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  • ISBN: 9781984806925
  • ISBN: 1984806920
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2020.

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"In this mind-bending debut novel, Carole Stivers explores what it means to be a mother in a world that is more chilling and precarious than ever. It is 2049. When a U.S. attempt at stealth biowarfare goes awry, a team of scientists is engaged to ensure human survival on earth. Their best efforts fail, and they must turn to their last resort: a plan to place genetically engineered children inside the cocoons of large-scale robots--to be incubated, birthed, and raised by these machines, which have been programmed with the latest advances in artificial intelligence: the Mother Code. Kai is born in America's desert Southwest, his only companion his robotic Mother, Rho-Z. Equipped with the knowledge and intuition of a human mother, Rho-Z raises Kai and teaches him how to survive. As children like him come of age, their Mothers transform too--in ways that were never predicted. When government survivors decide that the machines who raised the children must be destroyed, Kai must fight to save the only parent he has ever known"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #1
    In the near future, an ill-conceived attempt at precision biological warfare lets loose a deadly virus that threatens to decimate the world's population. While the U.S. government and military try to keep a lid on the growing pandemic, a group of scientists races to create genetically engineered children immune to the disease and safeguarded by intelligent robot "mothers." The robots are launched into the deserts of Southern Utah, isolated from the troubles of the world, and the children grow and learn under the guidance of their protectors. Debuting author Stivers, a biochemist, blends hard science, emotional relationships, and artificial intelligence to produce a chilling and realistic narrative. While the plot is compelling and thought-provoking, it is the characters that shine as they come to terms with their own mortality while simultaneously trying to ensure humanity's survival. This story will appeal to readers who enjoy the cinematic style of Michael Crichton as well as those who may recall the unsettling combination of viruses and human evolution in Greg Bear's Darwin's Radio (1999). Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Carole Stivers was born in East Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She went on to post-doctoral work at Stanford University before launching a career in medical diagnostics. She now lives in California, where she's combined her love of writing and her fascination with the possibilities of science to create her first novel, The Mother Code.

Subject: Artificial intelligence > Fiction.
Motherhood > Fiction.
Artificial intelligence.
Genre: Fiction.
Science fiction.

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