Mitochondrial DNA, personality-altering drugs and clouds of deadly viruses fill the pages of this latest novel by award-winning queen of hard science fiction Nancy Kress. But “Yesterday’s Kin” (Tachyon, 189 pp., $14.95) is more than a catalog of extrapolated technologies; the emotional loads they carry play a central role here. Alternating chapters between the viewpoints of a mother and son, Kress offers a personal take on global catastrophe.
Her clearly depicted horror at being unable to protect her children from the looming pandemic lends the story’s speedy pace guts and grace, and Noah’s flailing self-justification comes across as expedient and desperate. Sparely constructed and cleverly resolved, “Yesterday’s Kin” provides everything readers need for an immersive plunge into a frightening, fascinating and inescapable predicament.
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Cover by Thomas Canty.