Kress continues her story from the first volume more than a decade later after the events in the first. The focus moves to the elder daughter, and her relationship with her younger sister, one of the generation of children’s born with a DNA mutation that prevents aggression or violence of any kind.
To add to this complex relationship, the global economy is in a deep depression, except for China, and the politics, and the politicians in the US have gotten ugly (not that they are a pretty bunch at the moment). And to cap it all, there’s an alien spaceship sitting in orbit around Mars!
Kress focusses on the relationship with her sister, her mother and her partner, as ever providing rounded, complex characters.
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