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Summary

Are you who they say you are?

London, 2052. An ID tag is embedded in the flesh of your neck. Your every move is tracked. Your genes tell the State nearly everything about you. Everything you were. Everything you are. Everything you will be. For Freya, Kane and the rest of this fledgling generation, the battle to break free of their genetic horoscopes will not be without bloodshed....

Holly Cave was born in Devon, UK, in 1983. She has a BSc in biology and an MSc in science communication from Imperial College London. She spent four years working at the Science Museum in London. After a career break to travel the world, Holly became a freelance writer and now writes about science for nonexpert audiences alongside her fiction work.

She lives in rural Buckinghamshire in a wisteria-draped pub (yes, pub) with her husband and her dog, Cooper. The Generation is her debut novel (although she wrote a number of unpublished works with her father on his typewriter in the 1990s). The Generation has been shortlisted for the 2015 Mumsnet and Janklow & Nesbit novel award.

©2015 Holly Cave (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Interesting take on genetic futures

This kept me really engaged. I was really surprised at how quickly it flew by. Overall the performance was ok but I found a few of the voiced characters a bit grating and sometimes sentences were weirdly chopped in half.
My biggest query having come to the end is about the disregard by the author of the concept of medical ethics.

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Nature or nurture

This book is a philosophical exploration of the nature or nurture debate couched in the genre of science fiction. I found it an enchanted and gripping read. The narration felt lively and accurate and enhanced the text.

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This is so close to our future .brilliant!

If you are in any doubt about the way things have gone on since 2019 read this!
It’s so close to the NWO that this isn’t far off the world they want us in. This could be our future .

For some reason I didn’t get into the first bit but glad I didn’t stop, so worth the listen, I’m going to listen again.

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Great concept, but didn't work for me

I don't know whether the performance let down the story line or whether both were weak: I found myself losing concentration when listening and consequently can't say that I enjoyed the book at all. I couldn't get into the characters, or even follow them from one chapter to another; maybe it's a failing on my part but I persevered to the end and still didn't feel in any way attached to the characters or plot.
The concept is interesting, the plot should have been, but this really wasn't for me.
It's included in membership, which is the only reason that I continued with it rather than requesting a refund.

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Modern take on 1984

A fun quick listen with a lovely message. As I listened it did feel like a modernised view of 1984. There were some elements that I would have liked to have had more details on but I enjoyed the pace of the book.

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Terrible and depressing

The story is really slow and sad. I did not finish it, but a couple of hours in nothing had happened yet besides a recitation of how terrible their lives were.

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wonderful listen.

A good SI-FI thriller. A deep thought into genetics. what you're born with, and what you can be.