|Submitted by Anonymous |
(Jun 19, 2009)
Helen Collins' novel is not only a fascinating and enjoyable adventure romp, with enough chases to keep the reader's attention glued to the page and a wonderful finale to boot, it is also a sterling example of the always welcome 'deviant colony' story format... Furthermore, it's also a book with a powerful message, backed by equally powerful ideas, one that combines the themes of The Handmaid's Tale with a well-researched, frighteningly original approach to genetics. If instead of choosing to tell her tale in the SF format, Collins had selected a more mainstream mode, undoubtedly she would have had a bestseller a la Michael Crichton on her hands. Mutagenesis is science fiction at its best. Highly recommended.