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2020-02-21
Children of a Dead Earth III: Children of the Divide
350 pages
Tomlinson, Patrick S.Patrick S. Tomlinson

Benson and his wife Theresa are attempting to be good adopitive parents to Benexx. He's a typical adolescent, except for also being a native Atlantian. Twenty years into the colonization of the continent, humans have been surrounded by a self-slected "refugee" population, headed by The Bearer with No Name. Bearers generally are third class Atlantians, dominated by the breeding pairs who use the bearers as carriers of broods of offspring. Three genders is just one of many issues to handle as the colony struggles to provide resources for themselves and the indigenous population. They also must develop an early warning system on one of the planet's moons in case the unknown hurlers of the black hole realize humanity has escaped destruction.
Highly Recommended

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2020-02-10
Children of a Dead Earth II: Trident's Forge
419 pages
Tomlinson, Patrick S.Patrick S. Tomlinson

Humanity has survived the interstellar passage and the Ark now serves as a power station and manufacturing base on the planet they have named Atlantis. Far off on the other major continent, the native race is effectively unaware of the humans' arrival...until a boatload of them/us show up on their shore!
Highly Recommended

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2020-02-01
Children of a Dead Earth I: The Ark
328 pages
Tomlinson, Patrick S.Patrick S. Tomlinson

A black hole is on its way to the solar system. Earth cannot survive it's arrival. Only a united planet can provide the solution, a generation ship sent off to a distant star. The book begins generations later, just as the Ark is about to make its final approach. Chief Constable Benson just has to solve the mystery of a missing member of the flight crew. In the meantime, an unexpected sentient race is revealed on their target planet.
Highly Recommended

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2020-01-12
Tripwire
384 pages
Child, LeeLee Child

I enjoyed this re-read from 2014. My darling wife also read it and wanted to discuss fine points as I went along. It is a book which does not disappoint.
Highly Recommended

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2020-01-05
Testaments
402 pages
Atwood, MargaretMargaret Atwood

Following after The Handmaid's Tale, this novel reveals what happened after that story ends. It does so in documents revealed by later researchers who are studying the history of Gilead. I felt vaguely disengaged and I think the writing strategy as historical documents played a part. Of course, it has been many years since I enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale which I remember enjoying very much.
Mildly Recommended.