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If Tomorrow Comes

(Yesterday's Kin Trilogy #2)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  464 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Nancy Kress returns with the sequel of Tomorrow's Kin, part of an all-new hard SF trilogy based on a Nebula Award-winning novella

Ten years after the Aliens left Earth, humanity has succeeded in building a ship, Friendship, in which to follow them home to Kindred. Aboard are a crew of scientists, diplomats, and a squad of Rangers to protect them. But when the Friendship arr
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Tor Books (first published March 2018)
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Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I think I understand why some reviewers weren’t crazy about this book. It’s true that the series is a bit more of usual fare vs some of Kress’ more original stories. None-the-less the characters are well developed- mostly we are in the minds of three: a thirteen year old boy who is conflicted about where he fits in, a middle-aged doctor reviewing his choices and a young adult in the military who is adaptive and slowly learns to question assumptions and his less adaptive commander. There is actio ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-freebie, scifi
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

My rating is 2.5 stars.

If Tomorrow Comes by Nancy Kress is the follow-up to Tomorrow’s Kin and the second installment in the Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy. Since there isn’t any way to review this book without giving away spoilers for the first book, I have to warn you now not to continue reading if you haven’t finished book one.

A decade ago Earth was changed by the arrival of aliens. Not only did these being give warning of a coming “spores” plague, but they also le
Britta Böhler
Unfortunately not as good as part 1, more of a re-hash in a different location. Pity. Here's to hoping that part 3 (which will come out in November) will be better.
The Captain
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy me mateys! Grab your grog! Yesterday I reviewed the first book of the series. Here be book 2 of the sixth installment of the 3 Bells trilogy showcase.

I loved book two more than the first book! In this version ye get to read about the alien’s home planet, World, and what happens when a diplomatic mission from Earth arrives there. The most I can give ye without spoilers . . . craziness!

I absolutely loved readin’ about World’s culture and how the humans from Earth are completely wrong about wh
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 Stars - Liked it but thought it was not as good as Tomorrow's Kin, especially the part comprised of the previously published novella Yesterday's Kin.

If Tomorrow's Kin excels at ideas and imagining how the world of Kindred could have developed its society, but parts of its execution could have been stronger and it was not as engrossing as the previous book in the trilogy. I thought its biggest weakness was featuring such a large cast of characters without providing enough satisfying charact
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved Tomorrow's Kin and I was so excited to read its follow up. This time we spend time on the visitors' planet of World or Kindred and Kress's descriptions of society on that planet are fascinating. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Yikes zero stars.
This is a terrible book.
Full of liberal racism and cultural appropriation.
First of all, it regurgitates many commonly believed falsehoods in our society: that conservatives want a smaller government. Um no, smaller government would mean abortion was legal, same sex marriage was legal, transgender would be no big deal cause the government can't dictate your gender. What conservatives want is THEIR belief system applied to everyone, regardless of that human beings individual
Jim Higgins
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This second novel in Kress's trilogy blends genetic and biomedical drama (a Kress specialty) with intense conflict on a distant planet. Very satisfying.
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although the book was a bit confusing at first (too many characters to start off with, and a teaser intro that doesn't get resolved for quite a long time), the plot picked up as it went along. Kress has a good vision of how an alternative human society could have developed, and how that society might hold up to a world-threatening crisis. It's also a medical/science thriller, and a story about loyalty, family, prejudice, and hard choices.
Jun 12, 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.

The sequel to Tomorrow's Kin didn’t disappoint. Kress kept it fresh with a new setting and some new characters, but a few familiar faces turn up.

Dr. Jenner joins the crew of the Friendship on the first expedition to Kindred, known as World by the people who inhabit it, the planet the “aliens” came from over a decade ago. Disaster strikes before Dr. Jenner and the
As I mentioned in my review of Tomorrow's Kin, I'm a Nancy Kress fan. I really liked the first book in the trilogy. This one, though, I found disappointing. It was okay. Some aspects were interesting and, at the end, I stayed up late finishing it. It dragged enough and was unpleasant enough in the middle, though, that I considered not finishing it.

My main issue was probably characters. I didn't like most of them. We switched between various points of view. One I liked well enough, two more were
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
The last book suffered from thin characters, and this one focused on them. The plot didn't excite me, and I think the anti-tech tone recent Kress books have taken have hurt them, because she is really good at writing about tech. Will probably read the next one for completeness' sake, but I'm fine waiting.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok its Nancy Kress, but really, I ended up skimming. Sorta boring. And honestly Nancy, deus ex machina? Hmm...
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second in a cleverly conceived hard science fiction series that melds satisfying characterization with challenging considerations of the contemporary issues of the environment and xenophobia.
Ralph Ambrose
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very well done.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Three stars because I really like the premise and the focus on science BUT, (1) as with the first book, the author dedicates one story line to a boy, and as with many US authors, kids can't die even if it would make sense in terms of narrative. Also, somehow, here as well, a boy is the big solver of the plot. That's just uninteresting and boring. And, that boy drugs up and kidnaps a woman who just happens to be petite and drags her to become part of some creepy harem and can't understand when th ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Like the first of the Yesterday's Kin books, this book promises more than it delivers. We see Marianne again, this time far away from home, along with a ragtag bunch of surviving Rangers and scientists. What ensues is a race against time while the military dudes strut around with stereotypical bravado, hardheaded stubbornness, and simple stupidity that isn't really argued against by the rest of the group. It's a potluck of tropes.

