebula Award-winning Darwin's Radio, Earth seems to have changed forever with the birth of millions of naturally genetically altered babies to virus (SHEVA) infected mothers some 12 years previous in `Radio¿. Maybe these children are the next great human evolutionary leap, but normal or `old¿ humans fear, and hate them. Most of the `virus children¿ have been taken from their parents and homes to be kept in Government managed `schools¿, which are, for the most part, converted prison properties, in order to manage them and keep them isolated from the general public. Many of the central characters in `Children¿ are carried forward from `Radio¿, and as is Bear¿s strength, the development of character, sense of place, and the feel and smell of human the frailties of fear and hatred are completely engaging. Reading `Radio¿ first is NOT a requirement but doing so will give the reader a welcome leg up on many of the events opening in progress in `Children¿. As has been noted by other reviewers, this book may not be as hugely `pop¿ular as a Cook or a Crichton, but it is far better written as a thinking person¿s novel. Bear¿s background lends to credible science and his talent as a writer bring us a depth of story, and a steady building of tension and excitement as the story rolls, whips, and tears along until, just when you think you have a grip, he introduces a totally unexpected twist. So different from a Koontz pull-an-alien-out-of-a-hat style, or a Cook or Crichton mega-thriller, what-rampant-science-can-do, pulse-pounder backed up by science (who can resist the premise of bringing dinosaurs back to life!), Greg bear develops characters, global plots, empathy, sympathy, and thought provoking ideas with style and feeling. I have been a big Bear fan since way before his inauguration into the `Killer B¿s¿ club and this book is one of the many reasons. `Nuf said. Read the book. I smell another award! rdkedd@abnormalbooks.com
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear Mr. Bear: I own almost all of your books. I have read and enjoyed them very much. Right up until 'Darwin's Children', that is. I quote, 'The Republicans are the country's pit bull, Mitch. Barking in the night, all night, every night, right or wrong, and savaging their enemies without mercy.' Really? Have you been paying ANY attention this year at all? Michael Moore, Mr. Soros, Whoopie Goldberg and the rest of the so-called tolerant (what an oxymoron THAT is when applied to these people), peace loving liberal Democrats...never in my not very short life have I seen such bald, naked hatred as these people, and their friends, have demonstrated. They have a lock on mean-spirited nastiness. Self-serving, narcissistic opportunists all. I am a Republican, and I know many other Republicans, and none of us resemble anything like the picture you paint. You, Sir, are part of the vicious, hate mongering, country dividing, maniacal left wing that has torn this country apart ever since Al Gore legitimately lost the 2000 election but did not have the balls, or apparently the brains, to admit it. At least John Kerry had the good sense, and decency, to do the right thing. I was pleasantly surprised at his actions, but I can admit it. Now, you continue your vitriolic behavior by incorporating your hatred into your stories. I have never read a novel where the author tired to paint the Democratic, as a whole, evil (even though I might think there are a few who would qualify for that title -- I am intelligent enough to know that there are evil people in both parties). These authors have wisely left their political opinions at home where they belong. Unfortunately, what seemed like promising fiction turns out to be nothing more than another hate filled vehicle, written by a blind to reality, intellectual elitist who thinks he knows what is best for everyone else and is just certain we all want to hear it. You should be ashamed of yourself. But my experience with people like you is that you are incapable of that emotion. Rather than pass this book on to someone else, someone not smart enough to know they are being brainwashed, I will just take it to the dump on Saturday, where it will join the rest of the garbage.