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Hybrids (Neanderthal Parallax #3)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  4,096 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
In the Hugo-Award winning Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer introduced a character readers will never forget: Ponter Boddit, a Neanderthal physicist from a parallel Earth who was whisked from his reality into ours by a quantum-computing experiment gone awry - making him the ultimate stranger in a strange land.

In that book and in its sequel, Humans, Sawyer showed us the Neandertha
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Tor Science Fiction (first published September 1st 2003)
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Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Hybrids is the final volume in Robert J. Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax Trilogy and I have to say... the series really degenerated from a promising start. While this book is better than the second book, it's not as good as the first. The problem is Sawyer's characters. I feel as though Sawyer writes his novels in the same way an academic writes a paper. He has done all of this research into paleoanthropology and primatology and now he's assigned each characters aspect of society that he wants to ...more
I started my review of Hominids, the first book, by saying it was a pretty good start to the trilogy. Not great, but pretty good, and ultimately a little disappointing because a Hugo-winner should be better than, well, pretty good. Now I’ve finished the trilogy and Hybrids is solid ending. Not great, but, well, solid. Still I don’t feel the minor disappointment I felt with the first book because my expectations had been lowered from great to average, so reading a nice, solid ending was satisfyi ...more
Bruce Kroeze
Oct 04, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I could not finish this book. This book is literally the single worst SF book I have tried to read in a decade.

The characters? Abysmal, cardboard cutouts who go on rants which last pages. Worse than Ayn Rand, worse than Arthur C. Clark.

The ideas? Nothing new at all. Just more of the same. Neanderthals are smarter, nicer, more moral, and all-around-better than Homo Sapiens. Their world is unspoiled, ours is a hell hole.

The political ideas?

- Eugenics are great. It would benefit society to force-s
Beth Quittman
Feb 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The conclusion to a bafflingly successful series. The author descends to new depths of misandry as he demonstrates how all the world's violence and problems are because of men and/or religion. Meanwhile the Neaderthal utopia is a Nazi's dream, with 24-hour surveillance, forced sterilization, and eugenics. I'm still not sure if this is tongue in cheek or obliviousness. I would assume it was commentary but the heavy-handedness of the rape subplots lead to believe it may very well be straight up.

May 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
The most cringe worthy book I have EVER read. This series started off with an interesting concept but proved to be totally repulsive. It's like the author crammed a bunch of- ill give him this- actual scientific theories together with awful plot lines and character dialogue making one huge awkward mess. This last one was by far the worst. I really don't see how an extremely uncomfortably graphic depiction of a woman's rape in the first book was remotely necessary, unless you count the ridiculous ...more
Ben Babcock
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Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book discovered a plot rather late in the narrative.
J L's Bibliomania
Meh. Hybrids had some good moments, but overall a flawed end to this story arc.

I'm glad I took the time to complete the trilogy, but I'm underwhelmed.

Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
As far as series endings go, this book was not that bad. I really had very little hope for this book after finishing the second book in this trilogy, Humans. But I found the first one entertaining enough to see how this train wreck was going to end. was an ending, and Mr. Sawyer did try to address at least one of my complaints about the second book. In this third book, we see the darker side of the Neanderthal justice system, it is only good if people report a problem, so what is done behind clo ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book three of the Hominids trilogy. Our human female and neanderthal male protagonists decide to use technology to have a baby, and a dastardly human plots the extinction of the neanderthals and colonization of their world.

Hybrids is aptly named as it mixes a lot of win with a lot of silliness.

1) The wonderfully logical neanderthal civilization. Sawyer imagined a technologically advanced hunter-gatherer society, as opposed to our agricultural society. It's tremendously different but all of
D.L. Morrese
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
The third book in The Neanderthal Parallax series returns to the soft science fiction theme of two cultures colliding. This final book has a single antagonist, a racist (or would it be species-ist?) bigot who wants to take the unexploited and unpolluted Neanderthal world for Homo sapiens. Of course to do so will involve a minor case of genocide but he has the tools and he has the technology, kindly provided by the Neanderthals themselves. Mary, the geneticist heroine from the last book, has to s ...more
R. Michael Litchfield
Sep 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Is it accurate to consider a book disappointing when you really don't expect much from the writer? Hybrids was the most lame of the trilogy, actually that's not fair, hominids was actually pretty good and humans was better than most of the other Sawyer books I've read but this was just a mess. The characters were flat and lifeless, they seemed to stumble around on his stage with no real point or purpose and on the whole it was a struggle to give a damn about them. The only excitement was at the ...more
Tidy ending with a (view spoiler), but it's safe to say that Sawyer has thoroughly exhausted what he could offer based on this premise by the third volume in the trilogy.

