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Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress
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Nov 15, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction
Read in November, 2009

Nancy Kress again probes the science, culture, and politics of genetic engineering. An engaging and gripping story of aliens (only visible in one brief scene) who apparently "wronged" humanity, umm, 10,000 years ago. Now they have come back to "atone."

They want volunteers to bear witness to the nature of what they did. How do they select people? Well, like anyone else these days, they put up a web site with application form. Cute. (Reader is left to wonder how they registered the domain name...)

What is interesting is that the 3 central characters highlighted in the novel among those chosen are ordinary, far from heroic and in many regards, not that pleasant folks. Some reviews dumped on this: fate of humanity books should feature heroic or at least "nice" characters. The story worked better this way, and they grow on you as the intrigue unfolds.

Loved the book. Hadn't read anything by NK in a while, and will now look for more.

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