Sunday, May 24, 2009

Steal Across the Sky - Nancy Kress

A somewhat disappointing metaphysical rehash from Kress.

This does read like it is stretched, too, and gets tedious at times - this is perhaps due to publishing length requirements.

Aliens contact Earth saying they did bad things in the past, and pick a bunch of young people via internet recruiting to go and Witness humanity on other planets.

Given that, you might expect some sardonic satire, but that isn't her style. A little of it in the various ads and media promos given between chapters.

The big secret discovered in the first part is the aliens apparently removed the gene for 'seeing dead peoiple'. This, of course, provokes a lot of religious hoo-hah (not to mention suicides) when those who discover this come back to Earth and let this be known.

Amazingly enough, most of the people chosen to go to the planets that reveal the humans that still have this gene are American. No evidence for why this might be the case.

Makes little sense with what happens after with the aliens, either.

Can't recommend this, but it isn't bad.

3 out of 5

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