disclaimer – i received an e-galley of this novel from tachyon publications in exchange for an honest review.
aliens have landed with the news that a deadly cloud of spores is on its way and will kill all the people on the planet. they know this because it has already killed all the people on two of their own planets. now they want to work with earth to help ensure the survival of both races, but can either side be trusted?
when i started yesterday’s kin i felt very lost, as if i had walked into a play after the intermission and was trying to catch up. once i got past that first chapter, though, the story snapped into place and moved very quickly. the science was very accessible without being condescending and following the personal relationships was very easy. also, i felt a great deal of empathy for noah, the main character’s son.
in all, nancy kress has written a very readable science fiction story that is well crafted and enjoyable.
three out of five stars