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Breed to Come by Andre Norton

Breed to Come (1972)

by Andre Norton

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I enjoyed this story immensely this week. Although Andre Norton is one of the authors that got me into science fiction, I don't remember this one from my childhood. This story is one that puts her in the top level of the great writers of the genre.

Breed to Come does what science fiction rightly is known for. The what if of the story combines with human interest to lead you to suspend disbelief and go with the wild ideas until you get to the end.

I was riveted by the story of Furtig and the people he finds in the lairs. I admire his spirit. He is not a great fighter and suffers a defeat near the beginning of the book. His defeat is accepted as a step on his journey to uncover the secrets of his world and grow as an individual.

Breed to Come is superior to many science fiction books written in the same years. There are several strong characters who carry out important tasks separately from Furtig. We care about those other characters and look forward to finding out the results of their endeavors when Furtig meets up with them.

This book is written in 3rd person, mostly from Furtig's POV. The story is told in past tense. It took me 3 days of several hours each day to finish. I recommend to all ages. I think kids as young as 8 years old would probably be OK with it. No sex and moderate violence. The ideal audience will be made up of cat lovers. I would classify this story as a futuristic post-apocalyptic adventure. Thanks, Andre Norton. ( )
  SAGibson | May 15, 2015 |
Norton's futuristic tale centers on a group of felines who have evolved into one of the planet's dominant species in the absence of humans. Where the humans went and how this evolution began is one of the book's central questions. Dogs, pigs and rats have become more advanced as well and there is conflict between each of these groups. One far-thinking leader attempts to unite the groups called Barkers, Tuskers and People in the event the "Demons" (humans) return. It is expected the Rattons will side with the Demons.
Norton's world-building is excellent, as is his characterization of each species. This complicated thought experiment also includes dramatic, suspenseful passages which elevate the story and keep the reader enthralled. Although the ending seems rushed and a little anti-climactic, it is an enjoyable read and well worth your time. ( )
  EmScape | Jun 13, 2013 |
This story was very enjoyable read. It was well written and the characters were very likable. This adventure is Andre Norton at her best. ( )
  marysneedle | May 10, 2013 |
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Man is old enough to see himself as he really is - a mammal among mammals...He is old enough to know that in the years to come he may be crowded out like the prehistoric monsters of the past, while life breaks out in some ascendant form that is better suited to survive...
- Homer W. Smith, Kamongo
What monstrous folly, think you, ever led nature to create her one great enemy - man!
- John Charles van Dyke
With appreciation for their invaluable aid in research, my thanks to my resident people-in-fur (in order of seniority)
Su Li
and to the valiant memory of
Thai Shan
who were with us for far too short a time
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It was Hia-Hang, one of the Elders of the Western tribe who spoke - "There are Ratons in the lairs, and Demons. If they have indeed returned, it is best to let them have the lairs. those of our kind saved their lives before by taking to the wilds."

Forkatt spoke for the first time. "Ony just, Elder. It was only because the Demons fought among themselves that they escaped. These Demons are neither sick nor fighting among themselves, If they come in strength, how long will it be before they hunt us again?"

A sharp growl arose among the tribes, ears flattened and tails lashed. The warriors rose, their claws ready for battle.
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