Darwin's Radio

Greg Bear
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Darwin's Radio


This book was quite a mixed bag. It's very hard science. There's also a lot of politics. And it reads like a best seller science thriller, almost like a cross between Michael Crichton and James Patterson. I didn't care for the first three hundred fifty pages. There were several times I wanted to put the book down, but I was reading this for my book club in exile, so I plowed through. Fortunately, the last hundred fifty pages were much better. There was less science and more thriller. And I finally began to care about the main characters. The premise is good: a pandemic which activates genes causing the next phase of human evolution. I just didn't think the book lived up to all the hype I had heard. It was nominated for a bunch of awards, winning the Nebula in 2000.

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