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Edenborn (Idlewild #2)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,068 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Now in paperback: the follow-up to Idlewild,.

A microbial apocalypse called Black Ep has virtually wiped humanity from the globe. The few to survive the epidemic are now committed to the task of rebuilding a peaceful society, but not everyone shares this idyllic vision. And as the two factions clash, a new biological threat moves against them to finish what Black Ep began
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 2nd 2005 by NAL Trade (first published January 1st 2004)
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Brian
I bought this book on a whim because it had a biohazard symbol on it. I also like that it's blue; blue is statistically a poor selling color for dust jackets. I've had excellent luck with schlocky fiction books that have biohazard symbols, and it was on deep discount, so what was to lose. Surprise surprise, it was a pretty good read.

Second in a trilogy to which I've not yet read the first, Edenborn is a fractured fairytale in which the first iteration of doomsday survivors are raising children o
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Marsha
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Estibaliz79
4 1/2
Efectivamente, una segunda parte que admite sin problema alguno la lectura independiente, aunque sin duda es tan bueno que uno se queda con ganas de saber lo que vino antes y lo que vendrá después. Una historia futurista y postapocalíptica contada con mucho ritmo y preñada de aventura, pero que al mismo tiempo aborda interesantes cuestiones éticas y morales. No obstante, puede considerarse más que nada una historia de personajes y relaciones familiares, si bien estos poseen un carisma único
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Julie
Having trouble deciding whether I liked Idlewild or Edenborn more. Liked the varied cast of narrators in Edenborn, and about halfway through, the plot managed to hook me completely -- I had to read the last few chapters in one flurried sitting to find out oh my god what's going to happen, even though it was late and I was tired and so much reading gave me a Gedaechtnis-related nightmare. Thank you, Sagan!

Seriously though. Solid sequel to Sagan's first novel. And now, of course, I have to track
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Magda
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Klug
Forced to skim read due to my curiosity. A stronger person would have cut their losses.
Deozaan
May 07, 2010 Deozaan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Deozaan by: Challis
The sequel to Idlewild, Edenborn continues Nick Sagan's tradition of stream-of-consciousness writing, only it's a lot more difficult to get used to this time around since it jumps between several different characters' viewpoints throughout the story.

Most of the time I didn't have much trouble with it, and I could relate to (or at least understand) all of the characters' viewpoints with one exception: Deuce.

Deuce's mental process was so messed up I found myself mostly skimming those parts of the
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Jim O'boyle
Edenborn (Nick Sagan) was an interesting book that takes place in a post-apocalyptic earth. the humans of earth had been all but killed off by a new plague known as "black EP". the story follows the only living humans. a group of scientists, in a desperate attempt to preserve the human race, made a group of children immune to the virus. these children were placed in a virtual reality world, which raised them. when they emerged they had to re-populate the planet. but, being fertile from the immun ...more
Nuno Magalhães
Este livro de Nick Sagan continua a história desenvolvida em Ameaça Virtual, e desenrola-se 18 anos volvidos sobre os acontecimentos finais do primeiro livro, num cenário pós-apocalíptico causado por um vírus mortal que aniquilou a espécie humana, à excepção das personagens desta história. Neste segundo volume, o autor modifica a estrutura narrativa que adoptara em Ameaça Virtual, e passa a contar a história do ponto de vista dos vários intervenientes. O leitor rapidamente se apercebe que esta é ...more
Oscar
The second part in this science fiction trilogy by Nick Sagan describes a similar path to that of its first generation of protagonists, from a cool and exciting adolescence into a rich maturity.

This time around, the tentative relationships between different characters are at the forefront, set against the backdrop of a world completely depopulated of humans by a virus. Except for the handful of survivors and now their children. Each has different views on life and on how to build up an existence
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Heather
I listened to the audio book version of this book. While in the first book they had mostly just one narrator, in this one they have several and that made sense for a style difference (and they got some good familiar voices!). The book is divided up into quite a few perspectives but it doesn't come across as annoying. There's quite a bit of build-up in the book for you to get to know the children that have been created by the originals. It is interesting to see how their different perspectives co ...more
Alice
I didn't get around to reading this, the second of three novels until about a year after the first one, Idlewild. It took me awhile to get into the book, not remembering the characters etc. Fortunately, Sagan sprinkles recaps of the plot and relationships throughout the story.

