By Nancy Kress
The yr is 2035. After ecological failures approximately destroyed the Earth, 26 survivors—the final of humanity—are trapped by means of an alien race in a sterile enclosure referred to as the Shell.
Fifteen-year-old Pete is likely one of the Six—children who have been born deformed or sterile and raised within the Shell. As, one after the other, the survivors develop unwell and die, Pete and the Six fight to place apart their anger on the alien Tesslies on the way to locate the potential to rebuild the earth jointly. Their purely wish lies inside of short time-portals into the hot prior, the place they carry again little ones to refill their disappearing gene pool.
Meanwhile, in 2013, magnificent mathematician Julie Kahn works with the FBI to resolve a chain of inexplicable kidnappings. unexpectedly her predictive algorithms start to display greater than simply illegal activity. As she starts to achieve her function within the drawing close disaster, concurrently affecting the Earth and the Shell, Julie closes in at the fact. She and Pete are converging in time upon the way forward for humanity—a destiny which would by no means unfold.
Weaving 3 consecutive time strains to solve either the secret of the Earth's destruction and the major to its salvation, this taut post-apocalyptic mystery bargains a topical plot with a lovely twist.
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Petra lay asleep on a blanket, a square of plastic between it and the clumsy diaper made of another blanket. On top she wore a very faded yellow shirt too big for her. Her tiny pink mouth, the little curled fists with the creases at the wrists, the shape of her head… She was a perfect human person and of course she would be fertile. Radiation levels had subsided enough by now, McAllister had said, although Pete didn’t really understand what that meant. It didn’t matter. What mattered was that he had done this thing: brought back a perfect, precious boost to the restarting of humanity on Earth.
She did. The path of subsequent abductions moved roughly up the East Coast, sometimes swerving inland, sometimes back-tracking. The intervals weren’t even, coming in clusters that themselves weren’t even. Nine children after Tommy, including Kara and Jennifer Carter. The kids ranged from ten months old to Tommy’s six years. Seven girls, three boys. Two hysterical witnesses, one relatively calm one (but her baby hadn’t been taken; she’d fought off the young abductress). One hysterical witness had been pushed over the slippery edge of her already advancing illness into an institutional schizophrenia, which did not help the FBI Assistant Director to trust her credibility.
Ravi blurted. ” McAllister didn’t answer. She never answered anything she didn’t choose to. But she gave Ravi a look that Pete couldn’t read, and didn’t want to. All he wanted was for her to keep on holding his face between her long slim fingers, forever and ever. She didn’t. But he could feel her hands long after she took them away, could feel his own deep blush, could feel the burden, welcome because she had given it, that McAllister had just placed on his heart. To turn his red face away from her, he gazed down at Petra.
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress