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Darwin's Children (Darwin's Radio #2)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  3,788 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Evolution is no longer just a theory -- and nature is more of a bitch goddess than a kindly mother -- in this tense science thriller from the author of the Nebula Award-winning Darwin's Radio Stella Nova is one of the 'virus children', a generation of genetically enhanced babies born a dozen years before to mothers infected with the SHEVA virus. In fact, the children repre ...more
Published (first published December 20th 2002)
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This duology (Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children) is what hard SF should be. It takes some really out-there science, in this case biology and evolution, adds a great story and characters you care about, and makes you really think about what could be. As a Christian who loves science and thinks that Christians who deny all evolutionary theory are off-base, I really appreciated that Bear didn't use his story to declare that there is no God and that people who believe in Him are stupid. Instead, ...more
Ireney Berezniak
Flat characters, flat story, unappealing premise ... the second book of Greg Bear's "Darwin's Radio" series made me question what it was exactly that I enjoyed in his first book.

Part 1 of "Darwin's Children" was particularly tedious, and I had contemplated abandoning the read altogether. The drudgery of various legal proceedings and political discourses effectively eliminated any interesting character or story development. I persevered, and the novel improved slightly in parts 2 and 3.

Wow. Another excellent book by Greg Bear. This guy writes about hard science in a way that keeps the reader engaged and edified, and writes scenes and characters that really resonate. He's helped in this regard by the fact that I just read Darwin's Radio a few weeks ago, and am still very familiar with the characters and situations he's building upon here.

But wow. This book just flows. well though-out, intriguing and beautifully written.
Mandy Moody
Darwin's Children is the sequel to Darwin's Radio. As I've found with most sequels, it wasn't quite as good as the original.
It was very, very good - it's just that Darwin's Radio was outstanding.
This story picks up about 10 years after the first. Stella Nova is a pre-teen, gently rebellious as a result of being isolated from other "new children". The book begins with her running away from home. Much of the story is dedicated to her and her counterparts.
Kaye and Christopher Dicken are back, of c
Very disappointing. Darwin's Radio was clearly an incomplete book which left me hanging, but the conclusion in Darwin's Children was not as satisfying. The book is told in three sections that each jump ahead a few years. The jumps make the story disjointed and leave cahracter's experience's glossed over and unexplained. The second section, the bulk of the book, had Kaye going from one meeting to anther spouting scientific/biological jargon that did not help me understand anything. Mitch's anthro ...more
I enjoyed it simply as a conclusion to Darwin's Radio, but it was an awfully long conclusion concerned mostly with humanity's (or at least american's) inability to deal with change and the incredible ineptitude and corruption of our political system, while abandoning, or at least ceasing to elaborate on, the concepts explored in the first.

It was a little frustrating that several of the main characters loose ends were never really wrapped up and an unexpected religious element was introduced that
Roddy Williams
'Evolution is no longer just a theory

Stella Nova is one of the ‘virus children’, a generation of genetically enhanced babies born a dozen years before to mothers infected with the SHEVA virus.

In fact, the children represent the next great evolutionary leap and a new species of human, Homo sapiens novus, but this is officially denied. They’re gentle, charming and persuasive, possessed of remarkable traits. Nevertheless, they are locked up in special schools, quarantined from society, feared and r
As a sequel, I wanted the novel to be everything that Darwin's Radio was: horrifying and hopeful, amazing speculation and memorable characters. What I did get was a pretty cool adventure with a whole new race of humanity trying to adjust with the old species, and the ideas and development were quite good. This one felt more like a regular sci-fi, and unfortunately, it felt like a long epilogue.

Taken on it's own, the novel holds up and is fascinating and very enjoyable, memorable characters and a

This is the sequel to Greg Bear's 1999 Darwin's Radio. It is just as exciting and unique as the first book, if not more. The story opens with Stella, the "virus" daughter of the two scientists from Darwin's Radio, who is now eleven years old and living a highly protected life off the grid with her two parents. Though they have given her the best parenting they cannot give her what she wants most at that age: the freedom to move freely in the world and to have friends her own age.

