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Tomorrow's Kin

(Yesterday's Kin Trilogy #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,131 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Tomorrow's Kin is the first volume in and all new hard SF trilogy by Nancy Kress based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday's Kin.

The aliens have arrived... they've landed their Embassy ship on a platform in New York Harbor, and will only speak with the United Nations. They say that their world is so different from Earth, in terms of gravity and atmosphere, that they cann
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Tor Books
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Joseph I was a little confused by this myself. Yesterday's Kin appears to have been published separately and composes Part 1 of of Tomorrow's Kin. If you've …moreI was a little confused by this myself. Yesterday's Kin appears to have been published separately and composes Part 1 of of Tomorrow's Kin. If you've read the first you can skip directly to Part 2 of the second.(less)

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Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-shelf, sci-fi
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!

I've read a lot of Nancy Kress, going way back to the Eighties and Nineties when she was a regular in Asimov. I'll be honest and say that I was amazed by her debut novels. Some of the later ones, though? Not so much. I know that this novel isn't going to get a super-glowing review, but I can tell you that it's solid novel. Very solid.

As with a lot of Kress, we get a lot of single or at most dual high-science concepts taken all the way as the grand arc for a novel,
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Tomorrow’s Kin is Kress’ expansion of her award-winning novella Yesterday’s Kin. The plot is a first contact/soft invasion story, in which aliens come to earth to warn humanity of an impending disaster and to help us develop the technology to stop it. There is a catch, of course (no spoilers here), that calls into question the aliens’ motives for helping us (or possibly, questions whether they are here to help us at all).
The premise of Tomorrow’s Kin is a strong one – worthy of Arthur C. Clarke
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Aliens have landed on Earth and stationed their ship at the New York Harbor. They've communicated that their own world is very different from Earth and they cannot leave their ship but are willing to talk with the United Nations about their arrival. This is of course causing a bit of fear and panic among citizens wanting to know more and why the aliens are here.

Dr. Marianne Jenner had made a discovery that got her name on the map but while attending a faculty event someone arrives stating that
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’m always up for a good tale of alien first contact, and Tomorrow’s Kin definitely fit the bill. Expanding upon the author’s Nebula Award-winning novella Yesterday’s Kin, this book is told in multiple sections, first chronicling the arrival of the extra-terrestrials before exploring the far-reaching repercussions in the latter parts of the novel.

It is New York City, sometime in the near future. Humanity now knows for cert
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-freebie, scifi
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Tomorrow’s Kin by Nancy Press is a first encounter science fiction story which expands on the author’s Nebula Award winning novella Yesterday’s Kin. While it has some explosive events and normal alien conspiracy elements to it, this story is more focused on its main character, Dr. Marianne Jenner, and the cutting-edge science at its heart.

Four months ago, an object heading toward Earth was discovered to be an alien spacecraft. Thankfully, the extraterrestrials
Everdeen Mason
So, this is more of a 2.5. From my column:
Tomorrow’s Kin, by Nancy Kress, starts off with a strong, intriguing angle. Theoretical geneticist Dr. Marianne Jenner makes a seemingly minor discovery that catches the interest of aliens camping out in New York. They inform her that she and a team of human scientists will be crucial in preventing a disaster in 10 months that could end humanity. The first half of the book swells with promise and interesting ideas, but by the middle, it grows soggy with
The Captain
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy me mateys! Grab your grog! Here is book 1 of the sixth installment of the 3 Bells trilogy showcase.

Well, this was not yer usual alien first contact story but it sure was engaging. To start with, the aliens are already on Earth when the book begins. In fact, they have been there for months and no one really knows what they want or why. Speculation is rampant. But the aliens will only deal with the UN and then only under specific guidelines. They say they come in peace.

The book follows Marian
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
2.5 Stars
I was originally very excited for the premise of this story, but unfortunately I was quite disappointed by the execution. The synopsis sounded very similar to the basic setup of Arrival/Story of Your Life. However, this book was completely different and it would be unfair to compare it to that masterpiece work.

For me, the downfall of this novel started with the marketing, which setup the wrong expectations for the reader. This book is advertised as hard science fiction, which was not at
This had a great premise but the story kinda loses focus about 40% in. It's ok and I'll read the next installment.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, gobbling it up, and cannot wait for book 2! 4.5 stars.

Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
A first encounter sci-fi story. Dr Marianne Jenner discovers something unusual in the human genome and receives an invite to visit an alien Embassy ship which is floating over New York Harbour. Here she discovers how her work relates to the aliens and an imminent disaster that is threatening the planet.

There was plenty of science in this book to keep me entertained, from genetics, physics, ecology etc. and aliens with possibly shady motives to give me the conspiracy theory thrill. I loved that t
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tomorrow's Kin is the first novel in a new trilogy expanding upon Nancy Kress' excellent Nebula Award-winning novella Yesterday's Kin. The first third is the previously published story, and the rest of the novel follows what happens after the end of the original novella. Though I did think the novella was the strongest part, I found the novel as a whole to be smart and engaging. I also enjoyed following the main protagonist, Dr. Marianne Jenner, a mother, grandmother, and geneticist who makes an ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A mature female scientist protagonist who is a grandmother who works. She isn't/ hasn't been a perfect mom, or maybe she has ? She hasn't been the perfect wife or girlfriend, or maybe she has ? She isn't/ hasn't been the perfect friend or co-worker, or maybe she has ? Why is it so hard to know? Because life's not perfect and neither are the people we love, depend on, armoire or even envy. Why? Because good days follow bad days, but sometimes not in that order. She's a unique heroine and i'm glad ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book in a trilogy. Nancy Kress is a science fiction author I have a lot of respect for. She writes good "touchy-feely" science fiction.
This book is a good representative of her work.

