After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall
The year is 2035. After ecological disasters nearly destroyed the Earth, 26 survivors--the last of humanity--are trapped by an alien race in a sterile enclosure known as the Shell. Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the Six--children who were born deformed or sterile and raised in the Shell. As, one... show more
The year is 2035. After ecological disasters nearly destroyed the Earth, 26 survivors--the last of humanity--are trapped by an alien race in a sterile enclosure known as the Shell. Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the Six--children who were born deformed or sterile and raised in the Shell. As, one by one, the survivors grow sick and die, Pete and the Six struggle to put aside their anger at the alien Tesslies in order to find the means to rebuild the earth together. Their only hope lies within brief time-portals into the recent past, where they bring back children to replenish their disappearing gene pool. Meanwhile, in 2013, brilliant mathematician Julie Kahn works with the FBI to solve a series of inexplicable kidnappings. Suddenly her predictive algorithms begin to reveal more than just criminal activity. As she begins to realize her role in the impending catastrophe, simultaneously affecting the Earth and the Shell, Julie closes in on the truth. She and Pete are converging in time upon the future of humanity--a future which might never unfold. Weaving three consecutive time lines to unravel both the mystery of the Earth's destruction and the key to its salvation, this taut adventure offers a topical message with a satisfying twist.
Publish date: April 1st 2012
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Pages no: 189
Edition language: English
Good, but depressing (of course) - it made me think of other stories, one by Kress herself where the aliens kill most of the humans, another novel by John Varley with the time travel piece and a little bit of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis series.
After a world-wide catastrophe (or series of catastrophes), only a few humans survive. They are trapped inside a bunker, with sufficient water, air and food (unvaried though it may be) but too much genetic damage to continue the human race. In hopes of keeping their species going, they start trave...
A relatively short (under 200 pages) but interesting novel that puts a unique spin on the apocalypse. As the title suggests, each chapters carries us backwards or forwards in time, telling three intersecting stories:AFTER THE FALL: A claustrophobic, emotionally charged, post-apocalyptic tale of dyin...
Reading this shortly after the Hunger Games trilogy may not have cast it in a favourable light: it has some of the technical problems of Collins and none of the passion. This comes over as a polite request not to trash the planet which is weak compared with the raw outrage expressed by Collins. Ther...