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The Mother Code by Carole Stivers
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bookshelves: read-2020, arc, dystopian-apocalyptic

COVID-19 got you worried? You might want to skip over this novel for now or you might want to lean in -- which is what I did.

The science is way over my head, but I shall try to summarize: the government has released a nanobot virus thing that eats away your lungs until you die. The government needed to shut down some "terrorists" so why not release these tiny creatures without knowing if they can travel from one host to another like a virus. Who cares? We need to get those terrorists.

Nevertheless, it doesn't go well for humanity. The government needs to cover up their error so they start to come up with solutions -- a "cure" -- or create babies that are immune and have them birthed & raised by robot mothers.

The robot moms were the most interesting part. I could have spent the entire book getting to know the biological mothers, the robots that became them, and the children they raised. And what about the dads? How were they selected? Talk about sending a message that "mothering" is the most important part of a child's development.

Interesting novel, especially for these COVID-19 filled days.

If you want to continue leaning in to novel viruses (or novels featuring pandemics):
The Stand by Stephen King The Fireman by Joe Hill Wanderers by Chuck Wendig The Last One by Alexandra Oliva Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1) by Margaret Atwood The Dreamers

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Reading Progress

March 15, 2020 – Started Reading
March 22, 2020 – Finished Reading
March 27, 2020 – Shelved
March 27, 2020 – Shelved as: read-2020
March 27, 2020 – Shelved as: arc
March 27, 2020 – Shelved as: dystopian-apocalyptic

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