Coalescent

Coalescent

eBook - 2003
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"Lean, taut storytelling . . . breakneck stuff . . . Arguably his most accessible book to date--Baxter [is] resplendent."-- SFX magazine

When his father dies suddenly, George Poole stumbles onto a family secret: He has a twin sister he never knew existed, who was raised by an enigmatic cult called the Order. The Order is a hive--a human hive with a dominant queen--that has prospered below the streets of Rome for almost two millennia. After Poole enters the Order's vast underground city and meets the disturbing inhabitants, he uncovers evidence that they have embarked on a divergent evolutionary path. These genetically superior humans are equipped with the tools necessary to render modern Homo sapiens as extinct as the Neanderthals. And now they are preparing to leave their underground realm.

"[Excels] at both action-packed storytelling and philosophical speculation."-- Library Journal

"Utterly fascinating . . . constantly surprising . . . Coalescent reveals a new side to Baxter's vast talent."-- Locus
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2003.
ISBN: 9780345457875
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
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coastalkate
Sep 30, 2011

I liked the history, makes me want to look at the time frame more.

The main story and the science behind the hives - a little uncomfortable and disturbing. Definitely stretches the brain a little.

As with all of the author's books - a good read.

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smorton
Oct 31, 2010

A short story or novella of an idea is stretched into a novel. Much of the book is historical but reads like “look what I just researched” rather than immersing the reader in the past. Much of the book involves women protagonists and the author does not seem to be able to write women well. The stuff in the present with a male protagonist is well written and very credible. Baxter is known for his "hard" SF and probably should have stayed there.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

I like the two parallel stories and how they come together towards the end.

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

jabey thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jabey
Jun 17, 2008

Sexual Content: One of the main characters gets drunk and has sex with two men one night. In the hives there are "queens" which basically have sex and make babies.

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