I like the idea of focusing on the second generation after the epidemic takes out the whole world. I am struck by the totally "human" problems the first and second generation people have--failed relationships, jealousy, men
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Ashley
I liked the second installation in this trilogy, but it didn't quite hold the same magic as the first. There is still a great deal to be said for the novel and it should not be overlooked. The characters, both old and new, are still well developed,three-dimensional and engaging. I believe that this book had a purpose of bringing the spiritual aspects of a world gone wrong to the forefront.

*Spoiler Alert*

In "Idlewild" we saw the reality and "non-reality" of a select group of beings having to com
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Jean Tatro
I've had a yen for science fiction lately, which was the perfect opening for me to read the sequel to Idlewild, which I really enjoyed.

The story picks up years after the first book, and uses multiple points of view. One little thing I really liked was the use of a small icon at the beginning of every POV switch to indicate which POV it was.

The plot takes awhile to appear, with the first half of the book more setting up the situation and characters. The characters drive the plot, and they're the
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Nicole Tuttle
What happened?

I think, for me, Edenborn is the vegetable after the delicious main course but before the yummy dessert. You gotta get through it, make the best of it, find what you can enjoy from it, but you're not thrilled during, and you're super glad when you're done. Let's move on to cake!

First, let's talk about this book.

Edenborn is the second installment of Nick Sagan's Idlewild series. Set 18 years after the kids were released from their pods, we are immediately introduced to the first chi
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S.A. Parham
I didn't realize that this is actually the second book set in a post-apocalypse future Earth, which is why I'm reading them out of order. It has strong cyberpunk leanings (with the internet as IVR), but the tale is not so technically heavy that the casual reader can't enjoy it. Perhaps the science isn't 100% perfect, but the author's skill with characters and plot pacing would far outweigh any scientific nitpicking to me. The size is appealing as well, as Sagan has divided the tale into three re ...more
Adam
While the narrative was not as easy to get into as Idlewild (the first in the series) I did find it a much better read. Idlewild was a nice, small story while Edenborn is on its way to growing into the world Nick Sagan has created. I say on it way because it's still not there yet. While there is a plenty of travel from continent to continent it still was a small family drama at the core of the book. These incredible minds are supposed to be fixing the world and instead seem more interested in pe ...more
Debbie
Sep 11, 2011 Debbie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Debbie by: David Stein
This was less a peek at Sagan's futuristic post-pandemic novel and more about relationships. When there are really only 20-something people on the planet, how do you create life and respect the life that exists? How do you make personal, familial, moral, and global decisions? And how do you divide your time between the work that needs to be done and the people that need to be taught and guided? Although the gorgeous descriptions of scenes that exists in the first book were not as frequently pres ...more
Mark Lacy
It seemed to take a good while before the plot really grabbed me. I probably got through half or 2/3 of the book before I found I couldn't put it down. Not as good as the first book in this series, but still enjoyable, although if I could've been patient it would've been a better buy as a paperback.
Angela Kendrick
I'd like to give it 3.5 stars. It was rather different than the first book, which was fun and I enjoyed seeing Sagan's breath (this is his second piece I've read). It was interesting and compelling, but not as compelling as the first book. In the first book we have the extra enjoyment of the mystery due to Hal's amnesia. I don't like spoilers, so I can't tell you what I like best about this book, but I will say that if you pick it up, take it all the way to the end. There were a number of surpri ...more
Isabel
This sequel to "Idlewild" is narrated by Pandora, Halloween, Penny (one of Champagne and Vashti's daughters), Hadji (one of Isaac's children) and a mysterious character called Deuce. Now in their mid-thirties and living in the real world, the six surviving ex-pupils of Idlewild School are scattered about the globe; Vashti and Champagne in Germany, Pandora in Greece, Isaac in Egypt, Halloween in Michigan and Fantasia who knows where, if indeed she is still alive.

