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Tomorrow's Kin is the first volume in and all new hard SF trilogy by Nancy Kress based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday's Kin.The aliens have arrived... they've landed their Embassy ship on a platform in New York Harbor, and will only speak with the United Nations. They say that their world is so different from Earth, in terms of gravity and atmosphere, that they cannTomorrow's Kin is the first volume in and all new hard SF trilogy by Nancy Kress based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday's Kin.The aliens have arrived... they've landed their Embassy ship on a platform in New York Harbor, and will only speak with the United Nations. They say that their world is so different from Earth, in terms of gravity and atmosphere, that they cannot leave their ship. The population of Earth has erupted in fear and speculation.One day Dr. Marianne Jenner, an obscure scientist working with the human genome, receives an invitation that she cannot refuse. The Secret Service arrives at her college to escort her to New York, for she has been invited, along with the Secretary General of the UN and a few other ambassadors, to visit the alien Embassy.The truth is about to be revealed. Earth s most elite scientists have ten months to prevent a disaster and not everyone is willing to wait."...

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Tomorrow's Kin Reviews

  • Bradley
    2019-03-22 11:07

    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!I've read a lot of Nancy Kress, going way back to the Eighties and Nineties when she was a regular in Asimov. I'll be honest and say that I was amazed by her debut novels. Some of the later ones, though? Not so much. I know that this novel isn't going to get a super-glowing review, but I can tell you that it's solid novel. Very solid.As with a lot of Kress, we get a lot of single or at most dual high-science concepts taken all the way as the grand arc for a novel, and this one is no different. In this case, were talking about the global effects of an invasive species in an ecological System, only we see it from the actions of an alien first-contact scenario and focus more on the subtle effects rather than an in-your-face action sequence that dominates most stories.I appreciate that a lot.It's thoughtful, personal, and because of the nature of the theme, usually only obvious long after the initial contact is done and done. That's not to say the effects aren't long lasting... because they are. And in a very real way, it's very dangerous and even possibly catastrophic.This is just assuming that all parties involved, I.E., both humans and aliens, enter into some sort of dialog or transaction with the highest possible motives! I think that's Kress's main strength. People are generally rational and even when everyone is doing their best on either side of a huge (or small) genetic gap, unintended consequences always can ruin your day. :)For everyone else just wanting to know what they can expect, science-wise? Genetics, a bit of cool physics, Systems Theory, and a lot more than a hint of species-change. :) And there are a few cool surprises and scary points, too, with action and explosions, but this is NOT the coolest part of the novel. The coolest part is how down-to-earth it is and how much good science is explored in a really fascinating way. :)I'm looking forward to any sequels to this. It's so nice to see rational people struggle and eventually succeed in good stories. We all know how often the other sort tends to dominate the hero business.

  • Gary
    2019-04-11 13:33

    Tomorrow’s Kin is Kress’ expansion of her award-winning novella Yesterday’s Kin. The plot is a first contact/soft invasion story, in which aliens come to earth to warn humanity of an impending disaster and to help us develop the technology to stop it. There is a catch, of course (no spoilers here), that calls into question the aliens’ motives for helping us (or possibly, questions whether they are here to help us at all).The premise of Tomorrow’s Kin is a strong one – worthy of Arthur C. Clarke – and Kress, being the kind of writer who likes to put the science in science fiction, puts it to good use. The human story is where the novel falters: Kress builds a drama of family conflict around her setup, one full of clichés and obvious moments. It seems like her primary tool for padding the story to novel length, and big chunks of it are a slog to get through. There is some good stuff here for hard SF fans, but it has limited appeal overall.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-03 14:26

    Aliens have landed on Earth and stationed their ship at the New York Harbor. They've communicated that their own world is very different from Earth and they cannot leave their ship but are willing to talk with the United Nations about their arrival. This is of course causing a bit of fear and panic among citizens wanting to know more and why the aliens are here. Dr. Marianne Jenner had made a discovery that got her name on the map but while attending a faculty event someone arrives stating that she has been requested to accompany them to New York. After arriving Marianne finds herself among other elite scientists with the dilemma of solving a scientific discovery with a countdown of ten months until all of Earth will be in danger. Tomorrow's Kin is the first book of the Yesterday's Kin Trilogy by Nancy Kress. First I will admit sci-fi is not a top genre for me so I always find reading them that it's a bit iffy as to whether I'll enjoy a book or not. With this particular book I found the story involved to be an interesting one and wanted to give it a try. For me though this story was entertaining enough plot wise that I wanted to know what would happen but I wasn't a huge fan of the way it's executed overall. I knew there was a countdown which made a big part of the story but what we have is some really quick time jumps which leaves me a bit disconnected to the characters. All in all by the end years have gone by and while it's interesting what is going on I can't say I wouldn't have liked more depth to get more hooked into the book. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Bookwraiths
    2019-04-03 11:29

