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In the colony of Plain to recover strains of grasses long extinct on Earth, Dr. Mattie Manan has a falling out with its patriarchal leaders and must escape, along with some native women, into the plains of Anu. Reprint. PW.
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 28th 1994 by Tor Books
(first published February 1993)
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Aug 09, 2009 Christy rated it liked it
This is an enjoyable enough adventure story, but the ideas about the boundaries between human and nonhuman as well as those about gender roles are only introduced to be subsumed by the adventure; they aren't really explored in a satisfactory way.
Mutagenesis is a book with lots of potential, none of which is realised. Themes of misogyny and the perils of genetic manipulation go nowhere. The plot's vague and the characters are uninteresting. However, it was still better than certain other books I've read, so two stars it is.