Sorry. I have written a lot of reviews lately and am tired. I bought this book, so don't feel the need to give it a thorough examination.
Chris Cormier
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Great, realistically flawed characters. An truly uncommon protagonist. Great book!
Taylor Ramirez
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Very enjoyable, very intelligent book. Great protagonist - a 50-ish woman scientist, who likes sex, makes mistakes, and seems like a very real person.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoyed the book a lot, and a big part of that was because I could relate to the main character. She is an academic, so am I. She does basically obscure research that no one outside her field cares about, which occasionally (and apparently randomly) gets a lot of public attention. That's my job in a nutshell. She also has to deal with a lot of bullshit from people who should really know better, or who should at least be more considerate. Welcome to my life.

I found the story very engaging, and
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting tale of humanities first contact with alien life. I liked the narrative but I found the many of the characters rather flat. The author also continuously pulled on stereotypes of black folks in order to create the character of Sissy.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is really three novels in one: An "Earth's first encounter with aliens" story, an "ecological apocalypse" story, and a "intrigue with space battle" story. It's dark, particularly the middle part, but it's pretty entertaining if you can surf the shift in stories. Nancy Kress is talented enough to make such surfing pretty easy and I admire the scope of the effort. I particularly appreciate the closure at the end with enough open window for a sequel - no mean feat. ...more
Matthew Galloway
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-contact, sci-fi
I think this is the sort of novel that will work for people who like idea focused, harder sci-fi.

As you can probably guess from my rating, that's not really me. I need characters I can really latch onto and care about. Unfortunately for me, most of the many characters introduced are walk-on parts, and they are shuffled out of the story one way or another. Marianne is the main POV character, but I had a hard time connecting with her. Now, part of this may be because the structure of the story me
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Tomorrow’s Kin is the first in a new sci-fi series by Nancy Kress. It opens with a mystery, of sorts – an alien spaceship sat at anchor near the United Nations. But there’s more than first contact at stake.

The world as we know it has changed. Well, a little, anyway. At the start of Tomorrow’s Kin, the social geography feels familiar. New York is still New York – a thriving city of millions, going about its business in a way that the reader is broadly
Amy Softa
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a couple of books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed both of them, in fact, the first book that I read was Yesterday’s Kin. The book that this series is based upon or is a continuation of. I thought the cover looked familiar when requesting it so I dug a little deeper and discovered the connection and became concerned for a moment that I was about to read the same book twice. The page count was different so I decided to continue and see what was different.

I have to confess I did ski
I knew whe I started that this was the first book expanding on Kress's novella Yesterday's Kin, so no shock that the first 1/3 was close to re-reading that novella. (Aliens make first contact.) Kress specializes in bio-science fiction, and even though there are aliens, this is no exception, though she's also tossed in a bit of climate change. The 2nd third reprises some themese Kress previously explored in Beggars in Spain (or Bear did in Darwin's Radio), and the final third gets a bit of action ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sf
This is an expanded version of the novella Yesterday's Kin. I read part of it and when I'd realized I'd mostly read it already, I stopped. ...more
Jamie Larnach
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found Tomorrow's Kin to be a compelling read. A great first contact adventure with likeable and complex characters.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I liked several things about this book but other things didn't really make sense to me. The rest is a spoiler so click below if you want to see that.

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Mal Warwick
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
In most first contact stories, human meets alien, and then something happens. Whether the aliens are evil or benign, the tale centers on whatever happens in their interaction. That's not the case in Tomorrow's Kin, the first volume in Nancy Kress's engrossing Yesterday's Kin Trilogy. The contact between Terrans and Denebs in the novel is obviously key to the story. But this is hard sci-fi about evolutionary biology. Science is central to the tale. And the book focuses squarely on the psychology ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review and others posted over at my blog.

Thank you to Tor for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

I figured I would enjoy this book (otherwise, what’s the point of requesting it?) but I didn’t think I’d be as absorbed as I was!

Environmental and medical based sci-fi is a subgenre that I’m still exploring (see: Mira Grant) and one that I’m really coming to love. This is a story about peaceful alien contact, yet it’s also about political and social divides, ecolo
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, fiction, audiobooks
This book has a good premise and a decent story structure; the biggest problem with it is that the characters and milieu are frankly depressing and a usually at least a bit unpleasant (though I suppose that is at least partially the point of the book).

Between this and the Sleepless trilogy, I am starting to categorize Nancy Kress along with Robert Charles Wilson as solid writers who specialize in realistic, mildly depressing near-future science fiction, seen from the point of view of a character
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Nancy Kress is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella Beggars in Spain which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clar ...more

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