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Escape from Extinction, an Eco-Genetic Novel (Vector Books, forthcoming October 1, 2020), is a retelling of the Prometheus/Frankenstein story for the age of genetics. Scientists wielding new tools for editing DNA have the power to change the blueprint for humanity, hack evolution, re-engineer nature, resurrect extinct species, and even create entirely new forms of life. We Escape from Extinction, an Eco-Genetic Novel (Vector Books, forthcoming October 1, 2020), is a retelling of the Prometheus/Frankenstein story for the age of genetics. Scientists wielding new tools for editing DNA have the power to change the blueprint for humanity, hack evolution, re-engineer nature, resurrect extinct species, and even create entirely new forms of life. We are in what Siddhartha Mukherjee in his bestseller The Gene calls “a headlong sprint into an abyss.” Escape from Extinction uses storytelling to explore this abyss. In Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, the intersection of avarice and scientific hubris gave us man-eating velociraptors. Here, the “monster” is an empathetic and charming de-extincted Neanderthal teenager, who many nevertheless believe presents the same threat to humanity as Crichton’s dinosaurs.


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Escape from Extinction, an Eco-Genetic Novel (Vector Books, forthcoming October 1, 2020), is a retelling of the Prometheus/Frankenstein story for the age of genetics. Scientists wielding new tools for editing DNA have the power to change the blueprint for humanity, hack evolution, re-engineer nature, resurrect extinct species, and even create entirely new forms of life. We Escape from Extinction, an Eco-Genetic Novel (Vector Books, forthcoming October 1, 2020), is a retelling of the Prometheus/Frankenstein story for the age of genetics. Scientists wielding new tools for editing DNA have the power to change the blueprint for humanity, hack evolution, re-engineer nature, resurrect extinct species, and even create entirely new forms of life. We are in what Siddhartha Mukherjee in his bestseller The Gene calls “a headlong sprint into an abyss.” Escape from Extinction uses storytelling to explore this abyss. In Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, the intersection of avarice and scientific hubris gave us man-eating velociraptors. Here, the “monster” is an empathetic and charming de-extincted Neanderthal teenager, who many nevertheless believe presents the same threat to humanity as Crichton’s dinosaurs.

36 review for Escape from Extinction, an Eco-Genetic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I absolutely loved this book. There are characters to love, and some to hate, also. It's very well-written. The story, though... the story! It takes you from "what if" to "uh oh" to "oh, no... no, no, no" to "now you have to give me a sequel". I was entranced by the unfolding of a potential future, by the hopes, challenges, possibilities. "Escape from Extinction" has left me wondering where I would stand on the question of "how far should we go?". I definitely need a follow-up book! My thanks to I absolutely loved this book. There are characters to love, and some to hate, also. It's very well-written. The story, though... the story! It takes you from "what if" to "uh oh" to "oh, no... no, no, no" to "now you have to give me a sequel". I was entranced by the unfolding of a potential future, by the hopes, challenges, possibilities. "Escape from Extinction" has left me wondering where I would stand on the question of "how far should we go?". I definitely need a follow-up book! My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for an advance copy to review. This review is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This book asks the hard questions: just because we can do something, should we? Lots of good philosophical dilemmas. It puts a human face on "iffy" scientific breakthrough issues. The next part is specific to the story line so you may not want to read any further. Not only are the extinct plants being brought back, this guy wants to bring back animals and even a Neanderthal. Even though he doesn't want children, he's willing to modify his own genes to accomplish this. He even learns to tolerate be This book asks the hard questions: just because we can do something, should we? Lots of good philosophical dilemmas. It puts a human face on "iffy" scientific breakthrough issues. The next part is specific to the story line so you may not want to read any further. Not only are the extinct plants being brought back, this guy wants to bring back animals and even a Neanderthal. Even though he doesn't want children, he's willing to modify his own genes to accomplish this. He even learns to tolerate being called Dad. Hidden in their own little world for the first fifteen years, it all starts to unwind when the truth is leaked to the outside world. I love what a normal teenager he is despite the differences between him and the other children within the preserve. This is a gentle look at how a good person can be demonized by those who don't put a human face to different others. (I received this in a goodreads giveaway.)

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