The story here is interesting but nothing groundbreaking. The int
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
All a matrilineal society that lives in harmony with nature needs is a hot male soldier with a gun.
3 stars, Metaphorosis Reviews

In a ship built according to a Kindred template, humans have come to explore the Kindred World’s mysterious nature and history. But they’ve brought soldiers, violence, and human nature with them.

Rather surprisingly, I haven’t read anything by Nancy Kress before – not even Beggars in Spain, though I did pick it up a while back. Somehow, her themes have just never sparked my interest. When I saw the chance to read this, I thought I should finally give
Morgan Dhu
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
If Tomorrow Comes, the second novel in Nancy Kress’ Yesterday’s Kin trilogy, begins about ten years after the conclusion of the first book. Earth has survived the spore cloud, but at great cost - in some regions, notably Russia/Central Asia, as many as 30 percent of the population have died due to mutations that disabled the immunity to the disease in most humans. Some animal species have been decimated, causing ecological chaos. Some humans want to reach out to their cousins on World - now call ...more
Mal Warwick
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Ten years have passed since the events in Tomorrow's Kin, the first book in Nancy Kress's trilogy about the arrival on Earth of the "Denebs." Now, at the outset of the highly anticipated science fiction sequel, If Tomorrow Comes, the United States has finally launched a starship to the Denebs's home world. But it's clear the trip will not go smoothly; after a vague warning in the Prologue, and a succession of shocks soon after takeoff, we're left in little doubt. The twenty-one people on board t ...more
Amy Softa
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I was given the opportunity to read and review the upcoming release from the Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy I jumped all over it. I loved the first book! I appreciate the complex characters, moral dilemmas, and real science (as far as my liberal arts educated mind can tell) that Ms. Kress uses to weave her story. So I cleared my reading calendar and sat down to see what happen next in If Tomorrow Comes.

If you are or have picked up this book without reading the first in the trilogy I think that you
Martin Phillips
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd volume of this story did not disappoint. Kress' writing is so amazingly tight, I love letting her tell me a story! The story basically starts off where the 1st book left off. Earth humans have the tech to build the Kindred starships, but it's costly. One starship gets built by the American's and they build a team, including Marianne of course, and they set off to Kindred. But someone is aboard who is not all they claim to be, or maybe more than they claim to be, and has motives of their ...more
Natasha Hurley-Walker
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I felt the same disappointment with this that the Terran explorers would have felt when they arrived at World.(view spoiler)I did understand and indeed enjoy that she was doing something different, setting up a completely different utopia(view spoiler), and I am 100% in agreement about the need for bu^ka^tel on our own planet. But this w ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of the reviews, and I think I understand why this book isn't doing better--Kress refuses to give in anywhere in a time when that's what people expect. We have over-the-top Rangers who are nonetheless neither heroes nor villains--so our reviewers see heroes or villains because that is what they want. Some characters play to type, in a time when it is expected for them not to. Some characters do not play to type, and that is either too much or not enough.

Kress mostly walks this line s
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm glad I read this and am looking forward to the third book in the trilogy, but I got a little frustrated by some of the characters in this one. The military aspect in this book was off-putting to me (although perhaps these characters were true to life? I don't know) in a story that takes place on another world (although inhabited with humans). I just didn't see the military part (a small number of soldiers tasked with "protecting" the people from Earth) as credible, frankly. For example, ther ...more
Jenny Yates
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This is pretty standard adventure sci-fi, a quick and fairly satisfying read. Once again, I read the second book in a series without reading the first, so maybe I would’ve been more invested in the characters if I’d read the first.

There’s plenty of plot tension in this one. A ship from earth lands on a distant planet, with certain assumptions. They thought the natives would be friendly, and that the technology would be more advanced than their own. Well, no.

So there they are, with their spaces
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
If Tomorrow Comes does a great job of raising the stakes as high as possible, practically torturing the characters--offering lots of suspense and large pay-offs. Given that, it's hard for me to express why I had problems keeping interested in the middle of this book (although I'm glad I plowed through to the end).

I think the issue is that Kress has A LOT of POV characters: Marianne (the primary POV from the last book), Salah, Isabelle, Austin, and Leo. This is just too many for this story. I th
Gena Kukartsev
Mar 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Stopped at 30%. I lost interest and did not find it engaging and thought provoking enough to keep going. This is the second part of a trilogy-to-be, the past party published yet.

The first part was exciting, with aliens, cool biology, some tech, interesting characters. It took place on Earth with aliens visiting, dangerous space spores coming, existential threat and human conflict.

This second part takes place on the aliens' world, which turns out to be backwater, conservative, underdeveloped. Ev
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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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