Everyone in these novels seems to use extremely short and simple declarative sentences, even when they aren't trying to communicate across a language and species barrier. I have no idea if this is a deliberate stylistic choice and what if anything it means, but I suppose one might try them out on a
B Kevin
Sep 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This was a disappointing end to a rather preachy series. I think the plot really fell apart in the end. If you thought 'Lost' (the TV series) ended well, you will like this. If you think 'Lost' was a cop-out, so was this.
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
A weak ending, as Sawyer moves away from the compelling ideas of the first two books into (regrettably characteristic) didacticism, stripping his characters of what little depth they had in favour of driving his points home with as much blunt force as possible.
Aug 12, 2010 added it
Shelves: read-in-2010
A solid ending to an excellent trilogy, marred a bit by uneven pacing between action and exposition towards the end, a touch too much of deus ex, and a complex plot issues being resolved a bit too neatly. That noted, this is great biological sci-fi, and is recommended.
Mar 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: borrowed
I don't recommend it.
Scott Thrift
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Again, I wished he would tell the story and skip the sermon. The danger of speculative fiction is always the author's visions getting in the way of plot.
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
So I actually finished the third part of the trilogy. I'd love to write a review but I am afraid that I am still busy tying and gagging my inner anthropologist.
VanGogh's Beard
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
If you enjoyed the Twilight novels, you will enjoy this series.
What did I think? Well, when he's got the pacing right, Sawyer is a pretty good writer. His premise is an interesting one. I think this story will prove to be memorable. I don't regret reading this, and would probably mention it as an also ran to someone looking for a good new SF series.

That being said: Sawyer has an ax to grind, and no hesitation about spending page after paging telling you about it. His trope is that religion and testosterone are the cause of all ills, if we could cure mankind
Scott Jann
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
The Neanderthal Parallax consists of three books which take us through the story of Mary Vaughn and the Neanderthal Ponter Boddit. If I had to pick a favorite book, it would be the first of the series, but it made me want to read the complete trilogy so I wouldn’t recommend reading only one of the books.

The story was great science fiction, in that it gave great insight into our present-day world. The author showed many contrasting points about the Neanderthal which made commentary on religion, o
Richard Schwindt
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I guess we will never know what dramas took place when Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals hung out on the same turf. Likely it was ugly but we stayed and they went, though Ozzie Osbourne apparently retains some of their DNA. Sawyers trilogy has fascinated me from the beginning; it is a work of great imagination that in the end plays with a different paradigm of what humanity could be. In that way it is a bit of a Utopian/Dystopian hybrid. Maybe in a better world we could all be bisexual, chasing down ...more
R.L. Manson
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant series of novels. The story affected me deeply somehow, in a way that I don't really understand. It wasn't just the great characters or the roller-coaster plot or the authenticity of the science; there was something very disturbing about the way Sawyer explored the essence of human beings. Maybe it awakens our Neanderthal genes or something, but in any case it certainly made a lasting impression on me.
Debi Robertson
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The third and final in the series. I really had difficulty believing in the main character Mary this time. For someone who was supposed to be so religious I found it difficult to reconcile the things she did. Another excellent book by Sawyer. He really makes you think about things, decisions and peoples' motives. Love it.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Great conclusion to the trilogy.
How you can tell the age of a book: There was a section where a character pondered the fact that whilst there were evil men in the world, such as rapists, it was also filled with compassionate and admirable men such as Gandhi, and Bill Cosby.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scifi, series, novel
Trying to read more of this series. Still not loving the writing and finding it hard to read through; needs editing.
Al Saganich
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Not the best of the three, too much social justice thrown in, but worth the time for sure!
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male
This book was good, it had me enthralled into the mystery of what might happen if this or that happen, oh no what if they do this other thing! it was good
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robert J. Sawyer is one of Canada's best known and most successful science fiction writers. He is the only Canadian (and one of only 7 writers in the world) to have won all three of the top international awards for science fiction: the 1995 Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment, the 2003 Hugo Award for Hominids, and the 2006 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan.
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