Microbiologist Graysha Brady-Phillips accepts an offer to assist in terraforming the planet Goddard for two reasons: she needs the hazardous duty pay, and she hopes the planet's colonists can provide a cure for the genetic disorder that is slowly killing her.
But such genetic engineering has been banned for decades by the powerful Eugenics Board, and Graysha is that board's high commissioner's daughter. When the colonists discover this, she isn't surprised that they ostracize her, for the penalties for conducting their radical research could include death. Graysha continues her work and tries to befriend the colonists, but soon she is dodging attempts on her life.
Even as Graysha questions whether her hope is worth the peril, she realizes she has grown attached to her new world. But that world is threatened, and Graysha must decide what she is willing to sacrifice: her security and professional hopes, or her new faith and even newer love.
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About the Author
Kathy Tyers has published ten novels in the Christian and general markets, including two authorized novels for the Star Wars expanded universe, as well as a biography and a travel book. If she isn't writing, she might be teaching a flute lesson, mentoring a hopeful author via the Christian Writers Guild, or battling quackgrass in her vegetable garden. Kathy lives in Montana and has one grown son.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Shivering World was an utterly fascinating read. My favorite best part was the conflict at the center of the book. Graysha is dying of a genetic disorder, and her only hope is to get someone to fix her genes, which is outlawed. She goes to the Lwuites, who are rumored to have a genetic clinic. However, Graysha’s mom is the one in charge of prosecuting genetic engineers. So, even if Graysha can gain their trust, her mom will find out via genetic testing, and the Lwuites will lose everything. They want her dead, she wants their help, her mom wants to take down their whole society. I also really enjoyed the in-depth terraforming. I’ve always had a soft spot for colonizing new worlds, so this book was fun for me. Oh yeah, and the characters. Each have their own semi-selfish, conflicting motives for what they do. Even people on the same “side” of the conflict end up at odds with each other. I loved that. The only part I didn’t like was that the story moved a little slow. It’s hard SF, so I get that the science is part of the action. And I enjoyed the science. But it took me a bit of time and energy to get through this book. That said, I still loved it. I loved the imagination involved in creating this world. The characters were great. The world was a fascinating one to live in. Five stars from me.
Incredible hardcore science fiction tackling topics like genetics, terraforming, and outer-world politics. Tyers has a mastery over the concepts of world building and science that makes reading her work realistic and vibrant.