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First Born by James Goss
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Dec 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: tie-in, library
Read from December 14 to 18, 2011

This is one of three Torchwood novels published as prequels to Miracle Day, the recent Torchwood 10-episode storyline, but it's the only one that I really wanted to read.

Gwen Cooper and her long-suffering (but game) husband Rhys Williams are on the run. The government wants her contained, because she knows too much. Also, at the end of Children of Earth, she was also pregnant.

When First Born starts, Gwen, Rhys, and little baby Anwen are still on the run. They've got a bunch of keys to secret Torchwood safe houses, and are moving around, keeping a step ahead of the men in dark suits coming after them. They're now living in a mobile park in the small town of Rawbone. But something strange is going on. People stopped having kids in '87, and at a later date, strange children who look to be about 15, but never age, started showing up as a bizarre child-substitute. What does it have to do with the 'weather station' on the edge of town?

One thing you can definitely tell is that James Goss talked to a lot of new mothers. The elements of sore breasts from breast-feeding, and all the other details of being parents of a newborn, were almost uncomfortable in their details and feeling of accuracy. The interplay between Gwen and Rhys is also very true to the television series.

If you enjoyed Miracle Day, I would recommend reading this book. If you gave up with Children of Earth, you probably shouldn't bother. And if you haven't watched any Torchwood, why are you reading this review?
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