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Darwin's Children

Greg Bear

Greg Bear's Nebula Award-winning novel, Darwin's Radio, painted a chilling portrait of humankind on the threshold of a radical leap in evolution-one that would alter our species forever. Now Bear continues his provocative tale of the human race confronted by an uncertain future, where "survival of the fittest" takes on astonishing and controversial new dimensions. DARWIN'S CHILDREN Eleven years have passed since SHEVA, an ancient retrovirus, was discovered in human DNA-a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence . . . and face a world that is outraged about their very existence. For these special youths, possessed of remarkable, advanced traits that mark a major turning point in human development, are also ticking time bombs harboring hosts of viruses that could exterminate the "old" human race. Fear and hatred of the virus children have made them a persecuted underclass, quarantined by the government in special "schools," targeted by federally sanctioned bounty hunters, and demonized by hysterical segments of the population. But pockets of resistance have sprung up among those opposed to treating the children like dangerous diseases-and who fear the worst if the government's draconian measures are carried to their extreme. Scientists Kaye Lang and Mitch Rafelson are part of this small but determined minority. Once at the forefront of the discovery and study of the SHEVA outbreak, they now live as virtual exiles in the Virginia suburbs with their daughter, Stella-a bright, inquisitive virus child who is quickly maturing, straining to break free of the protective world her parents have built around her, and eager to seek out others of her kind. But for all their precautions, Kaye, Mitch, and Stella have not slipped below the government's radar. The agencies fanatically devoted to segregating and controlling the new-breed children monitor their every move-watching and waiting fo

Greg Bear's Nebula Award-winning novel, Darwin's Radio, painted a chilling portrait of humankind on the threshold of a radical leap in evolution-one that would alter our species forever. Now Bear continues his provocative tale of the human race confronted by an uncertain future, where "survival of the fittest" takes on astonishing and controversial new dimensions. DARWIN'S CHILDREN Eleven years have passed since SHEVA, an ancient retrovirus, was discovered in human DNA-a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence . . . and face a world that is outraged about their very existence. For these special youths, possessed of remarkable, advanced traits that mark a major turning point in human development, are also ticking time bombs harboring hosts of viruses that could exterminate the "old" human race. Fear and hatred of the virus children have made them a persecuted underclass, quarantined by the government in special "schools," targeted by federally sanctioned bounty hunters, and demonized by hysterical segments of the population. But pockets of resistance have sprung up among those opposed to treating the children like dangerous diseases-and who fear the worst if the government's draconian measures are carried to their extreme. Scientists Kaye Lang and Mitch Rafelson are part of this small but determined minority. Once at the forefront of the discovery and study of the SHEVA outbreak, they now live as virtual exiles in the Virginia suburbs with their daughter, Stella-a bright, inquisitive virus child who is quickly maturing, straining to break free of the protective world her parents have built around her, and eager to seek out others of her kind. But for all their precautions, Kaye, Mitch, and Stella have not slipped below the government's radar. The agencies fanatically devoted to segregating and controlling the new-breed children monitor their every move-watching and waiting fo
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Greg Bear's Nebula Award-winning novel, Darwin's Radio, painted a chilling portrait of humankind on the threshold of a radical leap in evolution-one that would alter our species forever. Now Bear continues his provocative tale of the human race confronted by an uncertain future, where "survival of the fittest" takes on astonishing and controversial new dimensions. DARWIN'S CHILDREN Eleven years have passed since SHEVA, an ancient retrovirus, was discovered in human DNA-a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence . . . and face a world that is outraged about their very existence. For these special youths, possessed of remarkable, advanced traits that mark a major turning point in human development, are also ticking time bombs harboring hosts of viruses that could exterminate the "old" human race. Fear and hatred of the virus children have made them a persecuted underclass, quarantined by the government in special "schools," targeted by federally sanctioned bounty hunters, and demonized by hysterical segments of the population. But pockets of resistance have sprung up among those opposed to treating the children like dangerous diseases-and who fear the worst if the government's draconian measures are carried to their extreme. Scientists Kaye Lang and Mitch Rafelson are part of this small but determined minority. Once at the forefront of the discovery and study of the SHEVA outbreak, they now live as virtual exiles in the Virginia suburbs with their daughter, Stella-a bright, inquisitive virus child who is quickly maturing, straining to break free of the protective world her parents have built around her, and eager to seek out others of her kind. But for all their precautions, Kaye, Mitch, and Stella have not slipped below the government's radar. The agencies fanatically devoted to segregating and controlling the new-breed children monitor their every move-watching and waiting fo

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jeff McCarthy

Length:

6h


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:34


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

00:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

00:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:17


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

10:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:46


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:50


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:31


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:51


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:29


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

01:01


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:04


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:33


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:21


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:28


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:19


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:22


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:40


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:16


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

01:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:50


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:26


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:01


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:01


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:26


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:20


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:02


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:33


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:03


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:22


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:09