After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

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.
Publisher: San Francisco : Tachyon, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781616960650
1616960655
Branch Call Number: SF KRESS 2012
Characteristics: 189 p. ; 21 cm

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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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STEVEN FORBES
Jan 30, 2016

A lousy title for a good book. I like stories that play with the paradox of time travel, and this one is entertaining without taxing your mind too much. I read it in one go, staying up until 3 am to finish it. The end has a twist that brings the timelines together in a satisfying climax. Not a classic, or a life-changer, but a very good book nonetheless. The language is a bit salty, though realistically so, which is why I would recommend this book for 15 and up. The main character is 15.

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FVReader
Jan 23, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story moves between three timelines of an apocalypse. Twenty six survivors. How will mankind survive? Will it?
This was a seamless (in a sci-fi way) story that in its possible reality can be quite sobering in idea. A fun read.

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22950006357453
Apr 15, 2014

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

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stephaniedchase
Jan 17, 2014

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.

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sldoug
Jun 13, 2012

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

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Librarianne
Jun 04, 2012

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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STEVEN FORBES
Jan 30, 2016

STEVEN FORBES thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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