|Plot Summary of Darwin's Children|
Stella Nova is one of the new generation of kids. Instead of the society accepting the new generation, the kids are being hunted and put away to camps, or even death. They try to find their way in the world that is so hostile towards them and a new type of society emerges.
This synopsis report prepared by irina
Del Rey, Apr 2003, 24.95, 400 pp.
Eleven years ago the scattered human endogenous viral activation 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, 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.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Darwin's Children|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Repressive society story
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- one culture tries to impose its culture on another group
Who's a slave/repressed?
- aliens are slaves
- a teen
If magical mental powers:
- can read emotions
- near future (later in 21st century)
- medium future 22-24th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
- a fair amount of scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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