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.Tomorrow’s Kin by Nancy Press is a first encounter science fiction story which expands on the author’s Nebula Award winning novella Yesterday’s Kin. While it has some explosive events and normal alien conspiracy elements to it, this story is more focused on its main character, Dr. Marianne Jenner, and the cutting-edge science at its heart.Four months ago, an object heading toward Earth was discovered to be an alien spacecraft. Thankfully, the extraterrestrials were peaceful, placed their ship in orbit around the moon, and made contact with the United Nations to assure them of their peaceful mission. Eventually, the aliens received permission to launch a floating embassy in New York Harbor in exchange for sharing scientific data.Since their landing on Earth, the aliens have remained apart from the world, communicating via electronic technology. But now they have requested a face-to-face meeting with a group of U.N. ambassadors and Dr. Julian Jenner, a little known geneticists.From this setup, Nancy Kress tells a story focused on the global effects of the introduction of an invasive species on a planet. The scientific fields of both biology and genetics playing huge roles in the narrative; the author doing an outstanding job educating her readers about the important science at the heart of the story, yet never turning the tale into a dry scientific info dump.The strength of the narrative is its main character Marianne Jenner: this fifty year old mother and soon-to-be grandmother an ordinary person. Certainly, she is a geneticists, who has made some important discoveries, but she still works at a second tier university, isn’t one of the rock stars of the scientific world, and lives a fairly normal life. No one would ever pick this lady out and label her a budding heroine. In fact, her relationship with her family and friends highlights how normal she really is, seemingly unsuited for aliens to ask to consult with her. And this “normalcy” is what grounds Tomorrow’s Kin, helps it maintain its focus as a story about humanity as opposed to a tale about science.The main weakness here is the secondary characters; the most notable of which was Marianne’s assistant Sissy. None of these people really developed very much throughout their time in the narrative, remaining fairly static in their roles, and seemingly there only as a nod toward sci fi diversity. Personally, I felt a few strong supporting characters would have helped the story grow to be about more than just Marianne and her family.With a plausible plot, understandable science, and a true-to-life main character, Tomorrow’s Kin is a very readable tale. Certainly, this will appeal more to readers who prefer there science fiction to be about real science, but with its simple prose and quick pacing, it is a tale I can see many sci fi fans enjoying.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-04-19 11:11

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum’m always up for a good tale of alien first contact, and Tomorrow’s Kin definitely fit the bill. Expanding upon the author’s Nebula Award-winning novella Yesterday’s Kin, this book is told in multiple sections, first chronicling the arrival of the extra-terrestrials before exploring the far-reaching repercussions in the latter parts of the novel.It is New York City, sometime in the near future. Humanity now knows for certain they are not alone in universe. When the “Debnebs” first arrived, people were scared—understandably. But as time passed and the aliens proved themselves to be peaceful, life on Earth returned to relative normalcy. The visitors even had their Embassy ship parked on a platform in the middle of New York Harbor, even though pretty much everything about them still remains a great mystery. At first, they would only speak to the United Nations, claiming that their physiologies were too different to withstand Earth’s atmosphere and thus they must stay on their ship. No one has any idea what they look like, or what they want. But suddenly, two months later, they are finally ready to talk.For Dr. Marianne Jenner, the invitation to the Debneb Embassy comes as one of the biggest surprises of her life. After all, she’s just a human genome scientist, working on an esoteric project involving the mapping of mitochondrial DNA. For some reason though, the aliens want to talk to her about the latest research paper, in which she detailed her identification of a new mtDNA haplogroup. Marianne is baffled as to why the Debnebs would be interested in singling her out to discuss her work—that is, until she gets the chance to meet one of them for the very first time. Having seen a Debneb with her very own eyes, Marianne now knows why the aliens desperately need Earth’s help, but time is running out even with humanity’s most brilliant minds working together to tackle the problem.Before I go further in review, I must warn that Tomorrow’s Kin is not like most first contact narratives. If you simply want your aliens and not much else, then I’m afraid this might not be the book for you, because the Debnebs really only play a major role in the first part of the story (which I believe was the originally novella). The themes involved are also not the ones you’d typically expect from a novel about aliens, focusing instead on topics that run the gamut from environmental issues to foreign policy, which gives rise to plenty of potential for debate. Then, of course, there’s the science, spanning multiple subjects across fields like human genetics, ecology studies, astrophysics, and more. Needless to say, it would be impossible to read this book and fail to appreciate the amount of research that was put into its ideas, and the even more impressive is the way Kress managed to juggle all this information without resorting to awkward info-dumping or worse, derailing her plot.Still, if you ask me, the best thing about this book is the emphasis on the theme of family. As its title suggests, this novel explores the deeper meanings and roles of kinship, and how those ideas might be perceived by an alien race whose concept of family differs vastly from ours. Following this thread, the story also allows us to get to know Dr. Marianne Jenner and discover her own family ties, examining the web of complex relationships between three generations over a number of years. As well, it’s rare these days to read a book starring middle-aged characters, and rarer still when the main protagonist is a parent of adult children and is even a grandmother. Personally, I found Marianne fascinating. Her relationship with her three children—who hold very different ideological views—forms the very core of Tomorrow’s Kin, influencing the decisions of many of the characters.I also must admit, this was a difficult review to write. So much of the story—and by extension, a lot of what I want to say about what I thought of it—is affected by a huge revelation near the beginning of the book. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ve been deliberately vague, trying to dance around that major plot development. Suffice to say though, Tomorrow’s Kin is tightly plotted and well-written, combining imaginative yet believable elements of science fiction with relevant and thought-provoking issues. The story remained engaging even as it constantly evolved, moving from one stage of the novel to the next, filling me with confidence that the next installment will bring us even more exciting and imaginative developments. I’m looking forward to continuing this series.

  • Everdeen Mason
    2019-04-13 16:06

    So, this is more of a 2.5. From my column:Tomorrow’s Kin, by Nancy Kress, starts off with a strong, intriguing angle. Theoretical geneticist Dr. Marianne Jenner makes a seemingly minor discovery that catches the interest of aliens camping out in New York. They inform her that she and a team of human scientists will be crucial in preventing a disaster in 10 months that could end humanity. The first half of the book swells with promise and interesting ideas, but by the middle, it grows soggy with sappy characterizations. It also features a cringe-inducing stereotype of a loud black woman: Sissy, Marianne’s assistant, with “frizzy curls.” (NOTE: This is not how one would describe natural, kinky hair unless you have never known a black person). Sissy didn’t understand how bad her college was until she went to fancy colleges with Marianne; she may not have book smarts, but she’s got sense! Kress’s novel, the first of a projected trilogy, is based on her Nebula Award-winning novella of the same name. It reads as breezily, and fans of aliens and first-contact stories may be compelled to pick up the second volume, forthcoming next spring.SPOILER ALERT**********So after reading her embarrassing characterization of Sissy (what kind of name is that?), I turned to my boyfriend and started reading passages so he could see how ridiculous it was. We were like she has never met a black person who isn't like, the cashier at her neighborhood store. Then I said, well she's probably going to die soon anyways so Marianne can feel sad for one minute.She died like, 2 chapters later. And then Marianne got to sleep with Sissy's hot white boyfriend. It was really, really weird and uncomfortable. And to be fair, Sissy isn't the only person that dies. The only gay character, who also only served to make Marianne seem like a nice human, also dies violently. Basically, anytime Marianne thinks "wow, I care about this person as much as my children, they're my family now" they die. It's really sloppy, and weird because they were also her throw away diversity characters.

