- Used Books
- Staff Picks
- Gifts & Gift Cards
- Sell Books
- Stores & Events
- Let's Talk Books
Special Offers see all
More at Powell's
Recently Viewed clear list
Edenbornby Nick Sagan
Synopses & Reviews
Edenborn begins with a stark landscape — a microbial apocalypse called Black Ep has wiped humanity from the globe — yet all is not lost. Six individuals have survived the epidemic and are now committed to the task of rebuilding a peaceful civilization. But not everyone shares the same vision, and soon two very different societies begin to form.
As we follow a child from each "family," someone — or something — begins to threaten their innocence. And as the mystery mounts, a mutated strain of Black Ep makes a deadly return. Now the architects who gave breath to this new world must scramble to protect their children from a two-front assault.
It's a race against extinction, and Nick Sagan keeps us riveted to the page.
"Sagan revisits the future world of his well-received debut, 2003's Idlewild. The narrator of that story, Halloween, is now a minor character; there's a new generation trying to survive after the 'Microbial Apocalypse,' when the Black Ep virus wiped out all but a handful of humans. Sagan focuses primarily on the younger set, upon whose shoulders the hope of a future rests, telling the story through numerous first-person narrators. An early chapter from the POV of Malachi, the 'right-hand machine' of Halloween's contemporary Pandora, succinctly explains the setup and lists the players (readers may find themselves frequently returning to it). What's left of the population is divided into two rival colonies. In the north live a group of young 'posthumans,' biochemically engineered girls who are immune to Black Ep, and their guardians. The liveliest and fiercest of these adolescents is 15-year-old Penny. In the south, there's a religious colony of people drugged to the gills against the virus, one of whom is the philosophical naf Haji, whose poetic narration makes a nice counterpoint to that of the increasingly angry Penny. Penny, Haji and Pandora provide distinct voices, but other narrators muddy the waters. A killing and the threat of a new plague bubble under the plot's surface but never take center-stage urgency. Sagan's sharp observations and rich imagination entertain, though, and lay a strong groundwork for volume three. Agent, Richard Pine. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Fit to bursting with flights of speculation that could fuel the careers of many lesser writers. Sagan's second may not be quite as awe-inspiring as his first — but that's hardly a criticism of this rich fantasia, peopled by painfully real characters." Kirkus Reviews
Following the near-extinction of humanity due to a microbial apocalypse called Black Ep, six survivors attempting to rebuild a peaceful civilization face a mysterious threat — as well as a mutated strand of the deadly Black Ep.
About the Author
Nick Sagan has been a screenwriter for ten years. The son of the late astronomer and novelist Carl Sagan, he is at work on his third novel, Everfree.
What Our Readers Are Saying
Other books you might like