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Shivering World

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A planet on the edge of life. A woman on the edge of hope.

Microbiologist Graysha Brady-Phillips accepts a hazardous position assisting in terraforming the planet Goddard, partly to get out of debt and partly in desperate hope. There's a chance that the colonists are conducting illegal genetic research, which could provide a cure for the genetic disorder slowly killing
Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Enclave (first published 1991)
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Becky B
The planet of Goddard is in just the beginning stages of terraforming. Current residents are the Gaea Consortium scientists working on getting the planet stable and the Lwuite colonists, a religious sect with all sorts of rumors about them. Graysha Brady-Phillips is the newest Gaea employee to arrive. Outwardly she’s there because the former soils specialist died and she needed a good paying job. Secretly she’s hoping that some of the rumors about the Lwuites are true and they do illegal genetic ...more
Kerry Nietz
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read quite a few of Kathy’s books over the last decade or so, but “Shivering World” is my new favorite. It is solid and compelling hard science fiction from beginning to end. The characters are multilayered, the setting feels legitimate, and the plot moves along at a steady pace. Even though the book is on the long side, it never felt superfluous, thin, or slow. Due to the demands on my time, it took longer to finish then I would’ve liked. Yet I never had a problem stepping right back into ...more
Katelyn Bolds
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enclave
Incredible hardcore science fiction tackling topics like genetics, terraforming, and outer-world politics. Tyers has a mastery over the concepts of world building and science that makes reading her work realistic and vibrant.
Engel Dreizehn
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC Copy...It was a long read but interesting read offering a complex narrative on the nature of the human self + spirit in relations to natural and the "unnatural" facets of radical genetic-engineering. I did like the female protagonist is very much strong in fortitude despite her genetic flaws and the workings behind the genetics feel solid.
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sci-Fi, genetic engineering, terraforming, and the ethics involved
Shelves: fantasysci-fi
To be honest, the five star rating is for the original version of the book-- the rewrite for the Christian market was still good, but as I've commented on her Firebird series, the prose is somehow changed with the rewrite. I had read the general market version first, which was on the preliminary list for the Nebula Awards or something like that. Beautiful hard science fiction, yet with a strong focus on characters and a lot of gene-tech and biological science (in other words, not just ...more
Jennifer Klenz
I haven't read any SF in a while but this wasn't bad. The world was interesting, the struggles seemed genuine and the characterization was also good. This books fits in an unusual category. I would call it Religious Science Fiction or perhaps Christian Science Fiction? The religious beliefs of the key characters became somewhat important. It only bothered me that talking about the Christian Lord in this universe so far removed from Earth felt rather to get published by this ...more
C.J. Darlington
Kathy Tyers has fast become one of my favorite authors, and she proves it again in each novel she writes. There's such depth in her science fiction. Sometimes I have to read the sentences carefully to keep track of the fictional names, but it's well worth it.
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to get into but very interesting when you do!
Laura Hill
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing: 3 Plot: 4 Characters: 4

Fast paced sci-fi novel about the various people involved in trying to create a new viable planet (Goddard) through terraforming in the year 2134. In this universe, gene manipulation is both illegal and considered a denial of “the perfection of God’s creation” by the Universal Church. However, the Hwuite colonists have long been suspected of maintaining the technology to do just that. Women form the majority of the governing bodies as men have been deemed “too
J.T. Stoll
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shivering World was an utterly fascinating read.

My favorite best part was the conflict at the center of the book. Graysha is dying of a genetic disorder, and her only hope is to get someone to fix her genes, which is outlawed. She goes to the Lwuites, who are rumored to have a genetic clinic. However, Graysha’s mom is the one in charge of prosecuting genetic engineers. So, even if Graysha can gain their trust, her mom will find out via genetic testing, and the Lwuites will lose everything. They
Kim  Gregory
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe it's over! I sure hope there is a sequel because we are left on a frozen planet with no hope of escape and enemies still out there!

I can't say that I always knew what was going on or where I was or who I was with in this story. There are a lot of characters and sometimes we went to another character for their part in the story and that's usually when I leave the story and lose interest, but not this time.

Graysha has a genetic disease and she is going to die young (well, for this
Kaitlyn M Carter_Author
Great, engaging sci fi. (Not my usual genre but I always enjoy books where genetics are involved)

I really fell in love with the characters. Their humanity in the otherwise distant, cold world of a barely taraformed planet really allowed the story to shine. I especially loved Graysha and Lindon, and Trev was a great addition.

