Monday, June 29, 2015

Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola by Bruce Merchant

Survivors of Ebola
by Bruce Merchant

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: May 11, 2015
ISBN-13: 9781312873988
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 454
Available from: Amazon | Barnes& Noble
 In another Century and a half, the world, as we know it, will be greatly
changed. This book foresees changes that most of us could scarcely
dream of. It imagines a world where current international tensions
have mostly dissolved, where continental solidarity has supplanted most national boundaries, and where global warming has actually abated. It is a time when space exploration is of prime importance and when robotically operated stations exist on our own Moon and on Mars and Venus..

But several traditional earthly problems have not been resolved. One of these is the periodic emergence of infectious diseases that (by means of insidious mutations) have evaded all modern efforts to prevent or control them. Enter Q-strain, an astoundingly pernicious mutation of Ebola virus which, over the period of a few years, totally wipes out all humans on the Earth. There is time, however, in the interim, to transport the very earliest
stage (blastocysts) of the clones from many very accomplished humans to the robotic station on the Moon. (These clones had been acquired years before the epidemic and stored in suspended animation in liquid hydrogen).

Roughly a century later, when the “all clear” for absence of the Ebola Q-strain mutant on the Earth has been biologically verified, these “celebrity clones” are given birth on the Moon and raised to adulthood by robotic guides and caretakers. The story then centers on the development of fourteen spirited “celebrity clones” who must find ways to realistically coexist, and then to ultimately return a human presence to our now Ebola-free blue planet. This sounds like quite a challenge, and in fact, that’s just what it is.

 Moonkind by Bruce Merchant

Moonkind: Survivors of EbolaThe salvation of humanity launches for the moon in 3…2…1…and Bruce Merchant takes us into a future where an unbeatable strain of the Ebola virus slowly chokes the life out of all mankind on Earth. The only hope to save humankind lay in a frozen suspension, clones of “great” humans whose DNA was taken long before the virus came. Known for their brilliance, scientific proclivity, whatever it takes to re-create superior humans, the moon will be the birthing ground for their cloned selves. The last of the humans alive died long before robots would start the sequence that births, raises and educates these clones. Now teens, with only robots for parents, this first “batch” has been taught about everything imaginable- except how to deal with teenage hormones, the concept of “love” and the meaning of “free will,” and compassionate justice. The time is growing near when they must take over running the moon colony and sending two brave souls back to Earth to learn how to cope and re-build on the ghost planet that was their true home. The catch? It is a one way ticket into uncharted territory, unknown danger and complete isolation from all they have ever known. Will these young adults be ready for the challenges ahead? Can they cope with the current challenges they face?

Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola by Bruce Merchant is far from the typical science fiction tale. Moonkind takes us on a sobering journey that amplifies the fact that no matter how well we try to cover all bases, there is still an unknown quantity in the equation, humans, themselves. Did Bruce merchant look into a crystal ball for his tale or is he sharing knowledge from his own scientific background? While creating likable and believable characters and a scenario for Earth’s demise that is not farfetched, there is a depth to this tale that far surpasses simple entertainment. In the end, only one man remained alive long enough to “teach” these kids how to become a community while encouraging them to excel in what interests them. His name is Thompson, and it is his voice that truly becomes a beacon for these fourteen clones.

Well written, definitely thought-provoking, I was trapped within this tale, trying to imagine the enormity of the challenge set before this group. There is no fluff, but there are moments of youthful exuberance, puppy love, hormonal defiance and a testing of the waters of sensuality. A fascinating take on life in the future and survival of a species.

I received this copy of Moonkind from Smith Publicity And lulu in exchange for my honest review.

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