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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,535 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Bear Narrator: Jeff McCarthy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Darwin Series Release Date:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 2/16/2014

    " This is Bear's followup to the award-winning "Darwin's Radio", which I loved. Darwin's Children isn't bad, but I didn't find it as compelling as its predecessor. However it does offer interesting ideas about what life as a human might be like with additional or enhanced senses that generated genuine collective emotion and thought. What would society look like if the primary underlying factor was an intense compulsion to cooperate and to seek harmony and communion? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chuck | 1/29/2014

    " 2nd in series concerning accelerated evolution of human species. Steeped in genetic and virus research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debbie | 1/25/2014

    " Not as good as I was hoping. The actual story was disjointed and sort of fell away in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John Sherman | 1/24/2014

    " Good but Darwin's Radio was better. The story just kind of faded away at the end. "

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