  • Clair
    2019-03-25 18:08

    A first encounter sci-fi story. Dr Marianne Jenner discovers something unusual in the human genome and receives an invite to visit an alien Embassy ship which is floating over New York Harbour. Here she discovers how her work relates to the aliens and an imminent disaster that is threatening the planet.There was plenty of science in this book to keep me entertained, from genetics, physics, ecology etc. and aliens with possibly shady motives to give me the conspiracy theory thrill. I loved that this book didn’t just focus on the action of the first encounter, it explores the after-effects and unexpected changes to the eco-system and the planet afterwards and humans reactions to this. Its a bit of a slow-burn but very well thought out. There are some large time leaps which can be a bit dis-orientating but they are needed to cover the timescale and show the impact within the book. An enjoyable read with some interesting ideas about the effects of aliens coming to earth and reactions towards it.I enjoyed that the star of this book is not a “hero”. Dr Marianne Jenner is a scientist, a mother, an “average” person with no spectacular super-hero traits to set her apart. She makes mistakes, loves, works hard and is a believable character. Not all the characters are as well thought out and some of the lesser characters feel a little stereo-typical. The main story is told through Marianne’s perspective but there are sections seen through other people such as her children and others involved in the story. This adds some variety and a depth of views to the story.Even though there was plenty of science I still found it an easy read and read it over two days. I’m intrigued to see what the next book in the trilogy brings.Recommended to: fans of stories based on science, hard sci-fi, ecological, aliens and alternative futures.

  • Kate
    2019-03-29 11:23

    I thoroughly enjoyed this, gobbling it up, and cannot wait for book 2! 4.5 stars.

  • Kristen
    2019-04-07 13:31

    Tomorrow's Kin is the first novel in a new trilogy expanding upon Nancy Kress' excellent Nebula Award-winning novella Yesterday's Kin. The first third is the previously published story, and the rest of the novel follows what happens after the end of the original novella. Though I did think the novella was the strongest part, I found the novel as a whole to be smart and engaging. I also enjoyed following the main protagonist, Dr. Marianne Jenner, a mother, grandmother, and geneticist who makes an interesting--but fairly unremarkable--scientific discovery that leads to her being among the first to meet alien visitors to Earth. Kress seamlessly blends science and fiction in this novel, and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next.Full Review on My Website

  • Xavi
    2019-04-18 18:17


  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    2019-03-30 17:18

    2.5 StarsI was originally very excited for the premise of this story, but unfortunately I was quite disappointed by the execution. The synopsis sounded very similar to the basic setup of Arrival/Story of Your Life. However, this book was completely different and it would be unfair to compare it to that masterpiece work.For me, the downfall of this novel started with the marketing, which setup the wrong expectations for the reader. This book is advertised as hard science fiction, which was not at all accurate. Instead, this read more like a family drama, that just happened to have elements of science fiction. Certainly, this book involved aliens and research, but those aspects almost felt like background noise. For a science fiction story, I hoped there would be more focus on the technology and alien culture. Also, given the synopsis, I was surprised that this was not really a story of first contact. Instead, the novel begins four months after the aliens arrived on earth. I wanted to read firsthand how the characters reacted to the ship appearing on earth, but instead these events were simply described to the reader retroactively in a handful of paragraphs. I feel the author really missed an opportunity to tell one of the most interesting aspects of the story in a more active manner. Instead, the story is more of a character study, focusing on the central character and her children. This story is very emotionally driven demonstrating the fallout of how this world-changing event affected this particular family. The story is more about the humans, than the aliens, addressing how average people would react in such a life-changing situation.The book, itself, was fairly short and was easy to read. Told over multiple perspectives, I was able to finish this story relatively quickly, despite not really enjoying the reading experience. The writing was very simple to follow, with a straightforward style. There is not a lot of action in the story, yet the plot-driven narrative kept the story moving along through time. The book was readable, yet it ultimately lacked substance. The plot felt hollow, despite the grand scale potential of the larger story. I requested this book from the publisher via Netgalley.

  • Matthew Galloway
    2019-04-20 16:15

    I think this is the sort of novel that will work for people who like idea focused, harder sci-fi. As you can probably guess from my rating, that's not really me. I need characters I can really latch onto and care about. Unfortunately for me, most of the many characters introduced are walk-on parts, and they are shuffled out of the story one way or another. Marianne is the main POV character, but I had a hard time connecting with her. Now, part of this may be because the structure of the story meant that months and years were skipped between almost every chapter, but partly... I think I just didn't like her very much. She's a very distant character -- both from the reader and from the people around her. Even when she thinks she is close to someone, she doesn't appear to demonstrate it. She certainly lets go of them pretty well, too. Her children are rather similar in this way, too. (incidentally, Ryan drove me nuts... If you're going to be a scientist with a bone to pick... Shouldn't you actually believe in science? His whole rant about bad things happening because the Deneb are an invasive species made no sense with the astronomical data spoken of in the book)At any rate, the ideas in the book were enough to keep me interested in how the novel would end... But I now am pretty sure I know better than to pick up the next book and get sucked into the ideas without the enjoyment I wanted.

  • Mark
    2019-03-24 11:08

    This is really three novels in one: An "Earth's first encounter with aliens" story, an "ecological apocalypse" story, and a "intrigue with space battle" story. It's dark, particularly the middle part, but it's pretty entertaining if you can surf the shift in stories. Nancy Kress is talented enough to make such surfing pretty easy and I admire the scope of the effort. I particularly appreciate the closure at the end with enough open window for a sequel - no mean feat.

