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After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

Kress, Nancy (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall
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"In the year 2035, all that is left of humanity lives in the Shell. After ecological disasters have nearly destroyed the Earth, twenty-six survivors are imprisoned in a sterile enclosure built by an alien race. Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the six children who were born in the Shell. Though he possesses birth defects common to the Six, including sterility, Pete is resolved to lead humanity to a new beginning. However, as one by one the adults of the Shell grow mysteriously sick and die, Pete struggles to control his dangerous anger at the aliens. Though the Earth appears to be slowly healing itself, the survivors may not live long enough to repopulate it. Their only hope lies within randomly brief time-portals into the recent past, where Pete and the Six are abducting children to increase their gene pool."--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Kress, Nancy
Title: After the fall, before the fall, during the fall
Publisher: San Francisco : Tachyon, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 189 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: [Nancy Kress]
Summary: "In the year 2035, all that is left of humanity lives in the Shell. After ecological disasters have nearly destroyed the Earth, twenty-six survivors are imprisoned in a sterile enclosure built by an alien race. Fifteen-year-old Pete is one of the six children who were born in the Shell. Though he possesses birth defects common to the Six, including sterility, Pete is resolved to lead humanity to a new beginning. However, as one by one the adults of the Shell grow mysteriously sick and die, Pete struggles to control his dangerous anger at the aliens. Though the Earth appears to be slowly healing itself, the survivors may not live long enough to repopulate it. Their only hope lies within randomly brief time-portals into the recent past, where Pete and the Six are abducting children to increase their gene pool."--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1616960655
9781616960650
Branch Call Number: SF KRESS 2012
Subject Headings: Human-alien encounters Fiction Time travel Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Human-alien encounters
Time travel
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After the apocalypse a small group of feeble survivors is sustained by a mysterious and not necessarily benevolent force. One of the 'force's' gifts is occasional time travel, which the group uses to kidnap children and rebuild the human race. A wonderful puzzler.


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Apr 15, 2014
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

the central mystery is never solved. what are the tesslies?

Jan 17, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Transcendent. I loved this slim book. The way the three viewpoints kept quietly marching towards their meeting point, the way the humans in both stories found what was happening around them mysterious, the mistakes everyone made: it was so true to form. How many of us would know what was happening if we were there? Without experience or language, how could we describe something we had never seen? Would we -- like the inhabitants of the Shell, like Gordon with the disappearances, like everyone “during the fall” -- know what was happening? I was hooked by these themes.

Jun 13, 2012
  • sldoug rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Quick and entertaining scifi that switches between three perspectives (before, during and after the fall). Dark, but ultimately hopeful!

Jun 04, 2012
  • Librarianne rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A thought-provoking (and somewhat disturbing) take on what might be the logical apocalyptic end to the human race--or our predominance, at least.

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