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Terran Tomorrow: Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, Book 3

(Yesterday's Kin Trilogy #3)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  52 reviews

Nancy Kress returns with Terran Tomorrow the final book in the thrilling hard SF trilogy based on the Nebula Award–winning novella Yesterday's Kin

The diplomatic mission from Earth to World ended in disaster, as the Earth scientists discovered that the Worlders were not the scientifically advanced culture they believed. Though they brought a limited quantity of the vacc

Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Tor Books
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Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Just slightly under 4 stars.

Terran Tomorrow is the third book in Nancy Kress’ new trilogy. I have been a fan of her other novels for many years because of her intricate plots, well written characters and the thought experiments that drive the plots.

In book two, If Tomorrow Comes, much of the plot occurs on World- a planet circling a distant where other humans live in peaceful harmony with their environment. Earth humans come to visit and share scientific knowledge but bring along a military es
The Captain
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy me mateys!  Grab your grog!  On Wednesday, I reviewed book one.  Yesterday, I reviewed book two.  Here be book 3, the conclusion, of the sixth installment of the 3 Bells trilogy showcase!  Also, I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

While book two remains me favourite, I had to admit that this was a satisfying ending to the trilogy.  Marianne and gang are back on Earth.  However, the Earth they come back to doesn't re
Britta Böhler
After the somewhat weaker 2nd book, the third part is a strong and satisfying ending of the series.
The conclusion to this fascinating trilogy is a little heavy on deus ex machinae, and I would have loved more focus on Kindred/World culture, as there was in the second book. Still hard to put down, though.
Sep 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really, I'm just glad to be done with this trilogy. It promised a lot and delivered very little.

This book is all about military this, military that. All that world building from the first book goes largely wasted in this story that's all about interpersonal and group conflict.

Worst of all was the ending. (view spoiler)
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This book really grabbed me. Once I was a third of the way in, I couldn't put it down--stayed up way late finishing it. It helped that I read it immediately after the second book in the trilogy, so the people and events were fresh in my mind.

Due to time dilation, the ship from World arrives on Earth 28 years after the Earth people left, even though they spent only a few months on World. Scientist Marianne Jenner is returning on the ship, with four others who made the original trip and five peopl
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ecology was sort of wonky (like, the wrong sort of trees unless the climate changed a LOT, etc) which of course no one else will notice. The ending seemed kind of odd to me in that another solution less dramatic could have worked too instead of this 'ping pong' one. But i'll leave it at that. 3.5 stars ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good solid stuff. You need to start at book 1.
Carol Kean
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Kress is a masterful writer, nailing Point of View and character with the depth and succinctness we expect in literary, not speculative, fiction. Not that I'm one of those who think science fiction cannot be literary.

This novel tends more toward "literary" than space opera, which means for me that it doesn't have the taut pacing and suspense of "Yesterday's Kin," a masterpiece. I love that novella. The mother and her three offspring hits close to home for me, a mother of three, no two of t
Natasha Hurley-Walker
Marginally more interesting than Tomorrow's Kin, but still somewhat dull. Almost the entire book takes place inside a pair of military-occupied domes, and the plot is the same as before: unknown virus is taking people out of action, and this provokes a frantic quest to defeat it before $external_event happens. 90% of this is occurs via Jason sitting at his desk and various people knocking on his door and then expositing the plot to him, while he gets tired, headache-y, horny, etc. Yawn.

