Monday, January 29, 2007

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm

A book of three separate parts, as it leaps generations. In the first, a family and group of people associated set up a retreat from a devastated world in an isolated area they hope they can control.

Humanity can no longer reproduce naturally, and has to resort to cloning to try and survive. There is only one incursion, and they resort to drowning them.

The next part of the book is more about the adult clones and how they relate to each other: pretty closely, with telepathy/group minds developing.

There are still outsiders in this society, and eventually it seems that diversity is still necessary for the future, as the instability of so many generations of clones, as mentioned in the first part of the book is most definitely going to be a problem.

That this clone society was very insular could be seen in almost zero interest in finding out what is going on in the outside world. Presumably that was intentional on Wilhelm's part. A very alien outlook.

3.5 out of 5

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