  • Amelia
    2019-03-26 15:20

    I enjoyed the book a lot, and a big part of that was because I could relate to the main character. She is an academic, so am I. She does basically obscure research that no one outside her field cares about, which occasionally (and apparently randomly) gets a lot of public attention. That's my job in a nutshell. She also has to deal with a lot of bullshit from people who should really know better, or who should at least be more considerate. Welcome to my life.I found the story very engaging, and read the book quickly. Another reviewer pointed out that the author makes some pretty bad stereotypes of minority characters, which in retrospect I agree with completely but didn't notice at the time. Besides that, I found the characters mostly believable.It would have been nice to have more info about the aliens, and about what happens to some of the side characters. There were a few loose ends, but this is just the first in the series so who knows? Maybe I would have been less forgiving to the author if the main character had been less relatable to me personally. In any case, I recommend it.

  • James Eckman
    2019-03-31 13:15

    This is an expanded version of the novella Yesterday's Kin. I read part of it and went I've read this and it's too soon for a rereading.

  • Charlie
    2019-03-20 18:08

    3.5 stars. I liked several things about this book but other things didn't really make sense to me. The rest is a spoiler so click below if you want to see that.(view spoiler)[Things I liked:I liked most of the ecology stuff where the mice were killed off by the 'spore' virus, causing ecological and economic catastrophes.I liked (though it was depressing) the themes of climate change storms, the decline of the US, isolationist politics, etc. I liked having a modern scifi book with panspermia as a major theme.I liked the speculation about parallel human cultural evolution in a setting with somewhat different human genetics (less testosterone?) and less harsh environment. See, earth is amazing and diverse and wonderful, but it ISN'T the easiest planet one can imagine living on. Our climate is super fickle, we get raging storms and floods, while vast areas of the continents are low on water when they need them, some areas vary fro uncomfortably hot to crushingly cold in one year (like Vermont!), in most cases the way the continents are laid out makes east-west travel difficult, there is a continent stuck at one pole that accumulates huge ice sheets causing small climactic changes to cause radical changes in sea level. Etc, etc, etc. Undoubtedly there are many planets out there that support life but are much harsher than Earth (mars could be one, or perhaps used to be). But what about planets that are MORE easy for life to thrive on? Interesting idea.I like that there are humans/hominids that evolutionary diverged from Earth humans physically and culturally to the point that they are basically aliens. Things that didn't make a lot of sense to me:Ok here's the big one. Advanced aliens (or not aliens because they are hominids but whatever...) give us faster than light technology, the holy grail of space exploration that unlocks the universe. But people spend years arguing whether to fly to the one planet that has the annoying lying human aliens, either to trade with them (for what? we got their warp drive already!) or to kill them.... or whether to not build the ships. Are you kidding? Build the ships and let the weird human aliens sit on their own planet with their thumbs up their noses. There's a whole Universe out there! Colonize mars, which would be way easier now, and then start visiting all the other exoplanets. Granted the whole virus thing adds a complication but, if they are going to come anyway, better to be out in space where you can see them coming. Also it is VERY heavily implied that there ARE actual non human aliens because someone transplanted humans to another planet 100,000 years ago. What about those aliens or whatever other humans they dispersed around space? weird.As for the virus, i could definitely buy that viruses and bacteria, including ones that could infect humans, might travel through space. Panspermia could definitely be real. However, i don't see how a vast cloud of viruses the size of a solar system could form. Where does it come from? A planet that explodes like a puffball mushroom? And more importantly, it had hit several other solar systems in the last few decades and were going to hit the planet with the human-aliens in like 10 months... but stars are really really far apart and the aliens didn't come from alpha centauri either... so either the spore cloud is dozens of light years across or it is somehow itself using warp drive which makes no damn sense.Lastly, one of the characters is an ecologist who keeps calling the alien/humans an invasive species. this doesn't make any sense. The aliens come, manipulate the humans a bit, then leave, along with a few other humans. If they were invasive, they would start reproducing on earth to the point that they crowded out other animals or regular humans. an 'invasive species' is a described and known ecological phenomenon and the guy tossing around the term (or else the author) didn't understand it, which is odd because most of the other science other than the spore cloud thing seemed pretty solid.So yeah. (hide spoiler)]