I also loved how Christianity was portrayed in this story, I felt their faith and their struggle to believe, but the ending brought everything into hopeful perspective. Well
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very well written book. Great Characters, solid mystery thread. Needs a sequel though, or at least an extended ending.


It ended quite abruptly. We never found out about how things turned out for the heroes in the end, if they succeeded or failed, lived or died. And most of the villains get away. Only one who got taken down was the one who hardly did anything worth mentioning.
Jamie Downer
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been a long time fan of Kathy Tyers’ work and was delighted to read Shivering World. Definitely the more ‘hard science’ read of her books, I enjoyed seeing her explore the quandaries of what impact different technologies could have on humanity and how a more faith-based people group would navigate it. It left me pondering some ‘what ifs,’ which good science fiction should do. I would recommend this read!
This book just moved so slowly...I had to put it down twice and read something else for a while. I cared about the characters, but there was a lot of technology talk. Something of a mystery set in space, with many ethical questions arising, I was interested in the resolution, most of which were left for the reader to work out.
Marie Taylor
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this Christian SciFi. It was interesting and exciting. My only problem with the book was the ending. Not enough closure. Too many loose ends. So I sincerely hope she’s planning a sequel. I wanted to give it a 4.5 rating I can you do that? Couldn’t figure out how.
Laura Chambers
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This should be a TV series. It has everything you could want - danger, love, Christianity, treachery, hope, and science. :)

I wish this had a sequel. What happens next?
Lee Pfahler
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Could not get through it. I read 150 pages of it. I did not find it interesting enough.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Smart science fiction
Yvette - Bookworlder
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Rarely in Speculative Science Fiction do I find myself so quickly and so completely invested in a main character or her world. This is hard science fiction that focuses on personalities, relationships, politics, and faith while walking the fine lines between entertainment and commentary.

With much of the plot concerned with the danger the settlers are in should the truth of their genetic manipulations, Graysha's rare genetic disorder that has led her to the terraformed world of Goddard, and the
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Readers
Shelves: own
I picked this up because I really enjoyed Kathy Tyers' Firebird trilogy. I wasn't disappointed.

Once again Tyers dives me into a complicated world, an intricate plot, and intriguing characterization. I liked the main character. Her fire and determination to beat the odds against her make her inspiring. Her honesty and directness make her admirable and easy to relate to. I also appreciated the hero. He carries the mantle of leadership with strength and honor rarely seen, but his clear struggles
Kathy Tyers is an excellent writer, and it shows through in this book. I will admit that I enjoyed her Firebird series much more. That said, only a few pages into this one I was hooked. The plot is very intriguing and the characters are very engaging. It is definitely a Christian book with a Christian world view, but never overly so. I understand that this book was first written for a secular audience, and this edition is her rewrite for the Christian publishing field (i.e. Christian bookstores ...more
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasysci-fi
Ah! Here is the edition of this book which I actually liked. My review is under the other edition. May have to change that at some point...

Also, I've mentioned this book several times on my blog. Will probably write a more thorough discussion one of these days, but for now here are the links:
Mary Crow
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing, hardcore science fiction book! It honestly did take a little while to nestle into the world that the author was creating due to it being so unique. Once I got into it, though, I couldn't put it down! I love how she created a universe from the earth out, including creatures. Fascinating, indeed! If you LOVE sci-fi, this may be a book for you! This book is a Christian science fiction book, so if that is not something that you can stand to read, then it may not be a book for ...more
I read this book a while ago and, although good, the male character is very much like Brennen from Firebird. If you don't mind your guys being all the same wonderful kind, then this is a good book for you to read. Otherwise, he might be a little too perfect for you.
Excellent! Draws you into the relationships of a world that is so different, and yet has so many of the same kind of problems.
May 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just never warmed to the story but found it distant.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Not as good as Firebird. Very technological, hard to follow in some places. I think there were too many viewpoints for the book, and I'm not a fan of the ending, but it was ok
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She is the first child of Dr. H.C. Moore, an accomplished dentist and jazz musician who had served during WWII as a test pilot, and Barbara Putnam Moore, flutist with several California orchestras.

Kathy attended Montana State University in Bozeman, where she received a degree in microbiology, married, performed widely on her flute, and then became certified as a K-12 classroom teacher. After