The second instalment in Warren’s ‘Tomorrow’s Ancestors’ series picks up where we left off, continuing the tale of subjugation, classism and racism that began in the first (reviewed here.).
I try not to give any spoilers in my reviews, so a review of a sequel is always more difficult and less forthcoming than that of the first in a series; suffice to say, the story is just as compelling as before.
As before, I am unsure if the target audience is correct – especially as even though some of the themes are mature, there is often more allusion than detail. This doesn’t detract from the story or impact upon the reader’s enjoyment of it; indeed, I find a lot of the best horror, for example, hints at things and lets the audience come up with their own (inevitably more horrific) ideas. This has a natural ‘rating’ effect; the reader will only make something as bad as they can personally envisage, and therefore makes the thing hinted at horrific to them.
There were a couple of instances of typos and overwriting but, again, I predominantly floated over those and just enjoyed the story; however, there was one specific section that I thought was particularly well handled, which I consider a fair tradeoff (though I’m always interested in hearing others’ opinions and whether they match mine).
The light that Warren shines on human nature can be pretty unforgiving in its honesty, and is sometimes more rational than emotional, yet often full of hope. And who doesn’t need a little more honesty, rationality and hope, nowadays?
People are people, which is both the blessing and the curse of the human race – and there’s something strangely comforting about that.
What happens when the future abandons the past?
Elise and her companions have made it to the safety of Uracil but at a price. Desperate to secure her family’s passage, she makes a deal with Uracil’s Tri-Council. She’ll become their spy, jeopardising her own freedom in the process, in exchange for her family’s safe transfer. But first she has to help rescue the next Neanderthal, Twenty-Two.
Twenty-Two has never left the confines of the steel walls that keep her separated from the other exhibits. She has no contact with the outside world and no way of knowing why she has been abandoned. With diminishing deliveries of food and water, she has to start breaking the museum’s rules if she wants a second chance at living.
One belongs to the future and the other to the past, but both have to adapt—or neither will survive…
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