  • Chris
    2019-04-08 10:06

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*Tomorrow’s Kin is the first in a new sci-fi series by Nancy Kress. It opens with a mystery, of sorts – an alien spaceship sat at anchor near the United Nations. But there’s more than first contact at stake.The world as we know it has changed. Well, a little, anyway. At the start of Tomorrow’s Kin, the social geography feels familiar. New York is still New York – a thriving city of millions, going about its business in a way that the reader is broadly acquainted with. Kress does show us snippets of urban life – there are quiet moments in city parks, and brash, gritty diners. These are contrasted neatly with the quieter, more remote rural areas. Again, this feels like the calm before the storm – the world is one we recognise instantly, and the concerns are similar, if sometimes a little esoteric – damage to the environment, debates over immigration and sovereignty, economic downturns, and who’s going to win the Superbowl. It’s all mostly in the background, but this is our world, the lives we live, and in that context, it’s very convincing.Of course, in this case, there’s also aliens. Quite what they’re up to, why they’ll only talk to the United Nations, and even what they look like – it’s all something of a mystery. I was reminded of Clarke’s Childhood’s End; the aura of mystery and creeping concern is similar. But these aliens – whatever they may be – are a catalyst for exploring larger ideas. The text follows one family, that of Dr. Marianne Jenner. Jenner is brought to speak with the aliens after making an unusual genetic discovery – and everything unravels thereafter. Marianne herself is an interesting protagonist – a sharp, smart professional, who is self-aware enough to be confident in her competence but not feel egotistically brilliant. Her two drivers appear to be professional progress, and, perhaps more importantly, her family. She’s convincing as the logical, perhaps slightly frosty scientist; but her internal monologue gives her a vulnerability in thoughts of her family which is equally substantial.That family is multi-generational – children and grand children – and more than a little troubled. A daughter is a forceful immigration agent, given room to discuss immigration, the economy, and other bête noir. This usually leads to a clash with one of Marianne’s sons – an ecologist, concerned with invasive plant species, rather than with the movement of people. They’re both given the room to be opinionated, their arguments crashing together between the pages. This isn’t a political tract, mind you – but the discussions are engaging, and help indicate both the personalities of the characters, and the state of the world around them (or at least, those parts of it which they’re concerned with). Marianne does have another son, Noah – a wanderer, a wastrel, a man who feels the need to take drugs in an effort to define an identity for himself, lost in the shadow of his siblings.This is a book which tries to meld the drama of one family – their smaller squabbles and relationships and concerns – into the larger narrative themes it’s wielding. It actually works rather well, letting the broader themes be illustrated in the effects on individual lives. As the story hots up, the focus draws tighter around Marianne, tracking her through decades of discovery, and charting her family and world at the same time.It’s surprisingly difficult to talk about Tomorrow’s Kin without spoilers, as you can probably tell from the above. But it pulls together some excellent science-fiction threads: it has a big idea, and it follows that idea to a logical conclusion. The story approaches its concepts logically and plausibly – and the trials and tribulations of the characters work, both because they make sense in context, and because we’re drawn into caring about the characters. Alongside the big idea (or two), there’s a multigenerational family story, one with arcs of personal discovery to match the science happening elsewhere on the page, and with the ability to relate facets of larger debates into a smaller scale, convincingly and in such a way as to make for an interesting read.It’s not perfect – it feels in some cases that the conceptual stuff, the clever ideas, the “sci-fi” bit, if you like, takes up the page at the expense of further depth of character, especially for some of Marianne’s family. This isn’t an entirely bad thing – the concepts on display are cool, and a lot of fun to read. I guess what I really wanted was a little more; we can care for Marianne, and sympathise with her tribulations, but it feels like there’s room here to tell more stories about her family, and give them a little more room to breathe.That said, this is an undertaking of impressive scope – a mixture of multigenerational saga and hard science fiction, across geography and time periods, able to talk around some of the big issues of the day, and throw its own ideas into the mix. On those terms, it’s also a successful one – I kept turning pages to see where the story would take me next, and the ambitious and compelling narrative held up to the end. If you’re looking for a solid piece of hard SF, this looks like the start of an exciting new series.

  • Amy at Read What I Like
    2019-03-23 12:14

    I’ve read a couple of books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed both of them, in fact, the first book that I read was Yesterday’s Kin. The book that this series is based upon or is a continuation of. I thought the cover looked familiar when requesting it so I dug a little deeper and discovered the connection and became concerned for a moment that I was about to read the same book twice. The page count was different so I decided to continue and see what was different.I have to confess I did skip the first third of the book which felt like it was either the same as Yesterday’s Kin or close enough that I would probably be fine if I jumped to the new material. The book was divided into three parts and starting in part two the story picks up where the first novella left off. If you want to read what I thought of that first third of the story you can do so here, Yesterday’s Kin Review.So what did I think of this revamped or continued story? I think it was bloody brilliant! In my review of the previous story, I held back one star, mentioning closure for two of the characters but perhaps it was more of I needed closure. I wanted to know more, what happened next. In this book, the author delivers, big time. The second part of the book picks up a few years after the first part ends and we get to see the aftermath of what happened on Earth when the aliens left and the disaster struck. It wasn’t pretty, but I think it was pretty accurate in what the author envisioned. Like The Martian, Ms. Kress uses real science to weave a captivating and thoughtful story about human nature and human’s place in the world. There was so much I hadn’t thought of if a disaster like this struck. What the ramifications would be not only to our environment but our way of life and even our evolution. It was truly fascinating.The book does feel fairly science accurate but it was never stuffy or boring. The author never lectures but simply illuminates and uses science to give her story teeth. Ms. Kress is truly a gifted story-teller and I loved this book. I am excited that there are two more tales to come as I can not wait to see where she takes these characters next.If you want a smart yet thrilling science fiction story that echoes current environmental, political, and cultural struggles we face today while throwing an interesting twist then this is a book you are going to want to pick up for yourself. This story has it all!I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

  • Natalie
    2019-04-12 10:16

    A mature female scientist protagonist who is a grandmother who works. She isn't/ hasn't been a perfect mom, or maybe she has ? She hasn't been the perfect wife or girlfriend, or maybe she has ? She isn't/ hasn't been the perfect friend or co-worker, or maybe she has ? Why is it so hard to know? Because life's not perfect and neither are the people we love, depend on, armoire or even envy. Why? Because good days follow bad days, but sometimes not in that order. She's a unique heroine and i'm glad Kress wrote her onto the page.

  • Jordan Gerlach
    2019-03-20 18:14

    This book was really intriguing for the first 100 pages or so, then not so much. A lot of potential wasted. There was possibility for more intrigue toward the end but was wasted as well. The book is well written from bethel most part, but the story is seriously lacking.

  • Andy Pond
    2019-04-11 11:17

    I quit this book less than halfway through. I was constantly irritated by the poorly constructed plot, and dated, stereotyped characterizations--the first being the "discreet"gay friend who is never given anything but "plummy accent" and "manicured fingers" to flesh out his character. They are good friends for years, we hear but she actually asks him if he's gay--because she's apparently never asked before. The dialogue isn't plausible. The science seems off. At one point we are told that the aliens genetic profile indicates that there wasn't a bottleneck in human population 70,000 years ago. Then we learn that the opposite is true. Seems like two irreconcilable ideas for the plot competed, and both were left in without explanation. Worse was to come:In part 2 of the book that we meet a "frizzy haired" black woman (her hair is mentioned multiple times) who doesn't speak "proper English" when excited (she says "ain't"...heavens!). It's not intentional, I'm sure, but I don't have patience for stereotyped, borderline racist nonsense. Had the book been written in 1962, that might be forgivable, but I don't expect contemporary authors to be so lazy. The author has written some good books, which why I gave it two stars: I was expecting more. I got a poorly edited mess that read like a first-time author who needed an editor to turn it into a readable novel. Bummer.

