Book Review: Yesterday's Kin by: Nancy Kress

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

Publication Date: September 9, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Goodreads

Synopsis: Aliens have landed in New York.

A deadly cloud of spores has already infected and killed the inhabitants of two worlds. Now that plague is heading for Earth, and threatens humans and aliens alike. Can either species be trusted to find the cure?

Geneticist Marianne Jenner is immersed in the desperate race to save humanity, yet her family is tearing itself apart. Siblings Elizabeth and Ryan are strident isolationists who agree only that an alien conspiracy is in play. Marianne’s youngest, Noah, is a loner addicted to a drug that constantly changes his identity. But between the four Jenners, the course of human history will be forever altered.

Earth’s most elite scientists have ten months to prevent human extinction—and not everyone is willing to wait.

Review: YESTERDAY’S KIN touches on issues of xenophobia, family, and humanity. When the Denebs come to Earth, stating they are on a mission of peace and discovery, not everyone on Earth is a believer. Earth may be facing extinction and collaboration with the Denebs may be their only hope. Intertwined is the Jenner family. Marianne is a geneticist who has been asked to work on the issue. Two of her children are firmly against the Denebs and all they stand for, and the third has been wandering aimlessly through life until the Denebs appear. Caught up in the frenzy to save their world from whatever threat they may fear most, the Jenners are a big focal point of this novel. YESTERDAY’S KIN is a beautiful blend of science and drama. There is enough scientific information to make the story all too plausible, but the true focus is on the ‘human’ aspect. Well-written and short, the author transports readers to a place where they’ll question their deep-rooted beliefs on the definition of humanity and family. I enjoyed and highly recommend YESTERDAY’S KIN.

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  1. I didn't care for this one. It was lacking in too many areas for me, and I couldn't connect to any of the characters, so the human/family element fell flat.

  2. Thanks Bob! I appreciate your thoughts on this.


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