If you’re old enough, you remember a wonderful expression from the 1960s. “Tell it like it is.” Of course, we English teachers officially hated it because it wasn’t grammatically correct. As much as the rules of grammar have changed, however, who knows whether it would be acceptable now?
Nonetheless, “Tell it like it is” is a very apt description of two new novels (not yet released) I’ve been privileged to read and review. Both of them deal with issues that people get really worked up about.
One is abortion. The Breeding Tree is a dystopian novel about a future society that believes that its job is the perfecting of the human race. So it uses “creation specialists” to further refine the process. Imperfections are not to be tolerated. So abortion is a common practice, even when an imperfection is only highly likely.
Abortion for them is different, though. Woman don’t have babies. They don’t get pregnant. In fact, their eggs are harvested soon after birth and fertilized artificially whenever a baby is needed. This society has perfected the concept of “test tube babies.”
While learning to become a creation specialist, Kate sees babies at various stages of development. But then she witnesses–in fact, she must participate in–the killing of imperfect babies. When she discovers that one of her eggs was used without her knowledge to create a baby that is scheduled to be terminated, she starts to see her society’s practices in a different light.
If you want to learn what Kate does, read J. Andersen’s The Breeding Tree when it releases in September. It’s available for pre-order now.
I’ll tell you about the other book on Wednesday.
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