  • Jamie Larnach
    2019-03-26 12:33

    I found Tomorrow's Kin to be a compelling read. A great first contact adventure with likeable and complex characters.

  • Leslie Rusch
    2019-03-21 17:12

    A very light read. Felt like a novella. Not very satisfying.

  • Joe Karpierz
    2019-03-24 14:09

    TOMORROW'S KIN is the first book of the Yesterday's Kin trilogy, and an expansion of the 2014 novella Yesterday's Kin, which won the Nebula award for Best Novella at the 2015 Nebula Awards ceremony held in Chicago. While it was not my favorite that year - "We Are All Completely Fine" by Daryl Gregory would have gotten my vote if I was an eligible voter - I did like it quite a bit. I had a few quibbles with it, but all in all it was a fine story. Sometime after that I'd heard she was going to expand it into a novel; I was unaware and surprised that the intent was to expand it into a trilogy. I wasn't then, and am not now, quite sure where she is going with the story, but the pleasure is in the discovery of reading it, I suppose.The first third or so of TOMORROW'S KIN is the original novella - probably with some modifications (to be fair, I don't remember the original well enough to be able to pick up on changes, although I suspect they're minor) - while the last two thirds or so continues in the aftermath of the Denebs visit and the Earth passing through the spore cloud. The spore cloud did not kill off humanity as was originally indicated by the Denebs. Instead, the cloud caused havoc with other portions of the ecosystem on Earth, causing the balance of nature to be thrown off thus causing massive economic and ecological issues. To be sure, some humans were killed by the spore cloud, but most were not. Still, the unforeseen - by humanity, but maybe not by the Denebs - have divided the natives of Earth.As a sign of gratitude, the Denebs have given us the plans and technology to build a star ship. But the gift of interstellar travel has, for many, raised even more suspicions of the Denebs. If they knew that the spore cloud was going to have the aforementioned unintended consequences, what else are they not telling with this gift? Feelings and opinions are split. One faction would like to build the star ship and make a peaceful visit to "World", as the home planet of the Denebs is called. Another faction would like to use those star ships to travel to World and attack the Denebs, and a third doesn't trust them and want nothing to do with the star ship. Maryanne Jenner, the protagonist of the original novella now has a role with a foundation that supports traveling to the stars. She travels the country making speeches on behalf of a foundation that is supporting the effort to build the star ship in the United States (it should be noted that many nations world wide are attempting to build the star ship, and that there are at least three different efforts going on in the United States alone. Maryanne is approached by the head of one of the efforts; he wants to give her foundation lots of money to go out and spread the good word of going to the stars. He is a shady character at best, and his motives are questionable.One of the other side effects of the spore cloud is that children who are born after the Earth passes through the cloud cry almost continuously for a good portion of the first couple of years of their lives. Sometimes the crying stops, other times it does not - leading to undesirable outcomes. It is discovered that those who stop have a gift; they can hear sound above the highest frequency and below the lowest frequency previously known to be audible by humankind. As you might guess, the discovery of this gift has huge implications for the story.As with the original novella, Maryanne Jenner's family is central to the entire novel, although the focus really comes down to her grandchildren. Her son Noah has left with the Denebs to go to World. Her daughter Elizabeth is largely offstage for the last two thirds of the book, probably working against the efforts to build a star ship, and her son Ryan has descended into depression over his role in the Deneb visit. I expect that all three of Maryanne's children will have large roles to play in the remaining two books of the trilogy.As is probably obvious, the book is not only about family, but about consequences, unintended or not. All actions have consequences, and it's how we as a race react to and deal with those consequences that define who we are as individuals and as a species. Most times the consequences we deal with are not enormous or far reaching. It's the nature of fiction, however, that consequences that characters deal with are far reaching and significant. I feel that the characters of TOMORROW'S KIN have barely scratched the surface of what's to come, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.Marguerite Gavin is an outstanding narrator, one of the best I've listened to. She has a tremendous ability to voice all sorts of characters, whether they be male or female, child or adult, or even human or machine simulated. I enjoyed her voice and pacing. Like Jefferson Mays, who narrates the outstanding Expanse series of novels, I would be thrilled to listen to more of her narration. I hope she continues to narrate the Yesterday's Kin trilogy. It will make the listening experience all that much more worthwhile.

