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Breed to Come (original 1972; edition 1980)

by Andre Norton

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Breed to Come by Andre Norton (1972)

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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 |
A postapocalyptic style story. In the far future, humans are no longer. Cats, dogs etc. have evolved, and are the dominant species on the planet. These aren't your average useless feline, but do have some intelligence.

They have legends and mythology, especially of demons e.g. humans. So, of course, some of these come back.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2007/01/breed-to-come-andre-norton.html ( )
  bluetyson | Jan 28, 2007 |
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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
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With invaluable appreciation for their aid in research, my thanks to my resident people-in-fur (in order of seniority)
Timmie
Punch
Samwise
Frodo
Su Li
and to the valiant memory of
Thai Shan
Sabina
Samantha
who were with us for far too short a time
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There was a light breeze, just enough to whisper through the leaves.
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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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