Vashti, Champagne and Isaac have
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Kristin Lundgren
2nd book in a trilogy. I read the first, Idlewild a few years ago, and it was amazing how much came back - must have been good. It's about a group of kids, now adults, who were bio-enginered to be resistant to a plague that swept the world and killed off everyone but them. They grew up immersed in VR, thinking the world had people, they had families, etc. This 2nd volume is told more from their kids' point of view (artificially conceived), and their triumphs, troubles, jealousies, and illnesses, ...more
Eric
Book two of the 'Idlewild' trilogy. The six surviving neo-humans, having "graduated" from their virtual university, set about the business of saving what's left of humanity, most of it in cryogenic freeze. But nothing is going right, as Black Ep proves far more daunting than anyone expected. What's worse, the genetically engineered hyper-immune systems of the neo-human bodies kill off any developing embryos in the women, rendering them infertile. In desperation, they clone themselves to make chi ...more
Stephen
This book loses some of what was best in Idlewild. Or, really, it takes a long time to get started. The first half of the book, with a few brief mysterious interludes, sets up the world and the characters so that everything can race off in the second half. Which means, Edenborn is slow, compared to Idlewild (which opened with the main character not even sure who he was). There was no real conflict, no reason to be curious about what happened next. And, in fact, I put this book aside for a week a ...more
Mick
This book is a continuation of the Idlewild series. It starts off 20 years after the first book ended and tells the tale of how the varius remaining members are trying to repopulate the earth. This installment lacks the suspense of the first as we already know the situation now. It attempts to fill that void with action and is somewhat successful by the end. Mostly though this novel becomes a moral and ethical battle between religion and secularism with neither side winning. I would recommend th ...more
Kalyn
The story jumps perspective between all the characters with some new ones added from the first book (Idlewild). I enjoyed seeing the old characters but felt like they had no development as people between the first book and this one even though 18 years have passed (and they have created new humans). The new narrators were interesting, as they are unreliable, but I wasn't really a fan of the story. The ending with Deuce and Penelope didn't raise much emotion and I felt like the more interesting c ...more
Emily  O
This book is great. I love the character development. I became very emotionally attached to many of the characters to the point of yelling at the book towards the end. The writing style and voice changes depending on who is talking, which is a great way to contrast the characters. Often, when the characters are talking about one thing (a tree, for example) you will find that what they are saying has a lot more meaning than just the obvious. This book is a great read if you want characters you ca ...more
Oscar
'Los hijos del paraíso' es la continuación de 'Código genético', aunque puede leerse independientemente, pero no lo recomiendo ya que se mencionan hechos y personajes que se entienden mejor si se ha leído con anterioridad el primer libro.

Si bien se nota que Nick Sagan ha crecido como escritor en esta su segunda novela, también es verdad que es un libro que no sorprende tanto como 'Código genético', ha perdido esa frescura de ideas que la caracterizaba. La historia se hace lenta y hasta repetitiv
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Amy
I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this book despite how different it was from it's predecessor, Idlewild. It had a lot of the same characters set some time further in the future, yet the book had a completely different feel to it. Even the writing style felt different, which is okay, because it lent a credibility to the change in viewpoint in this marvelous and oddly believable world.

That said, I don't think it's as magnificent as Idlewild was. I didn't find myself as involved in these
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Andrea
I listened to Idlewild (Book 1) in 2008, and had a hard time connecting with any of the characters. In this book, it was easier for me to connect the characters, and I thought a lot of the ideas explored were more interesting than the ones explored in the first book. In both books, I didn't find the inner monologs believable, but it's hard to tell if the writing is at fault or the readers when you're listening. I wasn't crazy about the ending, but I see now that there's a third, so perhaps, I'll ...more
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