More than a deca
I think this book was better than the first. There is a lot less science in the sequel, and a lot more drama. Unfortunately after a lot of build up and a peak, the other side of the dramatic peak lets off very quickly. I wouldn't say it is a disappointment just that Mr. Bear elected not to flesh out a bit more chapters that he clearly could have. So it is a bit of a jump, but adding those chapters would have made the book a lot longer. As a fluff book to kill commuting time, I would have liked t ...more
This novel picks up with the characters from Darwin's Radio several story-years later. One I will say, Bear sure knows how to put the screws to his characters! Their situation continues to worsen through most of the story. Even more than with the first of the series, this novel is a study of how American society suffers a loss of civil rights and degradation of the integrity of its legal and political systems under world-changing stress. As such, it is clear allegory for recent events as well as ...more
Darwin's Children is not compelling. The characters fall flat in Darwin's Children, just as they did in Darwin's Radio.

Darwin's Children is essentially the same characters grown older. They face issues with integrating into society and with government running amok with fear and power; there is no new science introduced and there is nothing novel or compelling about the integration or fear issues (tragic, yes; compelling, no).

I think the first book is absolutely worth reading; I would skip Darwi
For all its trappings as a thriller that keeps the reader turning the pages this is a deeply researched science fiction tale that speculates upon the social upheaval caused by accelerated evolution. This is the sequel to the equally thrilling _Darwin's Radio_, and it is remarkable how fresh that read felt and how easy it was to get re-engaged with these characters after more than ten years reading that prequel. Taken together, the Darwin novels mix together a heady concoction of speculative biol ...more
John Loyd
Darwin's Children (2003) 474 pages by Greg Bear.

Sequel to Darwin's Radio. Through evolution or the SHEVA virus humanity has produced tens (hundreds?) of thousands of virus children. A new form of human that uses scent glands and facial patterns to communicate. For the first children to be born, the parents had to [seemingly] get sick, and there were some deaths. There was public panic that the children would create new diseases that would infect humans, so most of the children were rounded up an
In seiner langersehnte Weiterführung von "Das Darwin-Virus" erzählt Greg Bear die Geschichte der SHEVA-Kinder (die durch mutierte Retroviren erzeugten Neuen Kinder; d.h. Kinder eines neuen Menschen-Typus) konsequent weiter; allerdings mit einem großen Unterschied:
War sein Vorgänger noch ein Hard Science Thriller aus der Welt der Biologie allerersten Güte, so ist dieser Nachfolge-Roman Greg Bears in meinen Augen in erster Linie eine Abrechnung mit der amerikanischen Gesellschaft dieser Tage.
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Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Darwin's Children takes the story up 11 years after the first book (Darwin's Radio). There are many Shevite children who have been held in camps or special educational institutions. As Kay and Mitch work with Washington insiders to try to prove that the children constitute no health risk, different actors are moving to take more totalitarian actions to establish their kingdoms within the government. The Shevite children are growing up and they are reaching puberty, with complications of their ow ...more
Very immersive, healthy dose of science, politics, and anthropology, this book is a great listen. Very highly recommended. The story was plausible, as good science fiction should be. The characters are three-dimensional and the female characters are fully realized, and believable. The narrator dida good job.