The char
Jim Higgins
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very satisfying conclusion to this SF trilogy.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good to read in this time of Covid-19!
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book of the trilogy.
If you've read the first two books with interest, I won't give anything away here other than to say: you need to have read the first two books to really understand much of what is going on here.
Things I liked about this series: the focus on science, particularly biology; the frightening "near future" elements of the story; the leanness of the story (I seem to have read so many bloated books lately). On the other hand, the books were way more militaristic than I wou
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TERRAN TOMORROW makes for a satisfying conclusion to Nancy Kress's Yesterday's Kin trilogy, by which I mean to say she's unerringly consistent in voice, tone, characterization, and world-building. All three books are, on some level, about engaging with the Other and reconciling the Other with existing social structures, and this book is no different. As with the previous installments, I found myself drifting rather quickly through the middling portions, as reliant as they are on play-by-plays of ...more
David Lies
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Nancy Kress has stolen our imaginations away by diving even farther into the science fiction of genetics, human evolution and theoretical divergence of the Human species. This final narrative in the yesterday’s kin trilogy left me wondering, why stop here. With so many questions left to be explored and so many characters with stories just unfolding and the now famous Marian Jenner still alive long beyond her rightful Terran years. This book hosted a multitude of new angles that made m ...more
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May 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This trilogy was worth sticking to because of the characters. The concepts and ideas were great and the tension did maintain all the way through but the first book was the best. I enjoyed this book but it felt like set up for what comes after and the what comes after the end is much more interesting to me than this story. Like I do enjoy an ending that leaving thinking about what the character's like is/will be like now that this "episode" has concluded. But there's too much other that here, thi ...more
Cecily Winter
Although I love the idea of this book, its biological science, and its space-science, the first half of this third part of the trilogy was muddy with dozens of names and not improved by sudden jumps from the point of view of one character to another to another. About halfway through, the narrative smoothed out, and I read the last section more or less in one night.
I do love genetics and have read quite extensively on modern currents, but the biologists in the novel tend to speak jargon rather th
Earl Truss
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read three trilogies by Nancy Kress now - Sleepless, Probability, and Yesterday's Kin. All three seem to be quite similar especially Probability and Yesterday's Kin. Not so much that I'm sorry I've read them but they did at times remind me of the others. The structure of the trilogies was also similar. The first of each was interesting enough that I was convinced to read the other books. The middle one was weaker but not with enough flaws to make me not want to read the last book. The last ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I have had mixed feeling about this series from the start. I loved the novella Yesterday Kin. Was less than thrilled with the first book and felt more of the same about book two. Terran Tomorrow was not at all what I expected. Nancy Kress is good at throwing curve balls in her plots and she threw more than one in this final book of the trilogy. That is all I an going to say as anything else would have to include spoilers.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Kristy Conn
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite installment of the Yesterday's Kin trilogy. It has more of an emphasis on disease, genetics and evolutionary biology which might be a disappointment to some SF fans but I absolutely loved the science presented in this novel. This novel wraps up the series in a satisfying way that makes perfect sense when you think about it. I especially enjoyed the reveal at the end regarding the mysterious super-aliens that brought up so many questions throughout the first two books in the ...more
This was probably the weakest of the series but it does wrap up the mystery of what happened 450,000 years ago. A small number of the main characters make it back to earth but earth has been rendered to a apocalyptic state of continual war and with most of the cities destroyed. The action centers around one small outpost in Monterey California where the US Army still has a small base. I don't want to spoil it but you meet some new characters and some of the old ones are still in the story. It wa ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terran Tomorrow is the final book in Kress's Yesterday's Kin trilogy and it finishes off the trilogy very well. It could stand alone, but I think if you don't read the previous books you will be missing out.

One of the things I liked about it was it was unpredictable. It wasn't obvious what was going to happen next. This applies to the trilogy as well because although this is the last book, there is room to go on. Or may be not, because it is also a great place to stop.

A trilogy where every book
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book of the trilogy. It provides what I think is a very powerful conclusion to the entire story arc. It keeps on the sciency aspect of the whole story, which was my favorite aspect of this series. Character development was always a bit of "meh" for me and here too, the main character of the first book takes a back seat. But overall, I read all three books back to back because they are engrossing. ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if the revelation at the end of the book was suppose to be a surprise but it was not and I would have liked the story to have continued to include the circumstances of book two. However, in spite of that, (and yes, I am hard on endings) I enjoyed the characters, the story itself, the ecological involvement, scientific extrapolations and the general inclusion of the various forms of the human condition.
Terri Shields
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The tension was high as were the stakes in the 3rd book of this trilogy. I felt like the direction she moved the story was believable and, as in the previous two books, she twisted a horrible situation into a blessing. I felt that the suspense and tension was built so very high that, by the end, it tumbled and fell down a hill and the story kind of broke apart. The loose ends were hurriedly tied up and ending was mostly made up of narrative.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, foolscap-goh
When the travelers to World return to Earth, things have changed so much that this is almost a stand-alone novel. Except that Margaret's character is much richer for having lived through the first book with her; I'm not sure new readers would understand all her motivations. But I liked how Kress is willing to upend thing, and I'm amazed at how understable characters such as Jason were to me. ...more
The third installment of this series shows a world with a lot of troubles. Having a goldfish memory, I couldn't quite figure out why, but I also felt like the portrayal of human nature (or at least Terran nature) was particularly bleak. Always fight fight fight. Seems like there might be some answers way out there in the universe... more books? ...more
Martin Phillips
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The finale of this trilogy was quite good. Not much actual science going on other than some biology and genetics, but the story itself was gripping and had me on the edge of my seat most of the time. And she left plenty of room for more on this story, which I hope she brings.
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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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