Darwin's Radio Book Summary and Study Guide

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Mitch, a young American archaeologist in disrepute, discovers in the Alps the frozen and mummified corpses of a Neanderthal family that died under mysterious circumstances. Kaye, a microbiologist trying to cut a deal between her US company and scientists in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia who grow antibiotic resistant bacteria, is called away to examine a mass grave where pregnant women have evidently been shot. Christopher Dicken of the Centers for Disease Control has been monitoring similar incidents around the world for several years and runs into Kaye there. These three lives intersect as an apparent retrovirus seems to be killing fetuses by the thousands all over the world; common people riot, and governments prepare for martial law and the segregation not only of reputedly infected men and women, but separation of men FROM women because the virus seems to be transmitted sexually. But then the women who have aborted spontaneously become pregnant AGAIN without sexual contact, and Mitch, Kaye, and Christopher begin to suspect something very different from a mere epidemic is happening. Bear masterfully mixes considerable biological science and theory, and a little archaeology, with a cast of almost hundreds, into a gripping tale that is still not too difficult to follow.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

The book concentrates on evolution. It explains how evolution might have happened relatively quickly. It shows how different parts of the society react to the evolution that is occuring.
The review of this Book prepared by irina

A retrovirus starts the next step of human evolution. This book covers all of the scientific and social, and political uproar that this would cause. very scientific, this book taught me more about science than high-school did. A great book
The review of this Book prepared by Repo Man

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 46.7%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 23.3% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   preventing/surviving an ecological disaster    -   fighting a disease/illness affecting everyone Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   near future (later in 21st century)    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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