Eleven years have passed since SHEVA was discovered in human DNA, a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans
Mark Heptonstall
Excellent book. I found it really emotive (having two young children) and thought provoking in many parts. Read it in about three days as I couldn't put it down. I really can't get my head around how Greg Bear can move from hard sci-fi to such a deep technically explained true science based novel such as this. Awesome awe for him!
Kae Cheatham
Second of a series
OVER WRITTEN, with pages of conversation that aren't important and characters who could have been left out. The head hopping (jumping of POV) was quite distracting. No flow. I never could relate to anyone. Read it all, as an exercise in determination.
Excellent read! I was really on the edge of my seat through many parts of the book. Greg Bear adds such intelligence to his books but in a way that readers new to Sci-Fi can grasp.
Jane Dugger
This book is a sequel to "Darwin's Radio." Read both. A very different tale about evolution. I found them very thought provoking.
This is my favorite of the Dawin's radio series. Sadly I keep reading this book first. We watch a small family try to live in a crazy world. They have to hide their girl is special. She is one of the new breed of children. The world is in a panic The are not liking this strange new breed of children. They act and talk funny plus they smell. Not good or bad just the way they want to smell. These kids are being caught and sent in to schools or camps. With a world filled with hate the kids don't li ...more
it is a tense book. Well written and completely different from anything else I have read (aside from Darwin's Radio, of course).
Mike Franklin
In Darwin’s Children Greg Bear continues and finishes the story started in Darwin’s Radio, following the SHEVA children as they progress towards puberty. Bear excels in hard science fiction and whilst the previous book was particularly ‘hard’ – at times I felt like it was a genetics text book not a novel – this one is a slightly less intense on that front which I at least found something of a relief. The book still explores some fascinating speculative, but plausible, science but it does so a li ...more
Ann Thomas
I picked this up on whim in a second hand shop and I was well into the book before I realised it is the second in a series. It didn't cause much problem. What did cause a problem was in the last half of the book when the mother went to do scientific research into DNA and viruses, and the father went to an archaeological dig. The discussions may have been factually accurate, but the jargon was unintelligible. The book even has a glossary at the end and a short biology primer. That is not what I w ...more
Greg Bear's style is clear and engaging, which really works for me. Darwin's Children seemed to have a more surreal feel to it than Darwin's Radio though. He dives into the difficult realm of trying to describe sensations that readers most likely have no analogue to. In that sense, the experience of reading this book less sharp and harder to interpret. Maybe less entertaining, but more thought provoking.

There were some things about the book that were a little off for me. I didn't really get what
Megan Brown
::spoilers:: I felt this book an unsatisfying follow-up to the first book, Darwin's Radio. I enjoy his narrative technique of jumping between character/location for each successive chapter -- it leaves the reader guessing and waiting for that moment when the 3 subplots will intersect (Kaye, Mitch, and Dicken). The first book satisfies that anticipation, while Darwin's Children strangely leaves one plot thread hanging and unconnected (what does ever happen to Dicken and the Shevite he rescues?). ...more
Darwin's Children is the second in the "Darwin" series by Greg Bear. The man has clearly done his research. The first book, Darwin's Radio, (which I have not written about previously) introduces us to the next step in the evolution of man, brought about by the activation of previously dormant sections of DNA resulting in a generation of children unlike those that came before. It's very science-heavy. Close enough to what might actually be possible to stay believable while being exciting enough t ...more
"Darwin's Children" by Greg Bear kept my interest but it was one of those Michael Crichton-type books where the author takes science and tries to project into the future what might happen. In this case the author makes a credible assertion that neo-Darwinism will create a new race of humans just as different as Neanderthals and Home Sapiens were different.

This is the sequel to "Darwin's Radio" which I read earlier and it ties up all the loose ends from the first book. If you will recall, two sci
Dans ce roman, on suit les aventures d'une ... famille américaine, dont la fille est une mutante. C'est-à-dire qu'il ne s'agit plus d'un homo sapiens classique, mais d'autre chose. Cette pauvre fille doit survivre dans un monde clairement hostile pour ces mutants, dont tout le monde a peur. Et bien sûr, cette ... famille, le père, la mère, et la fille, vont - quasiment à eux seuls - faire reculer les préjugés contr ces mutants.
Je gardais des précédents romans de cet auteur le souvenir d'un certa
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Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction.

A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.
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