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-04-03 13:27

    Dr. Marianne Jenner is a respected but not eminent scientist--the type who makes a few minor contributions to her field though unstinting hard work and a certain amount of luck. Then aliens descend on New York and ask for her by name. (view spoiler)[It turns out that the "aliens" are really the descendants of humans who somehow ended up on a far distant planet. There's a cloud of spores drifting through space that will destroy life on Earth, then hit the "alien's" planet. They propose to team their resources in order to discover a cure/vaccine/treatment in time to prevent the death of all humanity. SUPER DUPER SPOILERSThen it turns out that the spore cloud has passed by Earth before, and humans on Earth are immune to it. The humans on Deneb, who left the planet before the spore cloud's first pass, lack that immunity and aren't very advanced in the biological sciences, and so were using Earth scientists to find a solution. The Earth scientists don't find a cure before the spore cloud hits, so the Denebs take off, having spread mass panic on Earth and using their resources to help themselves...but also having gifted Earth with spaceship technology. The spore cloud does some damage to Earth, killing a small (but of course, still tragic) percentage of the population and wreaking havoc on the world ecology. Children born after the cloud passes either cry constantly or are deaf. Most humans blame the Denebians, either because they think they caused the spore plague themselves, or because they provided no help. Aware as she is of the Denebs' lack of biological capabilities, Marianne does not blame them, but even more importantly, she wants to avoid bad feeling on Earth developing into an interstellar war. To prevent this she goes on a speaking tour to educate and calm the public, which is a total failure. An eccentric billionaire protects her and her family from anti-alien terrorists, but why? MORE SPOILERSBecause he wants access to one of her grandsons, who has the superhearing that rarely develops among children born post-spores.(hide spoiler)]The story skips months and even years of Marianne's life. She goes through multiple relationships and careers, but we only get a snapshot of each. This is emblematic of Kress, and it's a great way of highlighting the subtle changes that take place in society and individual characters over a long period of time, without having to catalog them all. But it does make the book feel a little remote. And the pacing feels a bit off--just 10 months take up the first half of the book, and then the second half covers 9 years. I really liked Marianne, but I was less enthused about the supporting characters. Too often they seem thinly sketched. I don't know what the internal monologue of a child or someone very uneducated and incurious is like, but something rankles about how Kress writes them. Particularly Sissy, whose pov had bits that felt true to lifeSometimes Sissy couldn't tell how the ideas from her old world and the ideas from her new world should line up in her mind. But the important thing was to learn all she could. Sometimes since she'd come to work for the Star Brotherhood Foundation, she felt like a flower opening up to the sun for the first time. Other days, new things felt like cold rain. but overall felt too much like a stereotypical Capable Black Lady. I was also disappointed in how little Marianne actually did. She helps her grandsons and does something on a spaceship in the climax that anyone could do. Her scientific background and mind don't play any role. She basically just serves as our window into a changing world and other people's big plans.I'll read the next book, but I really want the main character to have more to do.

  • Morgan Dhu
    2019-03-27 16:17

    The first section of Nancy Kress’ novel Tomorrow’s Kin is essentially the same as the novella Yesterday’s Kin. A combination first contact/approaching apocalypse/medical thriller, it’s the story of aliens arriving on Earth, only to announce that they are humans, somewhat altered by tens of thousands of years of evolution on an alien planet, where their ancestors had been settled, seeded by an unknown ancient race, and that they have come to warn their distant cousins that the path of the solar system is about to pass through a deadly cloud of alien spores. The story focuses on the family of scientist Marianne Jenner, a geneticist who has discovered the existence of a rare and very ancient human haplogroup - one which is almost extinct on earth, but from which all the aliens are descended.This first section tells the story of the first contact between the humans of Earth and the humans of World - who have been incorrectly called Denebs from the part if space from which their spaceship approached earth. Offering to help a group of human scientists in a frantic search to develop a vaccine against the spores - which have already destroyed two Deneb colonies - the Denebs have not given the inhabitants of Earth one vital piece of information - that the Earth has already passed through the cloud once before, and all human in Earth are descended from the survivors, and hence immune. It is only the Denebs, taken from Earth before the first passage through the cloud, who are vulnerable. And the samples they have obtained from human tissues during the joint search for a vaccine will enable the scientifically advanced Denebs to save themselves before their planet enters the cloud. Leaving Earth just before it enters the cloud, the Denebs reveal the truth of their mission on Earth, and in return fir the help of humans, they leave the secret of interstellar travel. With them are several Earth humans, all members of the rare haplogroup the Denebs represent, including Marianne Jenner’s adopted son Noah. The rest of the novel deals with humanity’s reaction to this first encounter with their distant cousins. Unfortunately, the Denebs had only been partially correct. Most humans were immune - but a mutation in Central Asia had left hundreds of thousands in that region without genetic protection, and their deaths had been horrifying. Several other mammalian species had also lacked protection, including most rodents, and their loss had initiated an ecological collapse. The world is in chaos, and many feel the Denebs were to blame. And they are angry.Marianne Jenner is now working for Star Brotherhood, an organisation that is attempting to build support for building spaceships and going out among the stars to find their kin again, joining an advanced interstellar society begun by the Denebs, or Worlders as some are now calling them. But most of the people of Earth don’t want anything to do with the Worlders. And some want to go to World, only to destroy it. And Marianne and her family are, as they have been since the first meeting of Earth humans and Worlders, right in the middle of everything. Like the novella, Tomorrow’s Kin is a compelling blend of first contact and science thriller narratives. There’s urgency - the planet is in ecological and economic collapse - and conflict, and scientific mysteries - children are being born, post spore exposure, with altered brains and vastly increased sensitivity to sounds at both higher and lower frequencies than normal humans. And plots within plots to influence, in one way or another, the future of relations between Earth and World. Looking forward to volume two of the trilogy.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-11 18:13

    Part One of this novel is obviously the well-polished short story that inspired this full-length novel. It ends on a note that could be final or could blend into the beginning of a longer story. I was a little disappointed that the Denebs looked humanoid but Ms. Kress did a good job of explaining why and left herself fodder for future installments in the trilogy. There were lots of almost-too-convenient coincidences (there kind of have to be in a short story), but I still feel the story was well-crafted. I would give this 5 stars.The middle part of the book (Part Two-ish) starts to drag a little bit. The aftermath of the collision with the spore cloud has some predictable results in destroying the economy and causing terrorism and unrest. The whole interconnectedness theme reeks of so many other sci-fi authors (foremost in my mind is Orson Scott Card and that planet that Ender ended up on). I felt the middle was quite derivative and not very original (I was reminded most of Beggars in Spain here) . I was thinking this deserved 3 stars as I read it.I did like Colin's superhearing and how they tested it at the bridge building site and the relationship between Colin and Jason. However, I almost get attached to the characters and need to find out what happens to them. So, of course, I finished the book. While I despise the Jonah Stubbins character (as I was at least partly supposed to do), his twists and turns did lend some originality. I found the whole mouse-infection thing intriguing and added more complexity.The end was a little weird and maybe a little hard to swallow. Again, there was a lot of convenience in Colin trying to save the mice and Judy being on the Venture. The ship accidentally taking off and preparing to destroy the Mest' was a little over the top, but it did make a dramatic end to the first novel. It's a little hard to believe that Marianne shot Stone in the neck with the tranq gun on her first try. Score one for middle-aged female protagonists! (Marianne and Judy rocked it (however unbelievably) in bringing Venture safely back to Earth.)I also find it unbelievable that Marianne and Harrison found their way back together again....My guess for the second novel of the trilogy...maybe Noah's trip back to World and his life there was the spore cloud collides, interspersed with Earth's actual launching of Venture and maybe a twist of Ryan re-exerting parental control over his children?I could see the final installment being a joint quest between Worlders and Terrans to find the master race that scooped up the original Worlders from Earth and deposited them on World. I'm sort expecting to be disappointed by however Ms. Kress resolves this.There were some overall echoes from Beggars in Spain, especially the protected enclaves of the privileged. I think Ms. Kress' perspective has changed now that she is her own middle-aged protagonist.

  • Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
    2019-03-29 16:19

    A copy of the review can be found here: Science Fiction is a thing! And Nancy Kress blew this one completely out of the park.First, I want to point out that I am an incredibly hard sell with Sci-Fi. I don't read it often, because I normally can't stay interested. Second, I have a degree in Psychology--my husband is the Chemist. So in no way do I tend to enjoy stories that surround the hard sciences. Third, when I read blurbs that include "aliens" I run the other way, I don't even finish the blurbs. BUT, I can get behind Tomorrow's Kin with zero issue, finished the blurb, and was ready to dive into the story.The following review may contain minor spoilers, so if you don't want that to happen, stop reading the review now and just go read the book!It is well fleshed out in how the aliens arrive, who they are, what they want, and what happens to Earth after they visit. It also never looses it's more important piece: humanity. We get to follow a very broken family and how the Denebs arriving made the fractures even more apparent and it is so dang good, y'all. Plus, the book actually spans past the countdown to a terrible spore field that will kill and cripple everything (and the Denebs leaving Earth) and I think that was a brilliant move. Just like the Bubonic plague, nothing kills out all of humanity at once, and it is incredibly important to investigate the fall out.  At it's core, Tomorrow's Kin is about humanity and it's will to bounce back, survive, and adapt.The aliens are believable and not hokey, and I actually ended up really liking them--and slightly preferring them to their Earth counterparts. It wasn't actually they're fault, but considering so many of the conspiracy theorists in the story decided it was, the GIF is incredibly accurate for this book.Pick this book up when it comes out on July 11. You will not be disappointed.Thank you to NetGalley, Nancy Kress, and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.  

  • Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
    2019-04-14 18:26

    Having previously read and loved Yesterday's Kin, I was eagerly looking forward to this extended version (though the page count doesn't expand by much). It starts of the same, with Dr Marianne Jenner being collected by the FBI in the middle of an evening celebration dedicated to her and her work, as she's needed for the alien issue. Because aliens have landed, and it's her work specifically that the entire world is now relying on.Four months ago aliens arrived on earth. They set up shop, didn't allow anyone on board or (to anyone's knowledge) leave their own ship, but they started communicating immediately with the UN in English that rapidly improved the more study they took. Two months ago they requested permission to land their structure in New York Harbour and in return they'll share some of their knowledge of physics (though not technology).Now, though, Marianne along with very few others have been specifically invited on board the vessel. And you'll just have to read on to find out what happens next.The point of view changes between Marianne, her son Noah (who's a bit of a failure at pretty much everything), and though the book starts of with rather a narrow focus, it expands as the plot expands and the deadline of the whole point of the book is revealed. Though the whole ten month thing is almost negligible - what this is really all about is family - it's what holds Marianne together, and it's what drives the aliens onwards.What I don't really remember from reading Yesterday's Kin was the slightly awkward choice of deaths - first to one of the few (only?) black characters (Sissy), and then to the only gay character. Marianne also then sleeps with Sissy's husband, for some reason. Yes, it shows the failings of our 'hero', but the actual choices were disappointing. Overall this is more of a three-and-a-half star rating, but I bumped it up to four in case it's just my preconceived ideas from remembering loving Yesterday's Kin way more than I ended up liking this one.  

  • Lia Cooper
    2019-03-25 10:08

    ARC received in exchange for a review vis Netgalley.I was initially excited to read this book because I've been on a real scifi kick this summer and I was approved for an ARC shortly after watching Arrival. I expected an alien first contact story in a similar vein. I got a very small amount of that in the first part of the book, but as the narrative continued to jump further and further into the future, the less attached i became to it. All together, the story spans roughly 10 years, which isn't bad on it's own, but the time jumps were so regular they didn't allow the reader much time to dwell on what was going on, and a huge problem for me was the fact that much of the really important and/or interesting action through the first 3/4 of the book took place off screen. One of the best examples of this are the choices and transformation undertaken by the protagonist's youngest son, Noah, during Part 1 of the story. He makes a huge life change that effects his place in the story and yet that entire transformation happens completely off screen. Most, if not all, of the actual science also appears off screen.There's an unfortunate amount of 'telling' rather than 'showing' as the author continually tries to catch the reader up on everything that happened during a time jump instead of just....showing up the exciting/interesting stuff happening.(view spoiler)[I wasn't a huge fan of the way Kress stuck in two diverse stereotypes and then used them for cheap "emotional" shock value. When you kill your gay and fridge your "frizzy haired" black woman, it tells me that you only included them to check off diversity boxes. =/ (hide spoiler)]The entire third part was predictable (it's nothing you havent seen done before).Overall, not the worst thing i've ready, but uninspiring especially compared to Arrival (perhaps an unfair comparison, but considering how closely together i engaged with both and their similar subject matters I don't think it's entirely inappropriate to talk about them together).If you're looking for a very low-science, mild first contact story you can give it a try.