Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1) by Nancy Kress

Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1)

Tomorrow's Kin is the first volume in and all new hard SF trilogy by Nancy Kress based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday's Kin.The aliens have arrived... they've landed their Embassy ship on a platform in New York Harbor, and will only speak with the United Nations. They say that their world is so different from Earth, in terms of gravity and atmosphere, that they cannot leave their ship. The population of Earth has erupted in fear and specul...

Details Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1)

TitleTomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1)
Release DateJul 11th, 2017
PublisherTor Books
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Aliens

Reviews Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1)

  • Bradley
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!I've read a lot of Nancy Kress, going way back to the Eighties and Nineties when she was a regular in Asimov. I'll be honest and say that I was amazed by her debut novels. Some of the later ones, though? Not so much. I know that this novel isn't going to get a super-glowing review, but I can tell you that it's solid novel. Very solid.As with a lot of Kress, we get a lot of single or at most dual high-science concep...
  • Gary
    Tomorrow’s Kin is Kress’ expansion of her award-winning novella Yesterday’s Kin. The plot is a first contact/soft invasion story, in which aliens come to earth to warn humanity of an impending disaster and to help us develop the technology to stop it. There is a catch, of course (no spoilers here), that calls into question the aliens’ motives for helping us (or possibly, questions whether they are here to help us at all).The premise of To...
  • Carrie
    Aliens have landed on Earth and stationed their ship at the New York Harbor. They've communicated that their own world is very different from Earth and they cannot leave their ship but are willing to talk with the United Nations about their arrival. This is of course causing a bit of fear and panic among citizens wanting to know more and why the aliens are here. Dr. Marianne Jenner had made a discovery that got her name on the map but while atten...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum’m always up for a good tale of alien first contact, and Tomorrow’s Kin definitely fit the bill. Expanding upon the author’s Nebula Award-winning novella Yesterday’s Kin, this book is told in multiple sections, first chronicling the arrival of the extra-terrestrials before exploring the far-reaching repercussions in the latter parts of the novel.It is New York City...
  • Bookwraiths
    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.Tomorrow’s Kin by Nancy Press is a first encounter science fiction story which expands on the author’s Nebula Award winning novella Yesterday’s Kin. While it has some explosive events and normal alien conspiracy elements to it, this story is more focused on its main character, Dr. Marianne Jenner, and the cutting-edge science at its heart.Four months ago, an object heading toward Earth was discovered to be...
  • Everdeen Mason
    So, this is more of a 2.5. From my column:Tomorrow’s Kin, by Nancy Kress, starts off with a strong, intriguing angle. Theoretical geneticist Dr. Marianne Jenner makes a seemingly minor discovery that catches the interest of aliens camping out in New York. They inform her that she and a team of human scientists will be crucial in preventing a disaster in 10 months that could end humanity. The first half of the book swells with promise and intere...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    2.5 StarsI was originally very excited for the premise of this story, but unfortunately I was quite disappointed by the execution. The synopsis sounded very similar to the basic setup of Arrival/Story of Your Life. However, this book was completely different and it would be unfair to compare it to that masterpiece work.For me, the downfall of this novel started with the marketing, which setup the wrong expectations for the reader. This book is ad...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy me mateys! Grab your grog! Here is book 1 of the sixth installment of the 3 Bells trilogy showcase.Well, this was not yer usual alien first contact story but it sure was engaging. To start with, the aliens are already on Earth when the book begins. In fact, they have been there for months and no one really knows what they want or why. Speculation is rampant. But the aliens will only deal with the UN and then only under specific guidelines. T...
  • Lois
    This had a great premise but the story kinda loses focus about 40% in. It's ok and I'll read the next installment.
  • Kate
    I thoroughly enjoyed this, gobbling it up, and cannot wait for book 2! 4.5 stars.
  • Clair
    A first encounter sci-fi story. Dr Marianne Jenner discovers something unusual in the human genome and receives an invite to visit an alien Embassy ship which is floating over New York Harbour. Here she discovers how her work relates to the aliens and an imminent disaster that is threatening the planet.There was plenty of science in this book to keep me entertained, from genetics, physics, ecology etc. and aliens with possibly shady motives to gi...
  • Kristen
    Tomorrow's Kin is the first novel in a new trilogy expanding upon Nancy Kress' excellent Nebula Award-winning novella Yesterday's Kin. The first third is the previously published story, and the rest of the novel follows what happens after the end of the original novella. Though I did think the novella was the strongest part, I found the novel as a whole to be smart and engaging. I also enjoyed following the main protagonist, Dr. Marianne Jenner, ...
  • Natalie
    A mature female scientist protagonist who is a grandmother who works. She isn't/ hasn't been a perfect mom, or maybe she has ? She hasn't been the perfect wife or girlfriend, or maybe she has ? She isn't/ hasn't been the perfect friend or co-worker, or maybe she has ? Why is it so hard to know? Because life's not perfect and neither are the people we love, depend on, armoire or even envy. Why? Because good days follow bad days, but sometimes not ...
