May was a great month for reading, as well as travelling. The two just might have gone hand-in-hand! I managed to plough through 3 books in the one month while sitting on trains, plans and automobiles – kidding the that one, after all, those of you who know me well, know I can’t read ANYTHING in a car, not even a map, without getting sick. I’m going to make an attempt to review all three books that I read, even though my reviews are starting to get pretty heavy on one author. Yep, read another Sawyer book!
You may recall that I read Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips in January, Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams in February, Hominds by Robert J. Sawyer in March and Humans by Robert J. Sawyer in April. Since I’d already read the first two books in the The Neanderthal Parallax series, it only made sense for me to read the third and final installment, Hybrids.
Following is part of the description found on the Chapters website:
Now, in Hybrids, Ponter Boddit and his Homo sapiens lover, geneticist Mary Vaughan, are torn between two worlds, struggling to find a way to make their star-crossed relationship work. Aided by banned Neanderthal technology, they plan to conceive the first hybrid child, a symbol of hope for the joining of their two versions of reality.
But after an experiment shows that Mary”s religious faith – something completely absent in Neanderthals – is a quirk of the neurological wiring of Homo sapiens brains, Ponter and Mary must decide whether their child should be predisposed to atheism or belief. Meanwhile, as Mary”s Earth is dealing with a collapse of its planetary magnetic field, her boss, the enigmatic Jock Krieger, has turned envious eyes on the unspoiled Eden that is the Neanderthal world . . .
Hybrids is filled to bursting with Sawyer”s signature speculations about alternative ways of being human, exploding our preconceptions of morality and gender, of faith and love. His Neanderthal Parallax trilogy is a classic in the making, and here he brings it to a stunning, thought-provoking conclusion that”s sure to make Hybrids one of the most controversial books of the year.
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