Beggars and Choosers (Sleepless Trilogy #2)
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If you like Oryx and Crake, you should read this series. It's better.
Yes, I just said it.
This shit is better than Atwood.
In the first book, the (fucking sublime) Beggars In Spain, we are introduced to the basic premise of this universe: Scientists create a genetic modification that eliminate...more
I really, really loved this book! I don't use love very often with books - partly because I can't choose a select few to elevate above the others. Mostly I don't say I love a book in a review because who am I to say that you will love it too? But this book? Loved it.
Like Beggars in Spain, Nancy Kress focuses on societal development as seen through the eyes of different caste individuals in the United States. I don't want to giv...more
In Beggars and Choosers, Kress returns to the same future world created in her earlier work, an America strangely altered by genetic modifications. Millions of ordinary people are supported by the efforts of the handsome and intellectually superior gene-modified, who are in turn running scared in the face of the astonishing, nearly superhuman powers of the Sleepless, who have their own agenda for humanity. The Sleepless, radically altered humans, have withdrawn from the rest of the race to an is...more
Okay, well that was a bit of a letdown. The first book was better, as much as I recall of it. I've now got the third book, and the first the re-read.
Behind all the technology is a story about good people who care for each other, as well as caring for those they don't like so well, because it's the right thing to do.
While it could be called a sequel to "Beggars in Spain", you d...more
Altrettanto ovviamente ho letto "Mendicanti in Spagna" che viene, cronologicamente prima.
Onestamente è un buon romanzo, quindi inferiore al precedente che era decisamente ottimo.
La distopia che descrive, con successivo "raddrizzamento" riuscito solo in parte, è la premessa per il terzo romanzo del ciclo. E presenta dei punti deboli di trama non indifferenti. Ma forse sono cose che verranno spiegate nel seguente "Mendic...more
Beggars and Choosers by Nancy Kress is a stand along sequel to Beggars in Spain; the books have a classic sci-fi feel with multiple view points and heavy amounts of scientifically inspired plot developments in a futuristic world
After reading Beggars in Spain I had to get my hands on the second book because the first was so awesome. It took me a little bit longer to get to it than I’d hoped since I was trying to finish other books, and it took...more
Genetic modification has run amok in the 21st century, dividing America into two groups: genetically enhanced donkeys who rule the world, and livers who live work-free lives of supposed paradise. The tenuous balance between the two groups is about to topple over, but could the secret to survival be found with the ultra-intelligent SuperSleepers, who...more
I thought I didn't like it at all, I think there may have been some sort of a prequel that would have helped with the beginning but I settled into it a bit. Some interesting ideas about how genetic modifications could...more
Was geschieht mit Menschen, die völlig in komfortabler Abhängigkeit von anderen gehalten werden? In diesem 2. Band des Bettler-Zyklus werden die sog. "Nutzer" von den "Machern" mit allem versorgt. Das klappt aber nur, solange genug Geld dafür vorhanden ist - und das geht gerade aus!
Und eine weitere Frage wird gestellt: Wer darf darüber entscheiden, was gut ist für die Menschheit? Die genetisch veränderten "SuperS" tun es einfach - und das wirft zusät...more
But then suddenly, about half way through, everything seemed to click, and I was once again enthralled by her portrayal of what happens when technology and human nature meet.
Who gets to decide what technology gets explored, developed and used and what technology we reject and turn away from? The government? The people? The scientists? Or maybe that is the wrong question. Maybe the correct question is not who should decide but who will decide.
I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first, I think. Maybe. But it was resolved in a very similar fashion, which was disappointing. It would have been nice to have had something a bit more original. Still an enjoyable read.
Now, where will book 3 take us?!?!
I'm probably the only person who reacted to people being able to get their macronutrients from sunshine and lying in the dirt rather than by eating by thinking, "But, the micronutrients!"
Although I didn't love it as much as the first one (which is in my all time top ten kinda of love), it was extremely engaging and kept me present in the moment throughout the entire...more
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