  • Ann-Marie
    First book in a trilogy. Nancy Kress is a science fiction author I have a lot of respect for. She writes good "touchy-feely" science fiction. This book is a good representative of her work.Sorry. I have written a lot of reviews lately and am tired. I bought this book, so don't feel the need to give it a thorough examination.
  • Chris Cormier
    Excellent book! Great, realistically flawed characters. An truly uncommon protagonist. Great book!
  • Taylor Ramirez
    This was an interesting book. I really liked the alien plotline and the mystery of them unfolding. Finding out that they are humans and when it’s discovered they lied to humans, it genuinely pissed me off. Marianne is an interesting protagonist and it’s really sad to see people like Evan die or Noah go to space. The only thing that bugged me about her is that she didn’t find it to be a big deal that the aliens lied about the spore cloud. Li...
  • Rose
    Very enjoyable, very intelligent book. Great protagonist - a 50-ish woman scientist, who likes sex, makes mistakes, and seems like a very real person.
  • Amelia
    I enjoyed the book a lot, and a big part of that was because I could relate to the main character. She is an academic, so am I. She does basically obscure research that no one outside her field cares about, which occasionally (and apparently randomly) gets a lot of public attention. That's my job in a nutshell. She also has to deal with a lot of bullshit from people who should really know better, or who should at least be more considerate. Welcom...
  • Danyel
    An interesting tale of humanities first contact with alien life. I liked the narrative but I found the many of the characters rather flat. The author also continuously pulled on stereotypes of black folks in order to create the character of Sissy.
  • Mark
    This is really three novels in one: An "Earth's first encounter with aliens" story, an "ecological apocalypse" story, and a "intrigue with space battle" story. It's dark, particularly the middle part, but it's pretty entertaining if you can surf the shift in stories. Nancy Kress is talented enough to make such surfing pretty easy and I admire the scope of the effort. I particularly appreciate the closure at the end with enough open window for a s...
  • Matthew Galloway
    I think this is the sort of novel that will work for people who like idea focused, harder sci-fi. As you can probably guess from my rating, that's not really me. I need characters I can really latch onto and care about. Unfortunately for me, most of the many characters introduced are walk-on parts, and they are shuffled out of the story one way or another. Marianne is the main POV character, but I had a hard time connecting with her. Now, part of...
  • Chris
    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*Tomorrow’s Kin is the first in a new sci-fi series by Nancy Kress. It opens with a mystery, of sorts – an alien spaceship sat at anchor near the United Nations. But there’s more than first contact at stake.The world as we know it has changed. Well, a little, anyway. At the start of Tomorrow’s Kin, the social geography feels familiar. New York is still New York – a thriving city of millions, ...
  • Amy Softa
    I’ve read a couple of books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed both of them, in fact, the first book that I read was Yesterday’s Kin. The book that this series is based upon or is a continuation of. I thought the cover looked familiar when requesting it so I dug a little deeper and discovered the connection and became concerned for a moment that I was about to read the same book twice. The page count was different so I decided to continue ...
  • G33z3r
    I knew whe I started that this was the first book expanding on Kress's novella Yesterday's Kin, so no shock that the first 1/3 was close to re-reading that novella. (Aliens make first contact.) Kress specializes in bio-science fiction, and even though there are aliens, this is no exception, though she's also tossed in a bit of climate change. The 2nd third reprises some themese Kress previously explored in Beggars in Spain (or Bear did in Darwin'...
  • James
    This is an expanded version of the novella Yesterday's Kin. I read part of it and when I'd realized I'd mostly read it already, I stopped.
  • Jamie Larnach
    I found Tomorrow's Kin to be a compelling read. A great first contact adventure with likeable and complex characters.
  • Charlie
    3.5 stars. I liked several things about this book but other things didn't really make sense to me. The rest is a spoiler so click below if you want to see that.(view spoiler)[Things I liked:I liked most of the ecology stuff where the mice were killed off by the 'spore' virus, causing ecological and economic catastrophes.I liked (though it was depressing) the themes of climate change storms, the decline of the US, isolationist politics, etc. I lik...
  • Mal Warwick
    In most first contact stories, human meets alien, and then something happens. Whether the aliens are evil or benign, the tale centers on whatever happens in their interaction. That's not the case in Tomorrow's Kin, the first volume in Nancy Kress's engrossing Yesterday's Kin Trilogy. The contact between Terrans and Denebs in the novel is obviously key to the story. But this is hard sci-fi about evolutionary biology. Science is central to the tale...
  • Milliebot
    This review and others posted over at my blog. Thank you to Tor for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.I figured I would enjoy this book (otherwise, what’s the point of requesting it?) but I didn’t think I’d be as absorbed as I was!Environmental and medical based sci-fi is a subgenre that I’m still exploring (see: Mira Grant) and one that I’m really coming to love. This is a story about peaceful alien contac...
  • Paul
    This book has a good premise and a decent story structure; the biggest problem with it is that the characters and milieu are frankly depressing and a usually at least a bit unpleasant (though I suppose that is at least partially the point of the book).Between this and the Sleepless trilogy, I am starting to categorize Nancy Kress along with Robert Charles Wilson as solid writers who specialize in realistic, mildly depressing near-future science f...