Gene Wars II: Torin is human; his horse is mostly horse but also part lizard, so she can fly. Torin is better than a slave,...

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THE FIRST BATTLE OF MORN

Gene Wars II: Torin is human; his horse is mostly horse but also part lizard, so she can fly. Torin is better than a slave, but lower than the ruling Teachers--although the Teachers need him, because he alone has the right mind pattern to become part of their computer and thus let them control the genetic destiny of Mom. The Teachers are by now more spider than human, as the radiation from a sister planet increases, and Torin must choose between living under their domination and giving Morn its uncontrolled destiny; aided by his lizard friend Grizzum and the slave Anne, he chooses to overthrow the Teachers. That may or may not be an accurate synopsis; there's so much going on in this first novel that it's a little hard to tell. There is, in fact, enough here for several books: not only is it unclear just what this book is about but also, unfortunately, the narrative and dialogue lack drama, often sounding flat and perfunctory. Nevertheless, there is a powerful imagination at work here, and both the topic and the field are popular.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1988

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 178

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1988