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(Idlewild #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,386 ratings  ·  105 reviews
In the wake of the microbial plague that decimated the world, the bioengineered children of Idlewild have spent the last eighteen years raising the next generation to inherit the Earth-a generation both human and post-human, divided into factions by the genetics used to create them. But as the factions clash over the future of humanity, an even deadlier contagion rises fro ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Roc (first published August 19th 2004)
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Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This was a pick off the shelves. Pull quote fromGaiman, Neil sold me.

I didn't realize this is the second book - before I knew that I was pretty curious about the implied history.

I'm a little torn on my rating; the premise is fascinating, but, man, I struggled to read this because most of the characters are terrible, awful people and I didn't like them. The worst ones are teenagers, so they have some excuse for being narcissistic jerks. But it was still tough for me to plow through their diary e
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Really enjoyed this followup to Idlewild. I kept "reading just one more section". Very captivated by it.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just as good as the first one, maybe better actually. I really like the mix of philosophy and pacing of the plot. Going to start the final book in the trilogy tonight.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: futuristic
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
May 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, ya
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Paul Game
Apr 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Forced to skim read due to my curiosity. A stronger person would have cut their losses.
Cheryl Minekime
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give this one 4 stars or maybe 4.5. Set 18 years after Idlewild, this book starts out rather fragmented. Halloween remains a hermit in North America while Champagne and Vashti have joined forces in Europe and have created and genetically modified a brood of "post human" female children that are supposed to be as immune to Black Ep as they are themselves. Meanwhile, philosophical differences have kept Isaac in North Africa, cloning "traditional" humans from the DNA of frozen Gedaechtnis employe ...more
ken mathewson
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And time passes

I wasn't sure what to expect out of the second book. Honestly I was perfectly satisfied with Hal peacing out with both middle fingers raised at the end of the first, leaving humanity to just die out entirely.

But that is not the case.

Many of the characters are one note, but it's a good story and I enjoyed following it.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed the 1st bk and waited too many years to do this one, would have been more enjoyable had i done it right away- but can't wait to do the next one to see what happens,!
Michael Nalbone
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Teenagers are evil.
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good/original as the first but well worth the read.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
was getting batter as we fallowed the adults. the went back fo focusing on the teens.
Jasmine Scholz
I didn't like it as much as the first, but I highly enjoy Sagan's style of writing. Worth reading. I'm excited to finish the trilogy.
Not as good as the first book in the series but still fun to see the world built out.
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
S.A. Parham
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
May 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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"No one ever proved to me why we're so fucking great. Why s216353hould we be at the top of the food chain? If we die out, some other animal just takes our place. That's as it should be. Maybe it was our turn to go. But we didn't. Maybe our existence ruined Nature's plan."

3/5 stars

Pandora, Haji, Penny, and their families all live on Earth after a disease called Black Ep killed the last generation of pure humans. Now, everyone left on Earth
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
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
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
Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Apr 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: parent-s-library
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
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
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Isabel (kittiwake)
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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